We are excited to announce the LondonSWF 365 Online Festival line-up for May 2020.
Starting May 8th there will be online events EVERY day for four weeks.
We have designed sessions to inspire you, offer craft insight, create social connection and keep us all elevated in this difficult time.
Sessions will be live and also available later on-demand. Beyond the four week festival we are planning on running two sessions a week online (including the very best from past festivals) until the next LondonSWF in the real world. This is LondonSWF 365. For updates about the festival, sign up below.
Made a tonne of new friends, both delegates and speakers, and ended up with TEN SCRIPT REQUESTS!"
Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter
Year Round Festival Online
Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!
Claudia Myers leads this cracking session about creating complex and compelling characters that hook us into a story and refuse to let us go.
Nicholson has an impressive body of work, Gladiator, Nell, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and of course his hit play (which he adapted for the screen) Shadowlands.
Join Felicia Day as she talks creating an award-winning webseries, embracing new media, being a fan favourite, and overcoming Writer’s block!
What we do as screenwriters can often inspire hearts and minds, even change the world. If ever there was a reason to write, this is it…
Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script-To-Screen with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre-inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’
Learn how to add fiction to your truth in the key parts of your story. You will learn how to identify your own life themes and in doing so, you will find out what it is you want to say to the world in the stories that you tell.
Your characters need to connect with your audience. They drive the story through their choices. They must simultaneously be multi-layered and clearly-defined, nuanced and precise, complicated and accessible. And they must attract actors and directors.
Conquer perfectionism and writer’s block by purposely writing terrible scenes and dialogue. You read that right. The worst. You will finish a scene you were stuck on, make yourself laugh and then be inspired to make it better. Bad writing is the new good writing.
Using ideas from analytical psychology, myth and anthropology – and with examples from feature films, single episodes, season stories and multi-season arcs – we will show you how to get to grips with the most important final moments of your story.
From book, to script to screen, join us to experience the journey this extraordinary modern horror story undertook to become one of the most loving yet ferocious takes on the zombie genre.
Please join us in welcoming one of the most successful British writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them here and we want them now!” Bruce Robinson and ‘Withnail and I’ script to screen.
Do you want to write for children, but worry about hitting the right tone? Worry no more! This panel of outstanding screenwriters will give you all the advice you could ask for to make sure your script is aimed at the right young audience.
Learn how to use powerful and psychologically-valid techniques to develop memorable and engaging characters in this session delivered by Kira-Anne Pelican.
Join us online… “We’ll get together, have a few laughs”… and watch the 1998 smash hit, whilst screenwriter Jeb Stuart talks us through the development and production of this Bruce Willis classic.
Join the King of Crime Writing Jed Mercurio, for a session with one of the industry’s most successful writers talking about one of the industry’s most beloved crime dramas.
Whether you write for cinema or television, this session will help you drive your career into the future, even as you find your inspiration in the past.
September 28th 8pm... What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story with Jen Grisanti
When we feel your story, it makes us want to come back. In this class, learn the techniques that will make them want more. When you do this well, you create longevity for your series.
This session will take an in-depth look at what a Script Editor’s day-to-day looks like as they shepherd a project to the finish line. How do they juggle their many different responsibilities? And how can you get the best working relationship with your script editor?
I've never seen so many people so exhausted and elated at the same time!"
Leilani Holmes, Filmmaker, Screenwriter
Friday 2nd October
If you're serious about writing, you need to go; it will only benefit you."
Tomasz Aleksander, Writer, Director
Saturday 3rd October
Rich, varied and current selection of speakers and panel experts; great venue and professionally and smoothly run. Fantastic value for money..."
Simon Preston, writer
Sunday 4th October
There is no better, more useful, more inspiring weekend in the whole year."
Ben Mole, Writer/Director
Monday 5th October
A rare and wonderful opportunity for people who love stories to get together and share ways of learning and telling stories."
Angela Jameson, Screenwriter, Author
Tuesday 6th October
The LSF is unparalleled in terms of opportunity to network, pitch, learn and propel your career forwards."
