About the LondonSWF


spekrsThe London Screenwriters’ Festival is an annual three-day conference for screenwriters.

In 2025 we are adding an extra TWO day ONLINE only event in March.

One ticket will get you access to ALL events*.

All sessions will be streamed live and become availble online later.

In 2025, the LSF will be held at Regent’s University in Regent’s Park, London*, from the Date TBC. Directions to the venue here

*NOTE: There were be two pitchfest events. One online and one in person. Online ticket holders will get access to the online pitchfest. In person ticket holders will get access to the inperson pitchfest.

Delegates chatting

For three days (and the new two day additional online event), over 1,000 screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, practitioners, actors and executives congregate to share ideas, build powerful relationships, and get a creative shot in the arm.

Most delegates report massive breakthroughs in their understanding of the business and craft, as well as huge acceleration toward their career goals. However, perhaps the most vital part of the festival is the inspiration and sense of belonging you will experience when you attend. Year on year, delegates report that the community at the festival is one of the main reasons they return.

Online Festival

We kick of the festival this year with a two day online event. Since the early days of the pandemic, we have paved the way for online festival offerings that bring people together, delivering world class screenwriting insight, but most of all, igniting the passion to ‘write to get produced’. You can read feedback from our online festivals HERE.

A reminder that ALL sessions will be streamed online this year, obviously for the online portion of the festival, but also for the in-person sessions in London too.

The only distinction between the online and in-person passes is that the online passes get access to the online Pitchfest, and in-person passes get access to the in person Pitchfest.

All sessions will be added to LSFConnect, adding to the expanding library of session available to delegates.

sessionsThe Main Events

During the three days of the festival there are around 100 structured seminars, lessons and workshops.

You can see the schedule for this year, here (the schedule for 2025 will start to populate in the months before the festival).

You can see an evolving list of the 2025 sessions, here.

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You do not need to book a place for any of these sessions, they are all on a first come, first seated basis.

Occasionally, some sessions are so popular, seating will run out.

We will try and give you advance warning about these sessions so you can get there early if you want to attend.

Between sessions, there are half-hour breaks, with a ninety-minute break for lunch. Onsite, there is breakfast, lunch and dinner available, plus drinks, tea and barista coffee.

The breaks are a great opportunity to network with delegates and speakers.

In the evenings (Friday and Saturday of the festival) we host networking drinks which most delegates and many speakers attend. It’s a chance to unwind, consolidate old relationships and create new relationships.

Additionally, on the Thursday night before the official opening of the festival, there is a networking party where you can pick up your pass early.

Over half the delegates usually attend this Thursday event.

There is a floorplan of the venue (that will be updated before the festival), here.

cameraWe also film most sessions so you don’t miss out. These sessions form an ever-growing library of world-class seminars and workshops that are available to delegates only.

When you sign up you will get access to all past video sessions, as well as the sessions from the festival for which you have purchased a pass.

You can watch a sample video, an ‘In conversation with William Nicholson’ the screenwriter of Gladiator, by clicking here.

Well-constructed, beautifully presented – a rollercoaster of emotions with a quality cast of supporting acts. The SWF is everything a movie and a festival should be!"

Inga J Sempel, Screenwriter

Inga J Sempel, Screenwriter

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The Speakers

Every year we have around 100  industry professionals who come and speak. In the past, we have played host to the world’s biggest screenwriters, producers, agents and directors.

