Sessions 2016

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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.

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

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100% Pure Adrenaline... Point Break: Script to Screen LIVE with Peter Iliff

100% Pure Adrenaline... Point Break: Script to Screen LIVE with Peter Iliff

One of the most quotable movies of all time, Point Break leaps off the page and positively explodes off the screen.  This session will be 100% pure adrenaline!

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!

Mastery: The Art and Commerce of Film with William Nicholson

Mastery: The Art and Commerce of Film with William Nicholson

In this session, William will candidly share his experiences on films such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Everest’, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Les Miserables’ revealing the balance he has managed to forge, between business savy and a creatively free heart, mind and soul.

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 of the BIGGEST writing names rubbing shoulders with the hottest newcomers in the UK.

I’m deeply grateful to LSF for the opportunity to have a legal expert examine my query in such a thoughtful and thorough manner.

Janet Van Eden, Screenwriter

Janet Van Eden, 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.

Experience VR and Writing For This New Platform

Experience VR and Writing For This New Platform

VR is going to be a HUGE part of storytelling in the future, and you can experience it personally at the festival . Plus you can meet the writers and creators of the films and experiences and figure our how they get stuff made in this pioneering new format.

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.

Jim Uhls 'Safehouse' LAB - Live Performances in Acland Lounge

Jim Uhls 'Safehouse' LAB - Live Performances in Acland Lounge

Fight Club Screenwriter Jim Uhls hosts the live performances of his 6 LAB participants as they workshop their material with actors.

NEW for 2016! The Writers Room

NEW for 2016! 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.

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.

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 table read and the pitching were wonderful, and will always be a draw for me.

Stephan Burn, Screenwriter

Stephan Burn, 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!

There is no better more useful more inspiring weekend in the whole year.

Ben Mole, Writer/Director.

Ben Mole, Writer/Director.

Script To Screen

'My Name Is Emily' Script to Screen with Simon Fitzmaurice

'My Name Is Emily' Script to Screen with Simon Fitzmaurice

Brought to you in association with Blueberry Creatives, Screenwriter and Director Simon Fitzmaurice introduces this exclusive screening of My Name Is Emily.  Read the script, watch the movie, meet the extraordinary writer and director.

100% Pure Adrenaline... Point Break: Script to Screen LIVE with Peter Iliff

100% Pure Adrenaline... Point Break: Script to Screen LIVE with Peter Iliff

One of the most quotable movies of all time, Point Break leaps off the page and positively explodes off the screen.  This session will be 100% pure adrenaline!

Anatomy of a Classic SitCom: 'Cheers' with live screening

Anatomy of a Classic SitCom: 'Cheers' with live screening

Download the pilot script, then watch the episode as Script Editor Karol Griffiths and Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer analyze the launch of one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time.  

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!

Line of Duty: Script to Screen LIVE with Jed Mercurio

Line of Duty: Script to Screen LIVE with Jed Mercurio

In this session Jed Mercurio joins us for an in-depth conversation charting his career thus far.  Jed will then provide an unofficial chat track over a screening of his favourite episode of his hit show Line of Duty.

Script to Screen LIVE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Ol Parker

Script to Screen LIVE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Ol Parker

Read the script, then watch the movie at the festival with a live commentary by Ol Parker, discussing the development and execution of the screenplay – it’s our own unofficial DVD ‘chat track’

The Vicar of Dibley: Script to Screen LIVE

The Vicar of Dibley: Script to Screen LIVE

Download the script, read, then watch the Episode with a live commentary by writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, followed by indepth discussion.

What an amazing weekend, I had a fab actors table read and 3 script requests from the pitching session

Paul Arrowsmith, Screenwriter

Paul Arrowsmith, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical help

'Written By' or 'Based On': Successfully Adapting Existing Works

'Written By' or 'Based On': Successfully Adapting Existing Works

How do you turn that amazing book into your amazing script? Learn from people who have had success with their own adaptations, the techniques they used to transform one written medium into another while staying true to the original.

A Day in the Life of a Script Editor (and what they will do to YOUR script)

A Day in the Life of a Script Editor (and what they will do to YOUR script)

Script Editors are essential players in escorting your stories on their journey from script to screen. How do they juggle so many different responsibilities, and what exactly does a Script Editor’s day-to-day look like as they shepherd a project to the finish line?

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.

