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Berlin 2010

Babylon International launched its inaugural programme during the Berlinale in February, with a residential script development workshop bringing together filmmakers from Europe and West Africa.

12 feature film projects were selected for this year’s edition, from Belgium, Bukina Faso, France, Germany, Nigeria, Senegal and the UK.

During the first 6 months of the year, the selected producers and writer-directors met in Europe and Africa to compare working notes, share creative aims through the development of their projects and to expand their industrial networks across the 2 continents, in a programme jointly funded by MEDIA International and the Nigerian Film Corporation.

The opening workshop was held during the Berlin Film Festival, 16-20th February at the British Council offices in Alexanderplatz, courtesy of the Director, Dr Patrick Hart. A varied schedule combined round-table discussions, screenings and lectures with in depth screenplay analysis from leading script consultants including Alby James, John Akomfrah, Tony Dennis and Femi Odugbemi, together with Babylon’s Jürgen Seidler, Gareth Jones and Nathalie Valentin, and NFC Director Afolabi Adesanya.

Babylon also enabled participants to take advantage of the Berlinale where they attended a number of Berlin Talent Campus events and an introduction to the European Film Market accompanied by distributor Jürgen Fabritius.

Following Berlin, the filmmakers returned home to rewrite their scripts according to the briefs agreed at the concluding session of the workshoip, with online advice provided in preparation for the next phase.

Pictures from the 2010 Berlin Workshop:

Plenary pitching session

Mweze Ngandura, Johannes von Gwinner, Nathalie Valentin

Tony Dennis, ... Faruk Lasaki

Jürgen Seidler, Gareth Jones

John Akomfrah, Afolabi Adesanya, Jürgen Seidler, Gareth Jones

Marc Picavez, Didi Cheeka, Sebari Diete-Spiff

Femi Odugbemi, Ian Masters

Sebari Diete-Spiff, Massaer Dieng, Femi Odugbemi

..., Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye, Hermann Djoumessi

Missa Hebie, Nathalie Valentin, Abbas Bakhtiari, Marc Picavez

Afolabi Adesanya, Faruk Lasaki

Sebari Diete-Spiff, Funke Oyebanjo,

Sebari Diete-Spiff, Funke Oybanjo, Alby James

Massaer Dieng, Marie Ka

Tony Dennis

Tony Dennis, Faruk Lasaki

Johannes von Gwinner, ...

Marie Ka, Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye



Babylon collaborates regularly with partner orgnanisations, including AHRC-funded Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Research Network

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Network

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Thierry Lenouvel

Far Flung Families in Film

Podcast: Gareth Jones/Sarita Malik/Leslee Udwin


Read more about the projects selected for Babylon Europe 2015.

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