These industry experts have included…

  • Matt Charman
    (Writer – Bridge of Spies)
  • Ed Neumeier
    (Writer, Producer – Robocop, Starship Troopers)
  • Jonathan Lynn
    (Writer, Director – Yes Minister, My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards)
  • Lynne Ramsay
    (Writer, Director, Producer – Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin)
  • Jeb Stuart
    (Writer – Die Hard, The Fugitive)
  • Paul Abbott
    (Writer – Shameless, State of Play)
  • Christopher Vogler
    (Story Consultant – The Writer’s Journey)
  • Scott Myers
    (Writer, Educator – Go Into The Story)
  • Stephen Woolley
    (Producer, Director – The Crying Game, Carol, Interview with the Vampire)
  • Bruce Robinson
    (Writer – Withnail and I)
  • Steven Moffat
    (Writer, Producer – Dr Who, Sherlock)
  • Mark Gatiss
    (Writer, Actor – Sherlock, League of Gentlemen)
  • Ken Loach
    (Legend!)
  • Jim Uhls
    (Writer – Fight Club)
  • W. Peter Ilif
    (Writer – Point Break, Patriot Games)
  • Christopher McQuarrie
    (Writer – Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation)
  • Stephen Frears
    (Director, Writer – The Grifters, The Queen, High Fidelity, Philomena)Day3_Session11_Where's the originality gone_[SMALL]_183
  • Carl Gottlieb
    (Writer – Jaws)
  • Nicole Perlman
    (Writer – Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Ol Parker
    (Writer – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
  • Duncan Heath
    (Agent)
  • Joel Schumacher
    (Director, Writer – The Lost Boys, The Client, Falling Down)
  • Ted Tally
    (Writer – Silence Of The Lambs, Red Dragon, The Juror)
  • Lynda La Plante
    (Writer – Prime Suspect, Above Suspicion)
  • Phil Redmond
    (Creator of Brookside, Grange Hill and Hollyoaks)
  • William Nicholson
    (Writer – Gladiator, Les Miserables, Shadowlands)
  • Charlie Brooker
    (Writer – Black Mirror, A Touch Of Cloth)
  • 10625633854_4c4f1fa918Joe Eszterhas
    (Writer – Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge)
  • Mike Leigh
    (Director, Writer – Secrets & Lies, Naked, Life Is Sweet)
  • David Hare
    (Writer – The Reader, The Hours)
  • Dan Mazer
    (Writer – Borat, Ali G)
  • Lisa Albert
    (Writer, Producer – Mad Men)
  • Olivia Williams
    (Actor – The Sixth Sense, An Education)
  • Olivia Williams close-up (1)Gurinder Chadha
    (Writer, Director – Bend It Like Beckham)
  • Frank Spotnitz
    (Writer, Producer – Hunted, The X-Files, Millenium)
  • Duncan Kenworthy
    (Producer – Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings)
  • Edgar Wright
    (Director, Writer – Tin Tin, Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead)
  • David Reynolds
    (Pixar & Disney Staff Writer – Finding Nemo, Emperor’s New Groove, Mulan)
  • John August
    (Writer – Dark Shadows, Big Fish, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)
  • Mike Leigh headlining at the LSFIan Brennan
    (Creator – Glee!)
  • Ash Atalla
    (Producer – The I.T. Crowd, The Office)
  • Robert Popper
    (Writer, Producer – Friday Night Dinner, Look Around You)
  • Stephen Mangan
    (Actor – Greenwing, Episodes)
  • Jessica Hynes
    (Writer, Actor – Spaced)
  • Sally Phillips
    (Actor, Writer – Smack The Pony, Miranda)
  • Griff Rhys Jones
    (Writer, Performer – Not the 9 O’Clock News, Alas Smith & Jones)

Linda Aronson knows how to write a good screenplay at the LSFOver 600 industry professionals have now presented at the LSF including execs and producers from broadcasters, Hollywood studios, and UK productions (large, small and everything in between).

Alongside the industry professionals, world-class screenwriting tutors and practitioners from the UK and Hollywood also attend, providing what are often the most widely attended sessions of the festival. They have included…

  • Pilar Alessandra shares a joke at the LSFPilar Alessandra (Pitching Expert)
  • Christopher Vogler (Writers Journey)
  • Robert McKee
  • Scott Myers (The Black List)
  • Karl Iglesias (Hollywood Script Expert)
  • Jen Grisanti (Hollywood TV Expert)
  • Linda Aronson (Non-Linear Expert)
  • Julie Gray (Story Expert)
  • Christopher Vogler (Hero’s Journey Expert)
  • Linda Pogieter (Negotiation Expert)
  • Luke Ryan (Producing Expert & Active Producer)
  • Kate Leys (Script Expert & Active Script Editor)

There is an up-to-date list of speakers here (there will be around 150 by Date TBC).

LSF reinvigorates a screenwriter's 'mojo' and infuses it with the strength to persevere."

Dee Chilton, Writer

Dee Chilton, Writer

Additional Events

During the festival, there are also separate events that are included as part of your ticket. You must apply for each of these events ahead of the festival and the process for application differs slightly for each.

An excitied pitchee at the LSF Great Britsh Pitchfest

Pitchfest! 

The most popular of these additional initiatives is the Pitchfest where you get the chance to pitch your projects to execs, producers, agents and filmmakers. Each delegate gets ONE ninety minute slot* for the Pitchfest and the booking system goes live on Date TBC.

Due to the popularity of the Online PitchFest in 2021, we are delighted to bring the PitchFest back online, with execs tuning in to speak with you from all around the globe!

Speed Pitching, Keep Calm and Pitch at the LSF

NOTE: Online passes get access to the online Pitchfest, and in-person passes get access to the in person Pitchfest.

Slots go fast, so make sure you are available to book yours (we will email you about this closer to the time).

You can see Pitch Execs attending the Pitchfest here (most will go online in the months before the event).

You can read more about the Pitchfest, here.

To get so many high-powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I've benefited, and it's more than worth the cost."

