Speakers

Friday_17_Pitchfest LIVE_014NEW SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED IN SUMMER 2016
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 150 professional speakers from all aspects of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them. New speakers are added periodically with the vast majority being confirmed late spring / early summer 2016. Get updates by signing up below.


You have transformed the very idea of a Screenwriters Conference into an event FOR and BY writers… I suspect you are also transforming the industry as you go

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Launch

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Downton Abbey, Gosford Park

Author of several best-seller novels, Oscar winner for Gosford Park and creator, writer and executive producer of the multi award-winning Downton Abbey.
Julian Fellowes

I came away from the Script Surgery with clear suggestions on how to improve my screenplay plus practical tools to help me implement those ideas.

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter

Legend

Jim Uhls

Jim Uhls – Screenwriter and Producer

Credits include: Fight Club, Jumper

Breaking his own cardinal rule, Jim joins us at the LSF for a live script to screen where he will undoubtedly be "talking about Fight Club".
Jim Uhls

A life changing experience

Francisco Mata, Screenwriter

Francisco Mata, Screenwriter

Headliners

Kate Leys

Kate Leys – Script editor

Kate’s session on storytelling at past festivals is the stuff of legend. Do NOT miss her!

Kate has had a hand in some of the UK's most successful feature films including The Full Monty and Trainspotting
Kate Leys
Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti – Story / Career Consultant

Credits include: TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells

Drawing on her experience as a studio exec, Jen guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers.
Jen Grisanti
Nik Powell

Nik Powell – Producer and Director of National Film and Television School

Credits include: The Crying Game, Mona Lisa

Virgin co-founder turned Producer, Nik is the man behind some of the most successful and acclaimed British films of all time.
Nik Powell
Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant and Educator

Credits include: The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Pilar Alessandra

MASSIVE thanks for organising such a wonderful festival… The Pitchfest resulted in 10 script requests!

Darrin Grimwood, Screenwriter

Darrin Grimwood, Screenwriter

Screenwriters

Barbara Machin

Barbara Machin – Screenwriter

Credits include: Waking The Dead, The Bill

Barbara Machin is the BAFTA and EMMY award winning screenwriter who created BBC1’s worldwide selling hit series Waking The Dead.
Barbara Machin
Paul Bassett Davies

Paul Bassett Davies – Writer

Credits include: Spitting Image, Alas Smith And Jones, Rory Bremner, Magic Roundabout

Paul has written for and directed the biggest names in comedy. He's also creative director of The London Comedy Writers' Festival
Paul Bassett Davies
Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio – Screenwriter

Credits include: Line Of Duty, Cardiac Arrest

Jed's most recent credit, 'Line of Duty', is the most watched BBC2 drama series in the multichannel era.
Jed Mercurio
Jonathan Asser

Jonathan Asser – Screenwriter

Credits include: Starred Up

Jonathan wrote the multi-award-winning STARRED UP.
Jonathan Asser
Mark Stay

Mark Stay – Screenwriter

Credits include: Eddie's Dead, Robot Overlords

Mark is the co-writer of 'Robot Overlords' which went from a two-pitch into a £7m indie British film starring Gillian Anderson.
Mark Stay
Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton – Play/Screenwriter

Credits include: The Archbishop and the Antichrist

Currently in prep for the film version of 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist' starring Forrest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn.
Michael Ashton
Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin – Screenwriter

Credits include: Big Bad World, Between The Lines

Nicholas' debut feature 'Florence Foster Jenkins' starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant was released in cinemas in May 2016.
Nicholas Martin
Sam Leifer

Sam Leifer – Screenwriter

Credits include: Plebs, How Not To Live Your Life

Sam is the co-creator, writer and director of Plebs, the multi-award-winning Ancient Roman sitcom.
Sam Leifer
Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Despite the Falling Snow

British writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist screenwriter, and feature film director.
Shamim Sarif
Simon Fitzmaurice

Simon Fitzmaurice – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: My Name Is Emily

Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning writer and film director, his debut feature the award winning 'My Name Is Emily' was released in April this year.
Simon Fitzmaurice
Simon Nye

Simon Nye – Screenwriter

Credits include: Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin

Simon was a translator before starting his writing career as a novelist, adapting his two novels 'Men Behaving Badly' and 'Wideboy' into TV series.
Simon Nye
Toby Whithouse

Toby Whithouse – Screenwriter

Credits include: Being Human, The Game, Torchwood

Toby is the Writer/Creator of Being Human and BBC's stylish hit new show The Game.
Toby Whithouse

The Elevator Pitch was the best shot of adrenaline I’ve had in years – the perfect legal high

Diana Rampton, Writer & Filmmaker

Diana Rampton, Writer & Filmmaker

People who get stuff made

Yvonne Grace

Yvonne Grace – Television Drama Producer/Script Editor/Writer

Credits include: Eastenders, Holby City

Yvonne has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV.
Yvonne Grace
Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes – Producer

Credits include: Eden Lake, Waking Ned, Shooting Fish, Resistance

Prolific and tenacious British producer who gets films made where others fail.
Richard Holmes
Ned Dowd

Ned Dowd – Producer

Apocalypto, King Arthur, Ondine, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans

Apocalypto, King Arthur, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans are a handful of films on Ned's resume - it reads more like our movie collection!
Ned Dowd
Mellie Buse

Mellie Buse – Screenwriter & Producer

Credits include: Grandpa In My Pocket

Grandpa In My Pocket has received three BAFTA nominations and won the 2010 Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme.
Mellie Buse
Julian Friedmann

Julian Friedmann – Film, TV and literary agent

Agent and great supporter of emerging talent.

