|LondonSWF 2021 (September) Update
Due to Covid uncertainty, we will be running a hybrid festival in 2021, with a three-day live event* and online sessions spread over a longer period of time. Things could change rapidly so keep an eye on our updates HERE. In person delegates will require daily flow tests and vaccine status declaration.
We are assembling the GREATEST roster of screenwriting speakers ever for our TENTH anniversary!
The London Screenwriters’ Festival will host around 130 professional speakers from all areas of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate online Script Chats (subject to technology) after their respective sessions so that you can get facetime with them. Although speakers are being added continuously, the vast majority will be confirmed in the summer of 2021. Get updates by signing up below.
LondonSWF 2018 was the best experience I ever had. It facilitated a space in which I could grow, develop new connections and get inspired to move on."
Wojciech Filaber, Screenwriter
Author of: The 21st-Century Screenplay
Linda Aronson returns to dazzle LSF delegates with her game changing explanations of how to construct non-linear and multiple storyline films.
Author of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc
Dara has nearly 30 years of script consultation experience in Hollywood.
Credits include: Gladiator, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Road To Freedom
Twice Oscar nominated William Nicholson is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist.
Disney and Pixar writer David Reynolds credits include; Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove.
Her first produced original script, ONLY YOU, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, sold for $1m, while her next, WHAT WOMEN WANT, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, is the second highest grossing rom/com of all time.
Author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Thanks to you and your team for the most amazing four days at the Screenwriters’ Festival; I have come away buzzing and have already bought my ticket for next year!"
Liz Mente-Bishop, Screenwriter
Credits include: Coronation Street, Birds Of A Feather
Damon is a TV creator, producer and writer with a wealth of experience and credits to his name.
He wrote on Judge Dredd, Freddy Vs Jason and Aquaman and has worked with Stan Lee, Robert Evans, Warner Bros. and Disney XD.
Writer and director for film and television
Credits include: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who, Torchwood
Award winner Phil has written hundreds of hours of classic TV including The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who and Torchwood.
Credits include: Dennis & Gnasher, Numtums
Tim has written hundreds of episodes for some of the world's most beloved children's shows.
Credits include: The Catherine Tate Show, Little Heart
Aschlin is an award winning Screenwriter who's latest feature, 'Swimming With Men' starring Rob Brydon was released this summer.
Author of The Process of Screenwriting
Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Credits include Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King
Henry co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen and penned the historical epic Born a King.
Credits include: August, Savage Grace
Howard A. Rodman is a Screenwriter, Novelist, Educator and President of the Writers Guild of America, West.
Credits include: Rev, The Gamechangers
James Wood is the Bafta wining writer and creator of Freezing, Rev, Ambassadors and The Gamechangers.
Credits include Harlots, Young Wallander
Jessica is developing both original and adaptation projects with companies such as Dancing Ledge, Monumental Television, Big Light, and 42 UK/US for both terrestial broadcast and streaming.
Credits include: Brookside, Holby City and New Tricks.
BAFTA winner Joe is a veteran of recurring drama, writing for some of the most popular series on TV.
Credits include: Doctor Who, The Avengers, Survivors
John’s scripts have been produced on stage, radio and as audiobooks and he has won multiple international awards.
Credits include: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Jon’s produced credits include The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the production draft of Paddington, Desert Dancer, Fast Girls and In Fear.
Credits include The Zigzag Kid
Jon is a screenwriter and script consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in the UK and US film industries.
Credits include: Tommies, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Jonathan created, writes and produces the a four-and-a-half year real-time drama - Tommies which airs on BBC Radio this autumn.
Credits include: Torchwood, Wizards Vs. Aliens
Joseph has written scripts for radio and television, including episodes of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards Vs Aliens and Hetty Feather.
Credits include: Home, Arthur & Merlin
Kat’s directorial debut, the short film 'Home' starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, makes her the first ever UK winner of the Jameson First Shot Competition.
Credits include EastEnders, Doctors
Lisa writes continuing drama series for television and also writes Big Finish audio dramas, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Time War.
Credits include: The Danish Girl, The Crimson Petal and the White
Lucinda is an award-winning writer for film, television, and stage.
Credits include: War and Peace, The Wizard of Oz, Antonia & Jane
Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter.
Matt has written and designed dozens of award-winning and best-selling games including The 7th Guest, Doom 3 and Rage.
Credits include Fauda, Project Orpheus
Michal Aviram is an award-winning Israeli screenwriter. She has created and written on hit shows for numerous platforms, including Netflix, Amazon and Israeli broadcaster, Keshet.
Credits include: Starship Titanic, Just Cause, The da Vince Code
Neil is a writer in TV, games, interactive and more recently novels.
Credits include TrashHouse, Hellbride, KillerKiller
After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, Pat wrote the award-winning mockumentary, The Devil’s Music.
Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa’s the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals.