Competitions: Are they worth the entry fee?

Competitions: Are they worth the entry fee?

In this panel of competition winners… and losers… along with competition organisers, we will discuss the value of entering competitions, strategies to improve you chances of success, as well as a check list of ways to spot the more disingenuous ones to avoid.

Crafting fascinating scenes that compel the reader to turn the page

Crafting fascinating scenes that compel the reader to turn the page

Join UCLA instructor and author Karl Iglesias as he reveals how to use the Emotional Palette to create tension and anticipation in a scene, then and how to craft, structure and crank up the stakes for maximum impact.

Crime Pays: Exciting producers and broadcasters by writing with an authentic voice

Crime Pays: Exciting producers and broadcasters by writing with an authentic voice

In this session a police officer, a lawyer, and a (reformed) criminal will discuss the world they occupy, and how writers can avoid having their screenplays devolve into trope and cliché.

Final Draft 10: Exclusive Demo

Final Draft 10: Exclusive Demo

Phil Galasso, Final Draft’s Director of Studio relations, will be showing London Screenwriters’ Festival attendees the first international demo of Final Draft 10.

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.

First-Person Storytelling: Designing Successful Narratives for AR and VR

First-Person Storytelling: Designing Successful Narratives for AR and VR

Virtual Reality specialist, game writer and narrative designer Rob Morgan will discuss his experiences making experiences across games, live action and theatre.

Improv for Writers: Turbo Charge Your Creativity

Improv for Writers: Turbo Charge Your Creativity

Improv for writers is designed to equip writers with techniques and exercises that can be used to unlock their innate creativity.

Learning from The Masters: Aaron Sorkin's Techniques for Sparkling Dialogue

Learning from The Masters: Aaron Sorkin's Techniques for Sparkling Dialogue

In this session with Karl Iglesias you will learn the hidden techniques that Aaron Sorkin uses over and over to make his words leap of the page, so you can spice up the dialogue in your screenplay too.

Making waves in Radio

Making waves in Radio

For writers, radio can be the most creative medium of all, as well as being the most accessible doorway into the broadcast world. This session will help you write scripts that will inspire audiences to set their dials and listen close.

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!

Pixar’s Emotional Core: The Secret to Successful Storytelling

Pixar’s Emotional Core: The Secret to Successful Storytelling

Using Pixar as the benchmark for extraordinary and emotional storytelling, find the heart of your story and the key elements that create a strong emotional connection with readers, executives and ultimately audiences.

Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

Learn how to use powerful and psychologically-valid techniques to develop memorable and engaging characters in this session delivered by Kira-Anne Pelican.

Pulling Back the Curtain: Revealing the magic of what BBC Writersroom does!

Pulling Back the Curtain: Revealing the magic of what BBC Writersroom does!

Join Abigail Gonda, Development Producer from the BBC Writersroom, to learn about opportunities for writers and demystify the inner workings of the department.

Show Me the Money! Film London's Production Market and WHY You Need to Know About It

Show Me the Money! Film London's Production Market and WHY You Need to Know About It

A nuts and bolts guide to the best market in London for getting your script funded. Not for the feint hearted, this session explains how it works and offers strategies for success.  

Subtext: writing for greater depth and impact

Subtext: writing for greater depth and impact

Often it’s what is unsaid that hits hardest. It’s also what makes great writing stand out. David Pope leads this session that provides clear strategies for shaping subtext in a screenplay, developing it’s role in scene structure and creating meaningful dialogue.

Take back control and make your own break!

Take back control and make your own break!

We’ll be joined by writers who have made their own break one way or another. They’ll share their personal insight into everything from the mentality you need, to specific practical tips and tricks that gets a script produced. Take back control!

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.

The Non-linear Minefield

The Non-linear Minefield

Practical advice on what goes wrong, right and unexpectedly brilliant when you’re writing nonlinear and multiple storyline films.

The Practical Screenwriter: How to manage the business end of your career

The Practical Screenwriter: How to manage the business end of your career

Building on last year’s hugely popular and show stopping session ‘Show Me The Money’, Jean Kitson will lead another nuts and bolts session about the practicalities of sustaining a career as a writer.

The Rocky Road to Representation: Meet the Agents & the Gatekeepers

The Rocky Road to Representation: Meet the Agents & the Gatekeepers

Come to this session and find out how the agents and their gatekeepers work, and, more importantly, how to impress them.

