Abuja 2011

The second Babylon International workshop took place in Abuja, Nigeria, from 23rd September to 3rd October 2011, focusing on production and marketing of the films selected for the 2011 programme.

As in 2010, the session continued the script development work begun in Berlin. Detailed production consultancy with Babylon experts covered topics such as budget, finance plans, packaging and marketing strategies, with the aim of making each film as market-ready as possible.

Babylon consultants included: John Akomfrah, Tony Dennis, Gareth Jones, Lina Gopaul, Barbara Mutschler, Jürgen Seider and Johannes von Gwinner.

Alongside project development, a production lab produced a promo based on each of the selected feature film scripts, providing mentored assistance with casting, location selection, rehearsal, shoot and post-production.

The finished sequences were screened together with a verbal pitch from each filmmaker to a large, receptive audience that included a number of invited industry guests such as producers, buyers and sales agents, at a special session of the Abuja Film Festival in the Silver Bird multiplex cinema. This was followed by the awards ceremony of the Abuja Film Festival at which Scripthouse CEO Jürgen Seidler conferred the Best Nigerian Film award, and Babylon International participant Mira Tanna-Händl a further award.

The promos will be available online on various platforms during the coming year. All enquries please to: info@scripthouse.de

BABYLON INTERNATIONAL is led by BABYLON co-producers Script House (Berlin), Scenario Films (London) and Ciné-Sud Promotion (Paris) and is funded by the European Union's MEDIA MUNDUS and the Nigerian Film


Pictures from the 2011 Abuja Workshop:



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