Programme 2016

BABYLON offers targeted, project-based training for teams of feature film Writers, Directors and Producers, aimed at preparing their projects for the international market, maximising their production and distribution potential with key skills put into practice over an extended period.

The programme focuses on a combination of script development, production skills and market understanding, balancing intensive residential workshops with continuous mentoring by senior industry consultants.

Babylon's aim is to to build a successful and diverse pool of film storytelling and talent; to promote and strengthen cultural diversity within the independent film sector, and to provide an international platform for emerging filmmakers.


BABYLON is launching a new initiative for 2016 aimed at primarily UK-based writers, directors and producers from diverse backgrounds who want to develop high-quality, low-budget feature film projects.

The pilot year will feature an intensive 3-day project development workshop in London, with individual follow-up sessions by Skype or face-to-face as required.

In a fast-changing digital market, UK filmmakers are in a unique position to take the creative initiative. BABYLON METRO seeks to liberate emerging filmmakers' power to create, deliver and find an audience for new, innovative and relevant kinds of film.

BABYLON METRO tutors Fiona Howe and Gareth Jones have first-hand expertise in the authoring, production and distribution of digital films, with the recent completion of their own award-nominated trilogy of feature films, and a long-proven commitment to promoting the interests of young and emerging filmmakers.

The first BABYLON METRO workshop will take place as follows:

LONDON - 1st-3rd April 2016

A 3-day Feature Project Development Workshop concentrated on intensive script work, film concept and overall package.

The intention of the workshop will be to devise a working plan for the onward writing and completion of a shootable script. Development discussions of all projects will apply the following principles:

  • A good script is more likely to lead to a good film; screenwriting skills and dramaturgical expertise are key to getting a film made and seen.
  • High-quality feature films can be prepared, shot and distributed on a micro-budget, if each member of the creative team - screenwriter, director and producer - is equally committed and takes joint responsibility for the creative and commercial outcome.
  • Production tools - casting issues, directing actors, design and aesthetic issues, practicality and affordability - should be addressed as part of the development process.
  • The filmmaking world is changing at speed and new financing, production and distribution models need to be clearly understood and embraced from an early stage.
  • The digital workflow extends beyond delivery into the promotion and distribution of the film. These stages are now compressed and work in parallel at all stages of a film's life.

Working method includes:

  • Introductory pitching and group discussion of selected projects
  • In-depth screenplay and project analysis with assigned consultants in smaller project groups over three days
  • Screening and discussion of extracts from participants' previously filmed work
  • Lectures and case studies covering related topics - dramaturgy, genre, visual interpretion, aspects of production, reaching an audience
  • Free discussions during buffet lunch and supper

Participants should conclude the workshop with a plan of action for the onward development of their script and project. Following a rewrite period to be agreed during the workshop, participants book a follow-up session by mutual agreement with their consultant.


Participation fees are GBP 500 per individual. Transport costs are the responsibility of participants. The workshop costs include tuition and materials; tea, coffee and water are provided, as are buffet lunch and supper.

Ongoing membership of the Babylon Network is free for all graduates.

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