A European Film
celebrating Europe's cultural diversity
Babylon International kicked off its annual programme with a residential script development workshop in Berlin (23-29 May), again bringing together filmmakers from Europe and West Africa.
An impressive 17 feature film projects were selected for this year's edition, from Austria, Belgium, Bukina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, France, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and the UK.
The workshop combined round-table discussions, screenings and lectures with in depth screenplay analysis from leading script and production consultants including John Akomfrah, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Isabelle Blanchard and Tony Dennis, together with Babylon's Jürgen Seidler, Gareth Jones, Thierry Lenouvel of Cine Sud Promotion and NFC Director Afolabi Adesanya.
Selected producers and writer-directors met in Europe 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 MUNDUS and the Nigerian Film Corporation.
Following Berlin, the filmmakers returned home to rewrite their scripts according to the briefs agreed at the concluding session of the workshop, with online advice and mentoring provided in preparation for the production lab in Abuja.
Pictures from the 2011 Berlin Workshop:
Ekwa Msangi-Omari, Mona Ombogo-Scott
Saidi el-Gheithy, Mira Tanna-Händel
Isabelle Blanchard, Abdoulaye Dao, Gervais Kwene
Gareth Jones group session
Jeremias Nussbaum, Axel Mboua
Dorothea Wenner, Vincenzo Bugno
Jürgen Seidler, Afolabi Adesanya, Vincenzo Bugno
Gareth Jones, John Akomfrah
BABYLON 2017-18 PARTNER LOGOS
BABYLON PROJECTS 2017-18
Read more about the projects selected for Babylon RiverRhine 2017-18.
BABYLON PARTICIPANTS 2017-18
Read more about the participants selected for Babylon RiverRhine 2017-18.
BABYLON ACADEMIC ASSOCIATES
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
Podcast: Gareth Jones/Sarita Malik/Leslee Udwin