LondonSWF365… We are assembling the GREATEST online roster of screenwriting speakers ever.
The London Screenwriters’ Festival online features around 75 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 face Zoomtime with them. Although speakers are being added continuously, the vast majority will be confirmed late spring/early summer 2020. Get updates by signing up below.
It was a pleasure to engage with such a diverse group of passionate writers..."
Kate Harwood, Controller Series/Serials, BBC Drama
Credits include: The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers
Story consultant to the biggest names in Hollywood.
Man Of Steel, The Dark Knight, Blade, Constantine, Dark City
The mind behind modern incarnations of Superman, Batman, and other epic heroes
Credits include: 'Story' and 'Dialogue'
Robert McKee is THE most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.
The Actors' Table Read was a deeply moving experience for me. The London Screenwriters' Festival is an unmissable opportunity to improve your work."
Susan Glen, 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.
Credits include: The X Files, Hunted, Millennium
Frank Spotnitz is an award-winning writer and producer best known for his work on The X-Files.
Credits include Hustle, Life On Mars, Holby Blue, Death in Paradise
Tony has created and written for some of Britain’s most iconic and successful TV series, including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and EastEnders.
Comic books: Daredevil, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Ciudad. Movies: Extraction
Writer of Netflix's EXTRACTION following 30 years in comic books
Disney and Pixar writer David Reynolds credits include; Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove.
Credits include: Wanted, The Fountain, The Fifth Element
Iain is an established and award winning international film producer with a credit list as long as your arm!
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Doubt: A Parable, Moonstruck, Joe Versus The Volcano, Congo
Winner of an Oscar (Moonstruck), a Tony, and a Pulitzer (Doubt: A Parable)
Writer/Producer The True Adventures of Gidon Lev Author: Just Effing Entertain Me: A Screenwriter's Atlas
Story analyst, Julie directed the Just Effing Screenwriting Competition for 6 years.
Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, Oblivion, Inside Out
Oscar-Winning writer of indie hits and huge blockbusters alike.
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.
Credits include K-9 with Jim Belushi and Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt
Scott is head honcho and scribe at Go Into The Story, official screenwriting blog for the Black List.
Toy Story 4, Thor: Ragnarok, Lord Of The Rings (Amazon Prime)
Oscar winner for Toy Story 4, and writer for Amazon Prime's Lord of the Rings
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
Credits include The Shack, Exam, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Knowing
Stuart wrote the TV movie Riverworld for the Sci-Fi Channel and directed The Shack, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.
Bojack Horseman, School of Rock, Conan
Comedy Writer And Performer
Credits include The Tunnel, Unforgotten, Primeval, Amnesia
Chris is the writer of over 100 hours of prime time British drama. He also created and co-executive produced the award-winning Unforgotten.
Author of The Process of Screenwriting
Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Killing Eve, Criminal UK, The Tunnel, The Hour
A writer on the cutting edge of thrilling crime television, writing on Killing Eve, and creating Criminal, on Netflix worldwide
Credits include Doctor Who, Torchwood
Helen produced and co-wrote the WWII series ATA Girl and has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Star Cops, and The Tomorrow People.
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 Stan & Ollie; Philomena; Dirty, Filthy Love; A Confession
Jeff Pope is an Oscar® and Golden Globe-winning British film and TV writer and producer, known for his scripts for Philomena and Stan & Ollie.
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 Merlin, Atlantis, Sugar Rush
Lucy has written many hours of prime time drama. She first learnt her trade as a Music Supervisor and Script Editor at Carnival Films on 56 episodes of Channel 4’s award-winning teen show As If.
Credits include Doctor Who, The Omega Factor
Matt writes audio drama for Big Finish's Doctor Who range, including the continuing adventures of Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor.
Face/Off, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Death Wish 5, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Firehouse Dog
Screenwriter, Instructor, Hollywood Kingmaker
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.
Face/Off, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mask
One half of the pair who created FACE/OFF, among others
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.
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.
A Quiet Place, Haunt, A Quiet Place Part II
The creators of "A Quiet Place"
Men of Honor, When the Game Stands Tall, The Score
Writer of true stories and action thrillers
Sebastian entered the Finish Line Competition in 2018 and won the Grand Prize, which secured him a manager in LA. He is currently developing TV projects with several producers and working on his own feature and television screenplays.
For the journey to the town of Pontypool, we must travel within the mind of Tony Burgess whose unconventional word view permeates his stories like maple syrup through a short stack.
Stellar speakers, super sessions, proper pitching – a great all-round festival!"
Greg Brina, Writer
People Who Get Stuff Made
Credits include Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk, Cracker, The Fall
Gub is an award-winning producer who headed up the drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada, and won an Emmy for Prime Suspect.
