Sessions 2016

LSF_0396Sessions will be added in the Spring of 2016

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.

All year I mostly get to be someone’s mother, someone’s partner, someone’s friend. At LSF, for three whole days, I get to be me

Rachel McAdam, Writer

Rachel McAdam, Writer

LondonSWF Launch

What an exceptional three days of inspiration and education with a tribe of dreamers and believers.

Mark Hampton, Screenwriter

Mark Hampton, Screenwriter

Headline

The 2016 British Screenwriters’ Awards

The 2016 British Screenwriters’ Awards

It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And we did in 2014… Now in our third year, join a roster iof the BIGGEST writing names rubbing shoulders with the hottest newcomers in the UK.

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

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 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.

I had the most awesome time at the festival, although I think my brain has almost melted!

Liz Bishop, Screenwriter

Liz Bishop, 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 motley crew of judges!

Your lawyer listened to our concerns and answered our questions completely, giving very clear and specific advice that was easy to understand.

Carole Parsons. Screenwriter

Carole Parsons. Screenwriter

Script To Screen

Fight Club Script to Screen LIVE

Fight Club Script to Screen LIVE

Let’s talk about Fight Club! Watch the film, read the script along with it and listen to screenwriter Jim Uhls talk about it. TOOOOO EXCITING!

Awesome! A unique chance to spend time in conversation with a lot of people in senior positions in the industry…

Nik Bower, Ingenious Media

Nik Bower, Ingenious Media

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.

Adding Fiction to your Truth

Adding Fiction to your Truth

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.

Finding Your Voice: Telling it YOUR way so that your work is remembered

Finding Your Voice: Telling it YOUR way so that your work is remembered

Your voice is what sets you apart from the masses. You, your life experience, your stories are unique… Learn how to leverage YOUR uniqueness.

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following their packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Chris Jones and Jonathan Newman are back to run their highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

The Mature Superhero: Writing Characters Fifty and Over

The Mature Superhero: Writing Characters Fifty and Over

The always outstanding Pilar Alessandra brings this class to guide you toward writing characters over fifty as strong, wise, courageous, sexy, full of mystery and capable of saving the day … the way they actually are.

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 massive thanks to the volunteers who were all polite, jolly and helpful… See you next year!

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Hayley November, Screenwriter

Film and television

Creative Storytelling in a Commercial Market

Creative Storytelling in a Commercial Market

If you want to learn how to distinguish a commercially savvy television story that packs a punch from a nice idea that ultimately doesn’t deliver, this is the session for you.  

What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story

What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story

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.

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

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, 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.

All year I mostly get to be someone’s mother, someone’s partner, someone’s friend. At LSF, for three whole days, I get to be me

Rachel McAdam, Writer

Rachel McAdam, Writer

Book Signings

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.

From this particular Jersey girl who took 24 hours and a 13.5 Force 7 sleepless, overnight ferry crossing to get there, A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!

Jan Caston, Screenwriter

Jan Caston, Screenwriter

Script Labs

Script Lab 1: Writing TV Treatments That Get Commissioned Into Scripts

Script Lab 1: Writing TV Treatments That Get Commissioned Into Scripts

In this 3 hour lab with Yvonne Grace you will learn how to write the Ultimate Treatment.  Submit your raw material and Yvonne will help you hone it into a commercially saavy, creative document that you will be proud to present to future Producers.

Script Lab 2: ‘Fight Club’ screenwriter Jim Uhls presents the ‘Safehouse’ Advanced Screenwriting Lab

Script Lab 2: ‘Fight Club’ screenwriter Jim Uhls presents the ‘Safehouse’ Advanced Screenwriting Lab

The first rule of ‘Safehouse’ is… Workshop your script and perform LIVE in front of an audience with Fight Club writer Jim Uhls.

I Pitched at LSF 2013, and today’s the day I sign my deal with Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Prods!

David Hughes, Screenwriter

David Hughes, 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!

I felt like every single person I met gave me something that I needed to take me to the next step of my journey

Emily Southall, Screenwriter

Emily Southall, 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!

Pre-registration drinks... Pick up your pass early

Pre-registration drinks... Pick up your pass early

Get to the festival early and enjoy networking drinks with other delegates and speakers before the rush on Friday morning.

I met some really interesting writers and will attend again next year.

Kristin Irving , Development Executive, Cascade Media

Kristin Irving , Development Executive, Cascade Media

Festival Week: Additional One Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 1st)

Pitching Thursday (Evening): LondonSWF Festival Week Evening Workshop (Sept 1st)

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.

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Jen Grisanti has developed a story system that has led 40 of her clients to sell their pilots. Five of them went to series. In this outstanding one day masterclass, Jen will share with you her system of story that has proven so successful.

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

In one day, shift your project from a great idea that is well executed into one that meets the needs of the film and television industry.

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.

Festival Week at LondonSWF: Three outstanding one day masterclasses

Festival Week at LondonSWF: Three outstanding one day masterclasses

For many of our overseas visitors, it makes sense to do more than the Festival. So we created Festival Week, three days of outstanding workshops leading up to the festival.

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

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

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.

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 2nd to 4th 2016)

The London Screenwriters' Festival (Sept 2nd to 4th 2016)

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 (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Pitching Thursday (evening): LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

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.

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Writing The TV Pilot That Sells: LondonSWF Festival Week One Day Workshop (Sept 1st)

Jen Grisanti has developed a story system that has led 40 of her clients to sell their pilots. Five of them went to series. In this outstanding one day masterclass, Jen will share with you her system of story that has proven so successful.

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

Advanced Structure with John Yorke: LondonSWF Wednesday

In one day, shift your project from a great idea that is well executed into one that meets the needs of the film and television industry.

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Aug 30th)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: LondonSWF Festival Week (Aug 30th)

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.

Successful CrowdFunding with Stephen Follows

Successful CrowdFunding with Stephen Follows

Did you know Kickstarter has already raised over a $billion for film projects? Is it time to get your slice of that pie? How to design, run and complete an outstanding campaign to finance your film today using proven strategies and techniques. Watch This Session…

The Rewrite Toolkit: From Good to World Class with Pilar Alessandra

The Rewrite Toolkit: From Good to World Class with Pilar Alessandra

‘The Rewrite Toolkit’ 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.

The LSF and PitchFest is a great opportunity for an agent to find new voices and writers

Sam Greenwood, Agent , Curtis Brown

Sam Greenwood, Agent , Curtis Brown

To be revealed before LSF'16

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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Such a brilliant weekend at London Screenwriters Festival. Such and impressive and inspiring event.

Rob Craine, Screenwriter

Rob Craine, Screenwriter