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!

It has been a genuine eye opener and I have had my writing career enriched in ways I hadn’t considered possible

Mac McSharry, Screenwriter

Mac McSharry, Screenwriter

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.

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.

Joe Eszterhas is reading my script!

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

Great British PitchFest

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!

What you have done for the delegates was beyond what any other festival of its kind does.

James Hughes, Screenwriter

James Hughes, Screenwriter

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.

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

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!

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!  

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

Film and television

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.

The Lab worked out far better than any of us hoped

Mike Waugh, Screenwriter

Mike Waugh, 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.

I went in with an idea which wasn’t quite working and came away with a different story line and a totally different antagonist that made complete sense. Wonderful!’

Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter

Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter

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.  

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

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!

If I hadn’t come to the festival I wouldn’t have improved as a writer, got an agent, and now I have a meeting at Hollyoaks about writing the show!

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Hayley November, Screenwriter

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 my first LSF and it was worth every penny. So much so, that when I got home last night I booked my ticket for next year!

Janet Awe, Screenwriter

Janet Awe, Screenwriter

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

Siobhan McKiernan

Siobhan McKiernan

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (July 10th '16)

Breaking Into Script Reading, 2 day workshop with Lucy V Hay (July 10th '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.

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 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.

WritingTV with Pilar Alessandra (July 11th/12th '15)

WritingTV with Pilar Alessandra (July 11th/12th '15)

In this two day practical masterclass with Pilar Alessandra, we will show you how to deconstruct your ideas and then rebuild them into marketable projects that commissioners will be clamouring to read. Specile guests Gub Neale and John Yorke former head honchos at BBC and CH4 drama.

The Script Surgery was brilliant. I was really impressed by the thorough and detailed feedback that was given.

Sangeeta Bhargava

Sangeeta Bhargava

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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Paying for the London Screenwriters’ festival has been worth every penny already. The videos from previous years are superb. Love it.

Dave Scullion, Screenwriter

Dave Scullion, Screenwriter

In conversation

It is THE event to go to as a screenwriter. I will be coming back next year and the year after, and the year…

Fiona Hunniset, Screenwriter

Fiona Hunniset, Screenwriter