Credits include EastEnders, Casualty
Philip was awarded the C21 Drama Script Prize with his black comedy drama Euthanasia in Suburbia and currently writes for EastEnders and Casualty.
Credits include: Wolfblood, Primeval
Richard and his writing partner Bev Doyle broke into the business by writing and selling a spec script, Newton's Law, which led to 14 further movie commissions.
Credits include: The Coroner, EastEnders, Casualty
Sally has created and written three episodes of new BBC1 Drama The Coroner as well as Casualty, Eastenders, Holby City and Doctors.
Credits include: People Just Do Nothing
Steve is the Co-Writer and Creator of People Just Do Nothing, a BBC Three mockumentary about West London pirate radio station Kurupt FM.
The kick up the arse in terms of inspiration, and the new network I am a part of is invaluable. Just stop reading and invest in your skillset right now."
David Sobell, Screenwriter
People Who Get Stuff Made
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!
Staunch supporter of emerging talent
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent. He is also the founder of ScriptWriter magazine and author of How To Make Money Scriptwriting.
Credits include: The Archers, Bloomsday
Jeremy is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year for Radio 4.
She has trained many writers who have gone on to secure jobs within the industry and has worked on Ballykissangel.
Charlotte is MD of The Knight Hall Agency in London.
Click through to Jane's bio page to see what she's looking for at the Pitchfest.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
It is great to be surrounded by so many other brilliant and talented writers – all there to share, network, pitch, vent, learn, listen and just have a great time!"
Clara Emanuel, Writer, Actor
Credits include: Confetti, Nativity 1, 2 & 3
Debbie's unique improvisational methods have attracted the cream of UK comedy to her projects including Martin Freeman, Alan Carr, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan and David Tennant.
Credits include: Slow West, Pitch Black Heist
John’s debut feature 'Slow West' was released in 2015 and won multiple awards including one at Sundance.
Credits include: Convenience, Funday
Keri Collins is a Welsh BAFTA winning writer/director for film and television.
Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons
DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
A wonderful, warm gathering of the screenwriting tribe, full of insight, energy and inspiration."
Andrew Pennington, Screenwriter
Credits include: I'm Jack, A Poet In New York
Celyn is a critically acclaimed actor and writer who The Times referred to as “the powerhouse writer-performer behind the greatest Dylan Thomas biopic yet”.
Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049
Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
Credits incude: Boy Meets Girl, The Danish Girl
Rebecca is best known for playing Judy in BBC Two’s ground-breaking comedy series 'Boy Meets Girl'.
The festival is a kick up the ass to be more productive, to keep writing when life gets in the way // 5 Stars"
Colm Ryan, Screenwriter
People Who Know Stuff
Bionic blogger, script editor, author and the voice of new writers!
Lucy is legendary for her enthusiasm and the knowledge she shares with her Bang2Write community and is a core member of the LSF team.
Credits include the Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing; author of the Guerilla Handbooks
Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Credits include Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!
Writer, producer, screenwriting professor and co-founder of ScriptFest.
Founder: Kitson Press Associates
Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and particular interest in both mainstream drama and children's media.
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Story, You're Gonna Need A Bigger Workbook
Viewing story through a transmedia lens, a thought leader and creator of the SUPER STORY method.
Author of The Science of Writing Characters (available soon from Bloomsbury)
Kira-Anne has 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
Credits include: Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career
Lee is a career coach for screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development.
Credits include: The Musketeers, Wolfblood
May has worked on the development and production of many television drama, comedy and children’s programmes for the UK and the US.
Meditation Teacher, Doula, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Reiki Master
Meditation Teacher, Accredited Journey Practitioner, a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, an EFT Practitioner,
Writing credits include Thunderpants, I Want Candy, The Queen's Nose
Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Film & Screen degree at Regent’s University, London and is an experienced script editor for film and TV.
Credits include: Casualty, The Bill, Bad Girls
Roxanne works as a story producer for Snowed In Productions and worked on the adaptation of the latest installment of "Strike".
Killers, The Docket, The Last Victims
Screenwriter, head writer, script editor, story consultant, and 1st South African to win the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
The entertainment industry’s leading expert, with clients such as HBO, Dreamworks, Disney, Paramount, and Touchstone
Co-author of The Beginning, The Middle & The End (available soon)
Ted teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University and is currently developing a TV series with producer Nick Agha.
I didn’t think that LSF could get any better, but my expectations were blown completely out of the water this year."
Alli Parker, Filmmaker, @alli-and-that
Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Tales of Peter Rabbit
Barrister turned writer Mark served as story editor on Garrow's Law and has several TV and feature projects ready to go.
Credits include Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
Credits include: Writing The Science Fiction Film (Author)
Screenwriter Robert is one of the core team behind The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film.
A great variety of perspectives from Hollywood legends to contemporaries, both industry and craft. Helped me turn my long-grounded script on its head, firing me with enthusiasm!"
Giles Sparrow, Writer, @gswrites