BABYLON RiverRhine concluded this year’s programme with a wide-ranging Cannes Workshop from 11th to 15th May.

Based as usual at the Creative Europe MEDIA pavilion in the International Village, participants experienced the Cannes Marché at first hand, with a number of events and receptions, alongside individual project consultancy and pitching rehearsals.

The intensive schedule included beachside seminars and case studies with BABYLON alumna Juliette Grandmont (Producer, Clandestine Films) and Eve Gabereau (Distributor, Modern Films) talking about the production and distribution of French-UK co-production I Am Not A Witch;  Head of Cinelink Sarajevo, Producer Amra Bakšić-Čamo and Producer Ada Solomon (Hi-Film, Romania), about the role of Festivals in launching a film;  Producer Arash T. Riahi (Goldengirls Filmproduktion, Austria) and Raindance Founder/Director Elliot Grove on how to make sense of the market, Producers Cheryl Johnson (J&M Pictures, South Africa) and Bhuvan Lall (Lall Entertainment, India) on co-producing opportunities with South Africa and India and Timothy O’Brien (Oration Films, US) on the role of the Sales Agent.

The central event of the workshop was the inaugural BABYLON RiverRhine Breakfast Showcase, at which our participants pitched their projects to an audience of potential co-producers and funders at the Creative Europe MEDIA stand.   We were honoured to receive introductory addresses given by Catherine Trautmann, Vice-President of Strasbourg Eurométropole and President of Eurimages, Professor Carl Bergengruen, Director of the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg MFG and Jean Rottner, President of the Regional Council of la Région Grand Est.   The showcase was attended by Pascal Mangin, President of the Cultural Commission Région Grand Est and was moderated by Gareth Jones, Director of Studies, BABYLON.

To mark the event we have introduced a Gallery to tell the story in pictures.  To find out about more details about the people and the pitched projects, please click on the photo, which will open in a new window.  Click again on the thumbnail if you want to enlarge the photo.   We hope you enjoy them!

Projects pitched:

Mathieu Z’Graggen, David Braun, Alpaga Films, BYE BYE KELLY (Feature)

Fanny Spindler, Laurence Milon, La Huit, DENIS REICHLE: IN THE GRIP OF WAR  (Documentary)

Antoine Delelis, Paviel Raymont, Les Films du Tonnerre, THE MONSTERS (Feature)

Barbara Antičević, Juliette Alfonsi, FFL Film- und Fernseh Labor, THE LAUNDRESS  (Feature)

Simone Wendel, Mario A. Conte, Projekt Gold, MY COUSIN (Documentary)

Sabina Gröner, Pascal Trächslin, Cineworx Filmproduktion, STAINS (Feature)

Jens Wischnewski, Simon Buchner,, TURNING POINT (Feature)

We are grateful to our partners this year:

Professor Carl Bergengruen Director of the MFGMedien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg
Karin Franz Drehbuchförderung/Script Funding MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg
Franck Vialle Responsible du Département Audiovisuel et Cinéma, Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg
Aurélie Reveillaud Chargée de Mission, Office Europe Créative France – Strasbourg
Murielle Famy Chargée de mission Audiovisuel et Cinéma, Région Grand Est
Glenn Handley Responsable, Pôle cinéma et image animée,  Agence culturelle d’Alsace
Dr. Katrin Grögel Beauftragte für Film und Digitale Kultur, Kantons Basel-Stadt
Michael Ackermann Leiter Film Commission Nordbaden

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