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Linda Aronson and Co in the LSF Green Room

Other Workshops Include… The Advanced Mentoring Script Labs 

The objective of the Labs is to assist writers who have a fully developed screenplay in a specific genre, to move their work to the next level.

The labs will be delivered via Zoom this year.

There will be a variety of slots available, covering a variety of disciplines and topics. Within each Lab, there is space for up to six writers. The labs are different each year.

Past Labs have included ‘Writing For Disney with Finding Nemo writer Dave Reynolds’, ‘Writing The Hollywood Thriller with Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas’, ‘Writing Fantastical Universes with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman’, ‘Writing Comedy Features with Borat writer Dan Mazer’, and ‘Writing For Channel Four with former Channel Four Commissioner Gub Neal’.

Submissions open Date TBC and close Date TBC and we encourage the writers and expert leading each Lab, to connect and begin work before and after the festival.

Successful applicants are announced on Date TBC.  More here.

Joe Eszterhas is reading my script!"

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

Actors-Table-Read-0031Other Workshops Include… The Actors Table Read

The Actors’ Table Read is an opportunity for you to get your screenplay workshopped by professional actors and a director. This has proven to be our most successful initiative to date, with 99.8% positive feedback participants.

In 2025 we aim to have 144 slots available.

Actors Table Read sessionIf you submit a script to the process and you are selected, you will attend a one-hour session where you, the director and the actors will work on one sequence (between 3 and five pages) of your script.

These are closed sessions and will be booked before the festival. Submissions open on Date TBC and close Date TBC. Successful applicants will be announced on Date TBC

More here, including a short behind-the-scenes video.

You can see the actors and directors who will work on your scripts, here.

The Actors’ Table Read was my highlight… I learned so much from the friendly, talented actors. The director came up with an idea which dramatically improved my script."

Janet Williams, Screenwriter

Janet Williams, Screenwriter

David Reynold Script Chat at the LSF

Other Workshops Include… Script Chat

After each session, speakers are invited to meet delegates in roundtable sessions that we call ‘Script Chats’.

These informal and intimate chats can often run for an hour or more. It’s our way of giving direct access to specific experts so that if you want to, you can take the conversation to the next level. We have found that even the biggest names are happy to spend time coaching and sharing in Script Chats.

You do not need to book a place at a script chat, just turn up. Sessions that are followed by a script chat will be marked accordingly on the schedule. More here.

The Script Chats were open, informative and leisurely."

Rebecca Handley, Screenwriter

Rebecca Handley, Screenwriter

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Other Workshops Include… The Script Surgery (Details to follow soon)

Submit a two-page outline and the first ten pages of your script and we will offer expert feedback in a fifty-minute, one-on-one session.

The Script Surgery will be delivered via Zoom this year.

The booking system for Script Reading goes live on Date TBC. You can choose your slot when the sessions go live (last year all slots went in the first hour). If you get a slot, one of our readers will connect with you before the festival.

dropin-deskOn the day and time of your booking, go to your appointment with a printout of your outline and the first ten pages of your script, and you will be met by your script doctor. At any one time, six script doctors are in session and we aim to offer help on around 100 projects. More here.

You can read up about the team of script doctors here.

We also operate a drop-in desk over the three days of the festival. So if you want to just rock up with your script, get some feedback or ask for career advice, head over to The Script Surgery and book yourself a slot in one of the drop-in sessions.

The speakers were amazing; how Talent Campus got them is beyond me // 500 stars (out of 5)"

Luke Graves, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Luke Graves, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

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Other Workshops Include… The Legal Clinic 

Do you have legal issues you need a lawyer to help you with? All delegates at the festival have the option to apply for the legal clinic that is run by Blue Pencil Media.

The legal clinic will be delivered via Zoom this year.

You can ask any question you like and their legal team will do their best to answer your concerns.  More here.

I still can’t quite believe what I’ve lived through these last few days – totally amazing."

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter

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Other Workshops Include… Meet The Experts

Get a full half hour with seasoned film producers, distributors and executives.

Meet The Experts will be delivered via Zoom this year.

Have your project grilled by a team of heavyweights. Meet The Experts is not for the faint-hearted and you can be certain of a very tough conversation. Think Dragons Den but for writers’ concepts and projects.  More here.

This is the seventh year I’ve been to LSF and it keeps getting better!"

Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter

Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter

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Other Workshops Include… Script to Screen LIVE

Read the script, watch the film or TV show, and then meet the writers, filmmakers, and producers at the festival. This is a rare opportunity to get access to the script that was taken to set, then follow it through the journey of production, examining changes which can be discussed during the session at the festival.

In the past, we have run these fantastically insightful and entertaining screenings with Jim Uhls and Fight Club, W. Peter Iliff and Point Break, Carl Gottlieb and Jaws, Joel Schumacher and The Lost Boys, Joe Eazterhas and Basic Instinct, Ted Tally and Silence Of The Lambs, and Dave Reynolds and Finding Nemo.