Stephan Burn, Screenwriter
Wednesday 7th October
I loved the warm atmosphere created by Chris and his team. They made me feel cared for and I felt like nothing was too much for them."
Janet Van Eeden, Writer, Filmmaker
Thursday 8th October
I recommend LSF, not just to writers but to all storytellers – the actors, directors and producers – because something quite magical happens when we mix."
Marcus Markou, Writer, Director
Friday 9th October
I can’t even describe how much I got out of the Festival. Everyone I’ve spoken to post-Festival has said the same thing. You all did a terrific job!"
Alli Parker, Writer, Australia
Saturday 10th October
The London Screenwriters' Festival is the essential event for screenwriters at any stage of their career."
KT Parker, Screenwriter
Sunday 11th October
Thank you for the INSPIRATION, thank you for the ENERGY! It was an awesome three days!"
Susan Larsen, Screenwriter
Monday 12th October
I pitched in the Hollywood PitchFest and three of my scripts have been requested!"
Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter
Tuesday 13th October
The LSF has opened my eyes to new ways I can make my writing sparkle and has provided me with amazing opportunities."
Jacob Mulgrew, Screenwriter
Wednesday 14th October
I’ve felt like royalty being part of Talent Campus and gained amazing friends along the way."
Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter, Talent Camper
Thursday 15th October
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
Friday 16th October
It was was huge! A brilliant event. Fun and inspiring – if only the whole world could experience something like this! Thanks everyone for making this awesome."
Richard Osborne, Screenwriter
Saturday 17th October
Absolute value for money. Plan what you're going to attend in advance and go for it."
Sarah Turner, Screenwriter
Sunday 18th October
A great networking opportunity. I succeeded in interesting one of the execs I pitched to. Loved the in-depth insider knowledge!"
James Alexander Allen, Writer, Director
Monday 19th October
Screenwriters need this festival for the kick-ass inspiration and motivation it provides."
Alastair Marshell, Writer, Filmmaker
Tuesday 20th October
The Actors' Table Read was so illuminating – seeing what happens to your script when it is handed over to a director and actors was a complete eye-opener."
Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter
Wednesday 21st October
Forty-five seconds in an elevator pitching to Joel Schumacher was a dream come true."
Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter
Thursday 22nd October
LSF covers more in three days than most screenwriting courses cover in several months – brilliant!"
Eva Adams, Screenwriter
Friday 23rd October
Invaluable – indeed, life changing. I learned so much, met so many interesting, helpful, talented people, and came away from it bursting with inspiration and enthusiasm..."
Andrea Mann, Screenwriter
Saturday 24th October
Talent Campus has been a writer’s therapy that has elevated me to the dizzy heights of awesomeness!"
Panayiota Panteli, Screenwriter
Sunday 25th October
I have sold my zombie comedy script 'Euston We Have a Problem!' to Hammer as a result of pitching at the festival."
Darrin Grimwood, Screenwriter
Monday 26th October
Wonderful, fabulous festival… bloody well done!"
Barbara Machin, BAFTA- and Emmy-Winning Screenwriter
Tuesday 27th October
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
Wednesday 28th October
I would encourage screenwriters living in the States to fly over the Atlantic for the LSF. Make a week of it!"
Anthony D Paul, Screenwriter
Thursday 29th October
LSF makes you step out of your comfort zone and experience the fear that will make you free."
Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter
Friday 30th October
I didn’t expect the friendliness, warmth and generosity of sharing time, ideas and experiences with other writers that I found at LSF."
Jenny Bayliss, Screenwriter
Saturday 31st October
This was the most awesome week of my life!"
Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter
Session Moved To The Next London 'Real World' Festival (not online)
Take a unique peek into the development process of a real television show AS IT IS HAPPENING, with co-writers Michal Aviram and Romi Aboulafia who are currently working on their new female detective thriller, The Public.
Actress and international superstar Lena Headey debuts as writer/director with a screening of her BAFTA-nominated short film, The Trap, followed by an interview about her experiences of bringing it into reality… And, of course, there may be mention of her little known role as Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones.
Great talks, which were both instructional and inspirational; a unique opportunity to hear from people who are doing daily what we dream of."