Sessions 2017

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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.

How fantastic your staff and volunteers are at LSF. Every single one is always enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming and ready to help. They made last week truly memorable.

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter (Talent Campus)

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter (Talent Campus)

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LondonSWF Writers Room, January 2017 Event

LondonSWF Writers Room, January 2017 Event

Spearheaded by the BAFTA and EMMY award winning powerhouse that is Barbara Machin, the Writers Room was the breakthrough success of LSF16. Next January, Casualty Showrunner Lucy Raffety will join Barbara in an outstanding one off Writers Room event running exclusively for LSF17 delegates.

The experience of Pitchfest was terrifying but worthwhile as I learned so much by trying something outside of my comfort zone.

Siobhan McKiernan

Siobhan McKiernan

Beyond the workshop

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.

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

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

The Writers Room

The Writers Room

Join five other writers and a seasoned showrunner for a whole day on Thursday (the 1st September) to write a show for a long running TV series. Welcome to the pressure cooker that is the ‘Writers Room’ at LondonSWF.

Everybody I pitched to was great. Even if my project wasn’t for them, they were happy to offer me advice.

Edward Davenport

Edward Davenport

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 motley crew of judges!

The LSF is one of the best festivals that I have ever attended. There was great talent there… and I hope to find a client or so!!

Brandy Rivers, Gersh Agency, Hollywood

Brandy Rivers, Gersh Agency, Hollywood

Screenwriting Practical help

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

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!

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!  

A packed, intense, immersive rollercoaster ride

Paul Sukhija, Director

Paul Sukhija, Director

Screenwriters 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.

Three days of inspiration and education with a tribe of dreamers and believers, and friends both old and new.

Mark Hampton, Filmmaker/Screenwriter

Mark Hampton, Filmmaker/Screenwriter

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 the next year ahead.

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!

You’ll leave feeling invigorated and raring to go. It’s essential that us writers get a good kick up the arse from time to time, and believe me, this festival wears one hell of a big boot…

Michelle Goode, Screenwriter

Michelle Goode, Screenwriter

Social Connection

Networking Drinks In The Marquee Bar

Networking Drinks In The Marquee Bar

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

An embarrassment of riches, I was like a kid in a candy store

Amanda Harper, Creative

Amanda Harper, Creative

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 14th)

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 14th)

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.

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.

The best run, best organised and best attended writers’ fest I’ve ever seen…

Karen Krizanovich - Presenter, Writer and Journalist

Karen Krizanovich - Presenter, Writer and Journalist

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 15th to 17th 2017)

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 15th to 17th 2017)

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), LondonSWF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 14th)

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 14th)

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.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 12th)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Sept 12th)

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.

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (August 5th 2017)

Perfect Your Pitch: One day Masterclass with Bob Schultz (August 5th 2017)

With two months to go, get yourself LSF and Pitchfest ready spending a full day developing the skills you need to pitch your project to producers, agents, actors, and more with one of the best Pitch tutors in the world, Bob Schultz.

The First Draft with Pilar (March 18th and 19th)

The First Draft with Pilar (March 18th and 19th)

If you have great ideas but consistently procrastinate or get stuck before you even get it on the page, this intensive, highly practical and immediately useful workshop with Hollywood screenwriting teacher Pilar Alessandra will transform both your ideas and your writing process.

Join us for the red carpet Twisted50 book launch and Awards in London, February 24th

Join us for the red carpet Twisted50 book launch and Awards in London, February 24th

To celebrate the launch of Twisted50, we will be hosting an unforgettable party and awards ceremony in central London on Friday 24th February.

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (Feb 11th and 12th '17)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (Feb 11th and 12th '17)

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.

100 Streets to Success: Meet Screenwriter Leon Butler

100 Streets to Success: Meet Screenwriter Leon Butler

The London Breakfast Club: How did first time screenwriter Leon Butler convince Idris Elba to star in his script ‘100 Streets’ (released in Jan 2017), and what has he learned on this first time outing on the big roller coaster?

Perfect festival for any screenwriter, new or old, once you’ve been once you’ll want to keep coming back.

Daniel Williamson, Screenwriter

Daniel Williamson, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'17

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 10:45am

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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 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 Saturday 9am

Final Draft Marquee Saturday 9am

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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 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 5:00pm

Genius Tent Friday 5:00pm

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Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

Genius Tent Friday 6:30pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

Genius Tent Saturday 10:30am

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Genius Tent Saturday 2.00pm

Genius Tent Saturday 2.00pm

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Genius Tent Saturday 3.30pm

Genius Tent Saturday 3.30pm

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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 2.00pm

Genius Tent Sunday 2.00pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 3.30pm

Genius Tent Sunday 3.30pm

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Genius Tent Sunday 9am

Genius Tent Sunday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

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Room 5 Friday 10:30am

Room 5 Friday 10:30am

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Room 5 Friday 2:00pm

Room 5 Friday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Friday 5:00pm

Room 5 Friday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Friday 6:30pm

Room 5 Friday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 10:30am

Room 5 Saturday 10:30am

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Room 5 Saturday 2:00pm

Room 5 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 5:00pm

Room 5 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 9:00am

Room 5 Saturday 9:00am

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Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 5 Sunday 2:00pm

Room 5 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Sunday 5:00pm

Room 5 Sunday 5:00pm

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Room 5 Sunday 9:00am

Room 5 Sunday 9:00am

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Room 6 Friday 10:30am

Room 6 Friday 10:30am

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Room 6 Friday 2:00pm

Room 6 Friday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Friday 3:30pm

Room 6 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Friday 5:00pm

Room 6 Friday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Friday 6:30pm

Room 6 Friday 6:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 10:30am

Room 6 Saturday 10:30am

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Room 6 Saturday 2:00pm

Room 6 Saturday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 6 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 5:00pm

Room 6 Saturday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 6 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 6 Saturday 9:00am

Room 6 Saturday 9:00am

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Room 6 Sunday 10:30am

Room 6 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 6 Sunday 2:00pm

Room 6 Sunday 2:00pm

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Room 6 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 6 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 6 Sunday 5:00pm

Room 6 Sunday 5:00pm

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Room 6 Sunday 9:00am

Room 6 Sunday 9:00am

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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 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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We had script requests from Hat Trick and the BBC at the PitchFest. It’s my first LSF and it has more than exceeded our expectations.

Gareth Taylor, Screenwriter

Gareth Taylor, Screenwriter