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.


I came out of the LSF with a clear plan what I need to do next, greater confidence about my work and amazing new contacts and friends

Tina Steffan, Screenwriter, Germany

Tina Steffan, Screenwriter, Germany

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 undoubtably be "talking about Fight Club".
Jim Uhls

If I hadn’t come to the festival I wouldn’t have improved as a writer, got an agent, and now I have a meeting at Hollyoaks about writing the show!

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Hayley November, 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
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

The value of being an LSF sponsor greatly exceeded our expectations and we look forward to coming back in the years to come

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

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
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
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 LSF is unparalleled in terms of opportunity to network, pitch, learn and propel your career forwards.’

Stephan Burn, Writer

Stephan Burn, Writer

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
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
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

I had high expeditions of the festival and they were totally exceeded. I met great people and learnt a wealth of information. It was brilliant.

Ndidi Spencer, Screenwriter and Director

Ndidi Spencer, Screenwriter and Director

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

I went away with so much helpful and insightful notes that I was immediately able to apply to my scripts

Lou Panteli, Writer

Lou Panteli, Writer

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

I got so fired up and enthused all I wanted to do was go away and write.

Lorren Boniface, Screenwriter

Lorren Boniface, 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

I’m deeply grateful to LSF for the opportunity to have a legal expert examine my query in such a thoughtful and thorough manner.

Janet Van Eden, Screenwriter

Janet Van Eden, Screenwriter