Credits include Tracy Beaker, Casualty, Susan Hill's Ghost Story
Jane has worked in adult and children's scripted drama at Disney, CBBC, BBC and Lime Pictures.
Credits include: MetaWars, Trucktown, Princess Ponies
Jeff is a writer-producer, and author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars.
Credits include Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars, EastEnders
John is author of Into the Woods and a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. He also executive produced Wolf Hall.
The Usual Suspects, Hard Eight, Gosford Park, Dirty Pretty Things, Vera Drake, 47 Metres Down
A prolific Executive Producer responsible for 30 years' worth of movies, from indie classics to arthouse hits.
Credits include Executive Producer on Grabbers, Miss You Already
Sam has 20 years' experience in international film sales, development, production and marketing.
I’ve run a production company for six years, done the fest circuit, and it’s safe to say LSF was the most electric, stimulating and family-like experience yet."
Gary Verby, Screenwriter
Director on The Witcher, Hannibal, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Runaways, The Punisher, Tin Star
Television Director who has left his mark on thrillers such as The Witcher and Hannibal
Credits include: Onegin, Chromophobia
Award winning, visionary director of sumptuous Russian period piece 'Onegin' and the powerful and contemporary 'Chromophobia'.
Lots of great sessions and variety, and I’ve made new friends. I was particularly inspired by Christopher Hampton’s interview."
Bryony Quigley, Screenwriter
Credits include: Downton Abbey
Anna is one of the UK’s most recognisable character actors, perhaps best known for her stand-out performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The London Screenwriters’ Festival is THE place to learn, share and network. What you give out you get back in SPADES!"
Elinor Petty-Smith, 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.
An expert in human negotiation and behaviour, Linda will open your eyes to the blind spots in the way you negotiate everything
Editor of Blue Pencil Laws Of Creativity Magazine
Julian Wilkins is Editorial Director for Blue Pencil Media Limited and will be running the legal clinic at the festival
Author of That's Not Funny, That's Sick
Ellin teaches screenwriting on the MA Script Writing programme at Goldsmiths and has worked in development for numerous production companies in the US and UK.
Credits include Staying Sane: How To Make Your Mind Work For You
Eminent psychiatrist Dr Raj offers fascinating insights into the mechanics of characters.
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.
Final Draft's man in the studios
The Final Draft Master to help you master Final Draft
Reader of over 60,000 scripts, treatments, articles, and pitches
Curator of scripts for the likes of Denzel Washington
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.
Credits include How I Met Your Mother, Friends; author of The Art of Script Editing
Karol Griffiths is a successful script editor, best-selling author and development consultant with over twenty years' experience in film and TV.
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.
Make Today Count, create your own Change!
Louisa is the Founder of the Pause Before, a mindfulness and coaching consultancy.
Co-author of Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Michael's latest broadcast role is as science adviser to YouTube’s The Edge of Science.
Credits include Holby City, Shrooms
Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
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.
Co-author of Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Rick has written three books, and his debut feature film script is due to start shooting in March 2020.
Script Analyst for Roger Corman, Samuel Goldwyn, the Sundance Institute and more.
A script editor/consultant who specializes in strengthening premise.
Killers, The Docket, The Last Victims, For The Birds
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 on comedy for more than 15 years, 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.
The Script Surgery was brilliant. I was really impressed by the thorough and detailed feedback that was given."
Credits include Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!
Writer, producer, screenwriting professor and co-founder of ScriptFest.
Credits include Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
Elinor lives in South East London and in addition to all the above, she is a mentor for Talent Campus, as well as a reader for the C21 Drama Series Script Competition and the Nick Darke Theatre Award.
Georgina has worked in script editing for Harlots S3 (Hulu/Amazon) and Gormenghast (Fremantle), in commissioning for BBC Drama, and development for Euston Films.
Liz has hosted Q&As with filmmakers at the Raindance Film Festival for the last three years and interviewed Christopher Hampton at LSF 2019.
Mike has worked for IMDb, Screen International and Broadcast magazine, covering every major film event including the Oscars, Emmys and BAFTAs and interviewing everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg.
Credits include Casualty
Rachel signed with Independent Talent in 2017 and started writing for Casualty in 2018. She has just finished her fifth episode as a core writer.
A screenwriter, musician and producer, the multi-talented Sarah brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Toby Earle was formerly TV & Entertainment Editor at London Live where he wrote and presented What to Watch, a weekly show interviewing TV and film talent.
Driven by a life-long love of epic stories, Vera aims to write elevated entertainment – action/adventure stories about environmental and political issues, with occasional futuristic or supernatural elements.
All of it was awesome. This was my first LSF and to say my expectations were exceeded is an understatement – I learned as much as I did on my MA Scriptwriting course!"
Suzanna Cardash, Screenwriter, @suzannacardash