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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, Faruk Lasaki
Johannes von Gwinner, ...
Marie Ka, Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye
BABYLON PARTNER LINKS
Babylon collaborates regularly with partner orgnanisations, including AHRC-funded Migrant and Diasporic Cinema Research Network
BABYLON PROJECTS 2015
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BABYLON PROJECTS 2013-14
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BABYLON BREAKTHROUGH Event at 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012
This year BABYLON hosts the closing event of the London Film Festival's Industry Programme, 10.30 on 21st October at NFT3, BFI Southbank.