Sessions 2020

Sessions will be added in early 2020.

Over the three days of the London Screenwriters’ Festival we will run over one hundred seminars, workshops and networking events for professional screenwriters. We film most sessions, so if you miss one, or two clash, you’ll be able to catch up later online. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

The Festival generates enough creative energy to light up Regent’s Park. If you’re serious about writing, do yourself a favour and get involved in this fantastic event."

Ted Tally, ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

Ted Tally, ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

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Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!

I enjoyed every minute of it. Ten out of ten and will return!"

Craig Warren, Screenwriter

Craig Warren, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical help

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

The DIY Script Doctor – How to Find and Fix the Flaws in Your Script

The DIY Script Doctor – How to Find and Fix the Flaws in Your Script

It’s not always easy to see them, but 90% of the flaws in your screenplay can be self-diagnosed, providing you know how to analyse a script.

I'm writing a thriller, and my mentor – who I'm having regular sessions with – wrote a book on how to write thrillers. Doesn't get much better than that."

Mark MacNicol

Mark MacNicol

Great British PitchFest

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Pitch – face to face over Skype – with Hollywood producers and execs. Sessions are 90 minutes and you should get around 7 or 8 pitches in during that time.

The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Are you good enough to exit the elevator with the million dollar business card before the doors slide shut?

The Pitch Factor

The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

If you don't come away from this feeling inspired and motivated then you'd better check whether you actually have a pulse in the first place!"

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Beyond the workshop

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Meet 30 new writers, producers and directors in our 90 minute speed networking event. Fast, FUN and designed to create powerful new relationships.

The videos are amazing. Every time one gets uploaded it's like the Festival never really ended. Love them! And so helpful!"

Tsonko Bumbalov, Screenwriter

Tsonko Bumbalov, Screenwriter

Open and Close

Festival Opening

Festival Opening

Get fully prepped to get the most from the festival in this kick ass opening that will frame your three day roller coaster. NOT TO BE MISSED!

LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

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

Cool tools

Thank you for an amazing, informative, and the most memorable LondonSWF yet!"

Jean Maye, Screenwriter

Jean Maye, Screenwriter

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Refrectory

Networking Drinks In The Refrectory

Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe

Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street

There is a generosity of spirit that pervades every aspect of the festival, creating a sense of the possible. I became a screenwriter this weekend."

Colleen Burn, Writer

Colleen Burn, Writer

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (*evening*) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Pitching Thursday (*evening*) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Festival Week (April 14th 2020)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Festival Week (April 14th 2020)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one day masterclass.

If I hadn't come to the Festival I wouldn't have improved as a writer or got an agent – and now I have a meeting at Hollyoaks about writing the show!"

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 2nd & 3rd 2020)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 2nd & 3rd 2020)

An intensive two-day workshop that breaks down the art and craft of reading scripts to help improve your own writing, to also improve your feedback for other writers and most importantly, to earn you money as a professional reader.

Pitching Thursday (eve) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Pitching Thursday (eve) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

The PitchFest is a fantastic opportunity for screenwriters to meet producers and companies that might lead to long-running relationships."

Rob Watson, Producer, Poisson Rouge Pictures

Rob Watson, Producer, Poisson Rouge Pictures

To be revealed before LSF'2020

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

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Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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Thank you for an amazing, informative, and the most memorable LondonSWF yet!"

Jean Maye, Screenwriter

Jean Maye, Screenwriter

LSFIncubate

LSF Incubate: Deepening YOUR Drama through Character Psychology, with Kira-Anne Pelican

LSF Incubate: Deepening YOUR Drama through Character Psychology, with Kira-Anne Pelican

Characters are at the heart of films and TV series, but many writers struggle with creating complex and engaging characters. Deep dive into YOUR characters and figure out how to ratchet up the drama and have them speak with sparkling authenticity.

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Griffiths (January 18th)

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Griffiths (January 18th)

Are your great ideas often held back by your writing that can often feel uninspired, lacking depth, truth and brevity when it hits the page? Is there room to take your writing to even deeper, writing from a more authentic place?

LSF Incubate: First Draft. A three-month, mentor-led programme to write your first polished draft (January 11th to April 5th)

LSF Incubate: First Draft. A three-month, mentor-led programme to write your first polished draft (January 11th to April 5th)

A three-month workshop with intensive training and development weekends alongside mentoring and reading. Maximum of eight writers.

Being surrounded by the support and love of this group is something I will never forget as long as I live // 10 Stars (out of 5) "

Monique Amado, Screenwriter, Actor, Director

Monique Amado, Screenwriter, Actor, Director