One of the best weeks of my life."

Monique Amado, Writer

Monique Amado, Writer

Getting Your Pass*

*Online passes will be issued to delegates in the runup to the festival. More details will follow.

You can sign up now and get your pass HERE. Passes cost £499.

We no longer offer refunds or ‘rollovers’ if you cannot attend. This is the legacy of Covid-19. You can sell it or transfer it to another person.

Thursday_02_Registration_048One pass will get you full access to the festival. Last year we sold out nearly one month before the festival, so don’t wait to get yours.

You will need a pass BEFORE you can book any of the additional sessions such as the PitchFest, Labs or Actors Table Read.

Many delegates miss out on great stuff because they don’t plan their festival ahead of time. Read the emails we send and act on submissions and deadlines.

You will be sent a special delegate app.

This will give you an overview of the whole event and offer additional detail where needed. The App will be updated regularly too.  We will email you about the App when it becomes available. 

Volunteers at RegistrationWhen you arrive at the Festival you will be able to collect your Festival pass from registration. Without your pass you will not be allowed entry into the events, so please don’t lose it.

You can collect your pass on the Thursday Night Networking party on the Date TBC, or on the Friday morning of the festival. We advise getting to the venue early as there may be bottlenecks for the first hour or so.

Registration will stay open during the festival in case you cannot make Friday morning.


Audience at Pilar's session

Festival Week

In the three days running up to the festival (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) we run a series of one-day masterclasses.

We have designed these to be as useful as possible for delegates, especially those travelling from great distances. They are competitively priced at £48.50 per day (for LSF delegates).

You can get more information on Festival Week, here.

I'm writing a thriller, and my mentor – who I'm having regular sessions with – wrote a book on how to write thrillers. Doesn't get much better than that."

Mark MacNicol

Mark MacNicol

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Once signed up, we will email you regularly with updates when needed. We will always do this with a header using hashtags. An example email header might be…

## PitchFest Booking System, Goes Live on Saturday ##

This would signify this is an operational email from us that you should read and not leave till the end of the week or delete as spam. We do send a lot of these emails as we don’t want you to miss out on the good stuff.

The 2016 standard was as high as ever, and the quality and range of opportunities almost overwhelming. I will definitely be attending next year."

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

calenderDates and Deadlines

There is a list of current dates and deadlines on the website, here.

If these deadlines change, we will let you know via email and update the page accordingly.

Dates WILL CHANGE, it’s inevitable. So again, please check the emails we send you.

 

Every year I go to LSWF and it gets better and better, and I come back to my writing desk excited and inspired by the learnings."

Nick von Schlippe, Writer, Director, Actor

Nick von Schlippe, Writer, Director, Actor

Sunday_16_Festival Close_020World-Class Support Team

We pride ourselves on having the best support team possible. Each and every one of them will help deliver the most extraordinary experience for you at the festival.

You will also find that, like you, most of them are also creatives who have chosen to give their time and effort to support you and your career. They are officially the superheroes of the festival.

Lots of great sessions and variety, and I’ve made new friends. I was particularly inspired by Christopher Hampton’s interview."

Bryony Quigley, Screenwriter

Bryony Quigley, Screenwriter

Friday_17_Pitchfest LIVE_004Feedback

Want more convincing? We have a ton of feedback from both delegates AND speakers (and execs) that you can read, here.

We get feedback to help share the awesome experience of the festival with others, as well as gain insight into how we can improve even more year on year.

Below is just one random quote…

The Festival made me feel energised and encouraged about my script writing, especially because of the positive responses from my pitchees at the Pitchfest."

George M Johnson, Screenwriter

George M Johnson, Screenwriter

NEES4840Join the Movement

People come to their first LondonSWF for the sessions and the speakers. People return for the feeling of belonging and the other delegates. The festival is like an annual family gathering, a tribe if you like, of people who get who you are, and you get who they are. We are not alone, we are a movement – a community.

This sense of belonging is repeatedly reported as the single most important aspect of the festival.

It has been a genuine eye-opener and I have had my writing career enriched in ways I hadn’t considered possible."

Mac McSharry, Screenwriter

Mac McSharry, Screenwriter

lswf50Whoahhhh! There’s a lot going on!

Yes, there is and that’s what is SO awesome about the festival. We have lovely staff who will answer your questions, as will the veteran delegates who offer so much too. Getting the most from the festival is all about getting prepared and then letting yourself go, allowing the experience to take a hold of you.

  • 81% of our delegates give the event 5 stars
  • 99% said they would recommend it.
  • 99% also say that it is value for money.

Get your pass here.


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We look forward to seeing you there.

Chris Jones
Creative Director
www.LondonSWF.com