Julian has years of experience as a literary agent and was the founder of ScriptWriter magazine.
Julian Friedmann
Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows – Writer and producer

Credits include: Baseline, Sign Language

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer. 
Stephen Follows
Gareth Unwin

Gareth Unwin – Producer

Credits include: The King's Speech, Kajaki. The True Story

Gareth produced The King's Speech and walked away with an Oscar, a BAFTA and countless other awards. 
Gareth Unwin
Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald – Producer

Credits include: Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later...

Co-Founder of DNA Films, best known for his collaborations with John Hodge and Danny Boyle.
Andrew Macdonald
Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Producer & Screenwriter

Credits include: Pet Squad, Bear Behaving Badly, Teletubbies

After a short stint in ‘grown up drama', she has been regressing ever since…
Catherine Williams
Hanan Kattan

Hanan Kattan – Producer & Entrepreneur

Credits include: Despite the Falling Snow

Hanan is the award-winning sole producer of four feature films and head honcho behind TEDxHolyLand.
Hanan Kattan
Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell – Producer & Creative Director | Eleven

Credits include: The Enfield Haunting, Glue

Co-Founder of Eleven Film, Jamie serves as Executive Producer for much of the company's output.
Jamie Campbell
John Yorke

John Yorke – MD Angel Station

Credits include: Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars

John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling.
John Yorke
Kim Ashton

Kim Ashton – Artist and Producer

Credits include: The Archbishop and the Antichrist

Kim is currently in pre-production on Michael Ashton's award winning 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist' ('The Forgiven').
Kim Ashton

To be all schmaltzy about it, ‘it feels like coming home’.

Charlotte Thompson, Screenwriter

Charlotte Thompson, Screenwriter

Directors

Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman – Writer & Director

Credits include: Swinging With The Finkels, Foster, Maria Mundi and the Midas Box

Jonathan most recently directed the $25m movie Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
Jonathan Newman
Kristoffer Nyholm

Kristoffer Nyholm – Director

Credits include: The Killing, The Enfield Haunting

Kristoffer was lead director on Danish phenomenon The Killing and more recently The Enfield Haunting for SKY.
Kristoffer Nyholm
Marc Price

Marc Price – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Colin, Magpie

Marc is an award winning Director, Screenwriter, Camera Operator, Editor & Producer.
Marc Price

Being able to watch the full range of recorded sessions in the future on the Delegates Network is invaluable

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Actors

Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore – Actor, Writer (Bates Motel)

Credits include: Bates Motel, Finding Neverland

Twice winner of the Film Critics’ award for Best Young Actor. Plus he writes 'Bates Motel'.
Freddie Highmore

The Script Surgery provided excellent advice and improved my screenplay story structure.

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

People who know stuff

Karol Griffiths

Karol Griffiths – Script Editor & Supervisor

Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Friends

Karol has been Lynda La Plante's script and copy editor for the past 3 years and has Edited and Supervised many prime-time TV shows and films.
Karol Griffiths
Kira-Anne Pelican

Kira-Anne Pelican – Screenwriter & Script Consultant

Kira-Anne is an independent script consultant, a PhD researcher in Screenwriting, and visiting tutor at the Met Film School, London.
Kira-Anne Pelican
Ludo Smolski

Ludo Smolski – Development Consultant

Credits include: Filth, Leave To Remain

Ludo is a development consultant and script editor, and is a co-Tutor of the National Film & Television School's Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development.
Ludo Smolski
Yalda T Uhls

Yalda T Uhls – Former movie executive and expert in child development

Credits include: My Family, Tree's Lounge

Former movie executive, Yalda is now an expert on child development and consults with Disney and Henson Pictures.
Yalda T Uhls

The legal team was helpful and encouraging and gave me some excellent advice as to how to protect my TV series idea

Gary Sharp, Screenwriter

Gary Sharp, Screenwriter

Moderators

Karen Krizanovich

Karen Krizanovich – Writer, broadcaster, presenter and producer

Credits include: The Film Programme

Veteran LSF Karen brings her years in the media business to ensure insightful and entertaining sessions.
Karen Krizanovich
Guy Cocker

Guy Cocker – Broadcaster

Broadcasting credits: BBC 5 Live, Sky News, CNN

Writes regularly for Wired, T3 and Stuff, and is the resident video game expert on BBC 5 live, Sky News and CNN.
Guy Cocker
Maureen Hascoet

Maureen Hascoet – Agent & Director

Credits include: 50 Kisses ('Enough' segment)

Maureen is a veteran of the LSF production team, now working for Blueberry Creative Consultants. She is also a talented director in her own right.
Maureen Hascoet

Joe Eszterhas is reading my script!

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton