Sessions 2015

Sessions will be added in late Summer 2015

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.

I had high expeditions of the festival and they were totally exceeded. I met great people and learnt a wealth of information. It was brilliant.

Ndidi Spencer, Screenwriter and Director

Ndidi Spencer, Screenwriter and Director

Headline

The 2015 British Screenwriters’ Awards

The 2015 British Screenwriters’ Awards

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And we did in 2014, and are doing it again in 2015, just BIGGER!

LSF is now as crucial to the future of the British film industry as the BFI, and due to its global appeal, LSF is making waves around the world

Tom Kerevan, Writer & Producer

Tom Kerevan, Writer & Producer

Beyond the workshop

Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

Get one on one tuition and coaching from our experts in these intensive three hour sessions. Only six writers are selected for each lab.

Book Signings at the Festival

Book Signings at the Festival

Get your book signed by the author at the festival. Many of our speakers have a book that they have written, and it will be available for signings. These signings will be indicated in the schedule.

Get Listed in the Talent Directory

Get Listed in the Talent Directory

Get yourself listed in the 2015 Talent Directory that is shared with other delegates and execs attending the festival.

Get Your Script Performed

Get Your Script Performed

Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.

Script Chat

Script Chat

Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.

Script To Screen

Script To Screen

Read the script, watch the film or TV show, then meet the writers, filmmakers, producers at the festival.

We will read your script: The Script Surgery

We will read your script: The Script Surgery

Need a professional to read your screenplay? Get one-on-one feedback on your script with Euroscript.

The legal team was helpful and encouraging and gave me some excellent advice as to how to protect my TV series idea

Gary Sharp, Screenwriter

Gary Sharp, Screenwriter

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.

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!

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 Simon, Cheryl, Louis and ridiculously Scary!

I went away with so much helpful and insightful notes that I was immediately able to apply to my scripts

Lou Panteli, Writer

Lou Panteli, Writer

Script To Screen

Writing the Paranormal Truth:  The Enfield Haunting

Writing the Paranormal Truth: The Enfield Haunting

In-depth case study of the The Enfield Haunting, Sky Living’s new 3 part dramatisation of one of the most terrifying and well documented cases of Poltergeist activity in history.

I have taught at many events, but none as gorgeous as the LSF – the enthusiasm and smarts of the delegates was humbling

Julie Gray, Story consultant & writing mentor

Julie Gray, Story consultant & writing mentor

Practical help

Beyond The Chick Flick: Writing The Female-Driven Screenplay

Beyond The Chick Flick: Writing The Female-Driven Screenplay

Don’t cry into your Haagen Dazs! You can write a female-driven screenplay that sells … without selling out.

Breaking The Story with Pilar Alessandra

Breaking The Story with Pilar Alessandra

Got a new idea for a script?  Not sure where to go with it or how to get started writing? The process can be quick and painless and does NOT have to involve structure books and 25 page outlines.

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!

Show Me The Money!

Show Me The Money!

We all need to pay the mortgage and feed the family, but how do you do that today as a writer? A nuts and bolts session about earning money as a professional writer.

Story Analysis for Readers and Writers

Story Analysis for Readers and Writers

Learn how to write for readers and read for writers in this unmissable session from Hollywood Script Consultant extraordinaire Pilar Alessandra.

The Scriptwriter's Survival Workshop

The Scriptwriter's Survival Workshop

You may be getting better at writing – but are you getting better at being a working writer who can finally give up the day job? This session is going to break down practical and proactive techniques to help you get started, and show you how to maintain a career once you’re up and running.

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!  

Professionally the most fun and most productive three days I’ve ever spent. EVER.

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Film and television

Breaking into Ch4: How to fast-track your way into TV Drama

Breaking into Ch4: How to fast-track your way into TV Drama

The Ch4 Screenwriting Course has become the premier entry point into TV drama for new writers.  This will be an essential session for any writers aspiring to work in UK TV drama.

Creating rich and believable worlds your audiences won't want to leave.

Creating rich and believable worlds your audiences won't want to leave.

This session will inspire writers to create rich, fictional worlds that draw in audiences, and provide practical tools to build a world from the ground up.

Getting under the skin and into the mind of your characters

Getting under the skin and into the mind of your characters

A screenwriters’ guide to developing memorable protagonists using the latest psychological techniques.

Writing the OUTSTANDING Treatment for TV

Writing the OUTSTANDING Treatment for TV

In this session, TV Producer, Screenwriter and Script Editor Yvonne Grace (Eastenders, Holby City, Crossroads) will take you through the format, structure and content essential to creating dynamic and engaging Treatments for TV.

The festival was an absolute triumph – top flight and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm ….superb!

Barbara Machin – BAFTA winning screenwriter

Barbara Machin – BAFTA winning screenwriter

Talent fast-track

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

Get legal advice in our legal clinic at the festival

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. At the festival you can get that face time you need, with a media lawyer.

Meet The Experts

Meet The Experts

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

Amazing seminars, world-class speakers, uber-friendly delegates, and everywhere energy, energy and generosity

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Script Labs

Script Lab 1:  Creating fantastical universes and characters for features with Nicole Perlman

Script Lab 1:  Creating fantastical universes and characters for features with Nicole Perlman

Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman heads up this terrific advanced mentoring LAB for writers who want to take their fantastical scripts to the next level.  

