Sessions LondonSWF365 Online

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

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Year Round Festival Online

July 27th 8pm... Zoom! Session TBC

July 27th 8pm... Zoom! Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

July 16th 8pm... Creating Compelling Characters with Claudia Myers

July 16th 8pm... Creating Compelling Characters with Claudia Myers

Claudia Myers leads this cracking session about creating complex and compelling characters that hook us into a story and refuse to let us go.

July 13th 8pm... Echoes in eternity: In conversation with William Nicholson

July 13th 8pm... Echoes in eternity: In conversation with William Nicholson

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.

August 27th 6pm... Embrace Your Weird with Felicia Day

August 27th 6pm... Embrace Your Weird with Felicia Day

Join Felicia Day as she talks creating an award-winning webseries, embracing new media, being a fan favourite, and overcoming Writer’s block!

July 9th 8pm... Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

July 9th 8pm... Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

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…

August 10th 8pm... 'Silence Of The Lambs' Script-To-Screen with Ted Tally

August 10th 8pm... 'Silence Of The Lambs' Script-To-Screen with Ted Tally

Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script-To-Screen with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre-inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

August 17th 8pm... Finding Your Voice with Jen Grisanti

August 17th 8pm... Finding Your Voice with Jen Grisanti

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.

August 20th 8pm... Crafting the Perfect Character: The Heart of Your Story - with Jon Gilbert

August 20th 8pm... Crafting the Perfect Character: The Heart of Your Story - with Jon Gilbert

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.   

August 27th 8pm... How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

August 27th 8pm... How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

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.

August 31st 8pm... The End: Inevitable but Unexpected... with Nic Ransome

August 31st 8pm... The End: Inevitable but Unexpected... with Nic Ransome

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.

August 6th 8pm... The Girl With All The Gifts: Urban Modern Horror Deconstruction

August 6th 8pm... The Girl With All The Gifts: Urban Modern Horror Deconstruction

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.

July 20th 8pm... Writing Smash Hit Movies That Connect, with Nick Hornby

July 20th 8pm... Writing Smash Hit Movies That Connect, with Nick Hornby

Please join us in welcoming one of the most successful British writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

July 23rd 8pm... 'Withnail and I' script to screen with Bruce Robinson

July 23rd 8pm... 'Withnail and I' script to screen with Bruce Robinson

“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.

July 30th 8pm... Writing For The Right Young Audience; how to hit your mark every time!

July 30th 8pm... Writing For The Right Young Audience; how to hit your mark every time!

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.

October 5th 8pm... Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

October 5th 8pm... Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

Learn how to use powerful and psychologically-valid techniques to develop memorable and engaging characters in this session delivered by Kira-Anne Pelican.

September 10th 8pm... Die Hard Script-to-Screen with Jeb Stuart

September 10th 8pm... Die Hard Script-to-Screen with Jeb Stuart

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.

September 17th 8pm... Doing Crime: In Conversation with Jed Mercurio

September 17th 8pm... Doing Crime: In Conversation with Jed Mercurio

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.

September 21st 8pm... Somewhere in time: Writing Period Drama with Michael Hirst

September 21st 8pm... Somewhere in time: Writing Period Drama with Michael Hirst

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

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.

September 7th 8pm... What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

September 7th 8pm... What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

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

Leilani Holmes, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Friday 2nd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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If you're serious about writing, you need to go; it will only benefit you."

Tomasz Aleksander, Writer, Director

Tomasz Aleksander, Writer, Director

Saturday 3rd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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Rich, varied and current selection of speakers and panel experts; great venue and professionally and smoothly run. Fantastic value for money..."

Simon Preston, writer

Simon Preston, writer

Sunday 4th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

There is no better, more useful, more inspiring weekend in the whole year."

Ben Mole, Writer/Director

Ben Mole, Writer/Director

Monday 5th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Angela Jameson, Screenwriter, Author

Tuesday 6th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Stephan Burn, Screenwriter

Stephan Burn, Screenwriter

Wednesday 7th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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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

Janet Van Eeden, Writer, Filmmaker

Thursday 8th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Marcus Markou, Writer, Director

Friday 9th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Alli Parker, Writer, Australia

Saturday 10th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The London Screenwriters' Festival is the essential event for screenwriters at any stage of their career."

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter

Sunday 11th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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Thank you for the INSPIRATION, thank you for the ENERGY! It was an awesome three days!"

Susan Larsen, Screenwriter

Susan Larsen, Screenwriter

Monday 12th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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I pitched in the Hollywood PitchFest and three of my scripts have been requested!"

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Tuesday 13th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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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

Jacob Mulgrew, Screenwriter

Wednesday 14th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I’ve felt like royalty being part of Talent Campus and gained amazing friends along the way."

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter, Talent Camper

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter, Talent Camper

Thursday 15th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Friday 16th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Richard Osborne, Screenwriter

Saturday 17th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Absolute value for money. Plan what you're going to attend in advance and go for it."

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Sunday 18th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

James Alexander Allen, Writer, Director

Monday 19th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Screenwriters need this festival for the kick-ass inspiration and motivation it provides."

Alastair Marshell, Writer, Filmmaker

Alastair Marshell, Writer, Filmmaker

Tuesday 20th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Wednesday 21st October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Forty-five seconds in an elevator pitching to Joel Schumacher was a dream come true."

Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter

Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter

Thursday 22nd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

LSF covers more in three days than most screenwriting courses cover in several months – brilliant!"

Eva Adams, Screenwriter

Eva Adams, Screenwriter

Friday 23rd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Andrea Mann, Screenwriter

Saturday 24th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Talent Campus has been a writer’s therapy that has elevated me to the dizzy heights of awesomeness!"

Panayiota Panteli, Screenwriter

Panayiota Panteli, Screenwriter

Sunday 25th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Darrin Grimwood, Screenwriter

Monday 26th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Wonderful, fabulous festival… bloody well done!"

Barbara Machin, BAFTA- and Emmy-Winning Screenwriter

Barbara Machin, BAFTA- and Emmy-Winning Screenwriter

Tuesday 27th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Janet Williams, Screenwriter

Wednesday 28th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Anthony D Paul, Screenwriter

Thursday 29th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

LSF makes you step out of your comfort zone and experience the fear that will make you free."

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Friday 30th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

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

Jenny Bayliss, Screenwriter

Saturday 31st October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

This was the most awesome week of my life!"

Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter

Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter

Session Moved To The Next London 'Real World' Festival (not online)

LIVE: TV Show in Development

LIVE: TV Show in Development

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.

The Trap: Lena Headey's Directorial Debut

The Trap: Lena Headey's Directorial Debut

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."

Navdip Sandhu, Screenwriter

Navdip Sandhu, Screenwriter