Script Lab 2: Creating TV Drama Series with top script consultant Philip Shelley

Script Lab 2: Creating TV Drama Series with top script consultant Philip Shelley

Do you love television? Do you have the next returning hit TV drama series in your portfolio? Then we want to hear from you.

Script Lab 3: Writing for Soaps with Yvonne Grace

Script Lab 3: Writing for Soaps with Yvonne Grace

Writing for soaps is a way many top writers broke into TV. If you want to cut your teeth in this TV format, you should apply.

You have transformed the very idea of a Screenwriters Conference into an event FOR and BY writers… I suspect you are also transforming the industry as you go

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Open and Close

Festival Close

Festival Close

NOTE THIS SESSION BEGINS AT 6.15pm SHARP AND IS JUST 15 MINS LONG. Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for 2015.

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!

Taught me more about writing and making films than my degree!

Amy Livingstone, Writer

Amy Livingstone, Writer

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Bar

Networking Drinks In The Bar

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

It was better than going on holiday! I came away buzzing with excitement – no holiday blues!’ I simply cannot wait for the next one!

David Buick, Writer & Director

David Buick, Writer & Director

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week

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.

Pitching Thursday: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop

Pitching Thursday: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop

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

The First Ten Pages: Good To Great To Getting Produced. Festival Week Wednesday

The First Ten Pages: Good To Great To Getting Produced. Festival Week Wednesday

It’s brutal but also true. We can often tell from the first few pages of a script whether it’s worth reading to the end. In this dynamic and practical masterclass you will actively work on your script and help others take their script from good to great.

The result for me was 5 script requests, 4 treatment requests and a “call me”. These opportunities are all down to the LSF

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

The Rewrite with Pilar

The Rewrite with Pilar

‘The Rewrite’ with Pilar Alessandra will equip you with tools to rapidly hone your pages, deepen your characters and breathe new life into dialogue. You’ll leave with a script that’s restructured, reworked and ready for the industry.

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 7th and 8th '16)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 7th and 8th '16)

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.

Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays with Lucy V Hay (Nov 28th and 29th)

Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays with Lucy V Hay (Nov 28th and 29th)

Lucy V Hay brings to bear her experience as producer on two features films, a decade of script editing and her analytical insight as the author of ‘Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays’.

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Oct 23rd to 25th '15)

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Oct 23rd to 25th '15)

With over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV (from both the UK and Hollywood), the LSF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.

Pitching Thursday: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Oct 22nd '15)

Pitching Thursday: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Oct 22nd '15)

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

The First Ten Pages: Good To Great To Getting Produced. Festival Week Wednesday (Oct 21st '15)

The First Ten Pages: Good To Great To Getting Produced. Festival Week Wednesday (Oct 21st '15)

It’s brutal but also true. We can often tell from the first few pages of a script whether it’s worth reading to the end. In this dyamic and practical masterclass you will activley work on your script and ehlp others take their script from good to great.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week (Oct 20th '15)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of LondonSWF Festival Week (Oct 20th '15)

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.

The Screenwriters' Talent Campus 2015

The Screenwriters' Talent Campus 2015

A ten-day professional development programme with two months of mentor driven distance learning / writing. Creative Skillset will support two thirds of applicants fees (UK writers only, conditions will apply).

I went away with so much helpful and insightful notes that I was immediately able to apply to my scripts

Lou Panteli, Writer

Lou Panteli, Writer

To be revealed before LSF'15

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 5pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 5pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Friday 6:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Friday 9:00am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 9:00am

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Final Draft Marquee One Saturday 9am

Final Draft Marquee One Saturday 9am

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 5:00pm

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Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 6:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 10:30am

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 10:30am

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 2pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 2pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 3:30pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 3:30pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 5pm

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 5pm

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Final Draft Marquee Sunday 9am

Final Draft Marquee Sunday 9am

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Genius Tent Friday 10:30am

Genius Tent Friday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Friday 2:00pm

Genius Tent Friday 2:00pm

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Genius Tent Friday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Friday 5pm

Genius Tent Friday 5pm

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Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Friday 9am

Genius Tent Friday 9am

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Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Saturday 2pm

Genius Tent Saturday 2pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 5pm

Genius Tent Saturday 5pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 9am

Genius Tent Saturday 9am

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Genius Tent Sunday 10:30am

Genius Tent Sunday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Sunday 2pm

Genius Tent Sunday 2pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 3:30pm

Genius Tent Sunday 3:30pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 5pm

Genius Tent Sunday 5pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 9am

Genius Tent Sunday 9am

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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 Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 6:30pm

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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 Saturday 9am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 9am

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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 Cinema Sunday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 9am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 9am

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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 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 6:30pm

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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 5pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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It was a wonderful creative bubble to live in for a few days, challenging, informative, inspiring and fun. What more could I want?

Janet Awe, Screenwriter

Janet Awe, Screenwriter

In conversation

I still can’t quite believe what I’ve lived through these last few days – totally amazing

KT Parker, Screenwriter

KT Parker, Screenwriter