True story... Brainstorming a Movie From a Real Life Event

True story... Brainstorming a Movie From a Real Life Event

Remember that thing that happened in your life that you thought might make an interesting movie some day? Here’s your chance to write it in a practical session with Pilar Alessandra.

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!  

Writing a Spec Script that makes a difference: Structures and Strategies

Writing a Spec Script that makes a difference: Structures and Strategies

Most writers get their first break by writing a spec script that gets them noticed. This session looks at the idea of spec scripts in both film and TV – asking why you want to write, what you want to write and making your mark as a writer.

Writing for Teens with Conflict, Passion and Authenticity

Writing for Teens with Conflict, Passion and Authenticity

Tweens and teenagers are the biggest consumers of television and movies and executives know it. Explore how to craft stories that engage and inspire them, without caving to the pressures of the lowest common denominators of sex and violence.

Writing strong, relatable and authentic LGBTQ stories and characters

Writing strong, relatable and authentic LGBTQ stories and characters

In this necessary and insightful panel led by Owen Jones, writers who have made an impact writing authentic LGBTQ stories and characters will discuss how to write authentically to a largely mis (and under) represented audience.

You Had Me at Hello: Introducing your Characters for maximum impact

You Had Me at Hello: Introducing your Characters for maximum impact

What is it that persuades us to follow your character, to care about what they do and what happens to them? This session looks at a variety of screen characters for hints and tips about the all important character introduction.

I can’t even describe how much I got out of the festival. Everyone I’ve spoken to post-festival has said the same thing. You all did a terrific job!

Alli Parker, Writer, Australia

Alli Parker, Writer, Australia

Screenwriting for Film and Television

'Red Rock': A Candid Case Study In Breakout TV Success

'Red Rock': A Candid Case Study In Breakout TV Success

Showrunner Kim Nevill and Producer John Yorke will drill down into the process behind the hit show ‘Red Rock’, and examine the ways in which they are preparing newcomers to be part of the industry for years into the future.

Against All Odds: The Inspirational True Story of Simon Fitzmaurice

Against All Odds: The Inspirational True Story of Simon Fitzmaurice

Meet Simon Fitzmaurice; an extraordinary Screenwriter and Director who has overcome unsurmountable odds in what promises to be a remarkably moving and inspirational session.

Breaking the Rules: Writing Rules You Can Break … and Why You Should Break Them

Breaking the Rules: Writing Rules You Can Break … and Why You Should Break Them

Who says you have to follow the screenwriting rules? In this class, Pilar Alessandra, reviews some of the rules writers assume they should follow, discusses why they’re there in the first place, and then shows you ways to creatively break them!

Creating the Series Bible

Creating the Series Bible

When you’re writing a new or spec series, the Series Bible is the law. It determines the rules of the world. Jeff Norton shows us how to create a Bible that will impress producers and focus your writing on the vision for your series.

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.  

Getting Commissioned in 2016: What The Broadcasters Want

Getting Commissioned in 2016: What The Broadcasters Want

The seat of power in British TV is occupied by a select group of commissioners – what are they looking for and how do you get it to them so that they can greenlight YOUR work?

How I Managed to Build a Life Long Career Writing for TV

How I Managed to Build a Life Long Career Writing for TV

Success comes in many forms and there are many amazingly successful screenwriters who aren’t necessarily household names but they’ve managed to achieve something else quite remarkable – build a career getting paid to do that thing they love and were born to do…WRITE!

Jumpstart Your Career With A Horror Script… even if you don’t want to write horror

Jumpstart Your Career With A Horror Script… even if you don’t want to write horror

That “bump in the night” could be the sound of your screenwriting career moving out of the starting gate. Learn how to use low-budget horror to open any door in any genre in this informative and strategic session.

Meet the Producers:  Why I hire (and sometimes fire) the writers I work with 

Meet the Producers:  Why I hire (and sometimes fire) the writers I work with 

Learn from the men and women who hire (and sometimes fire), what it is that they look for, what they don’t want and the simple tactics you can employ that get the results you want for your career.

Mystery Session

Mystery Session

To be announced.  Check info screens throughout the venue for updates.

Raw, Authentic and Uncompromising: Writing As An Act of Redemption

Raw, Authentic and Uncompromising: Writing As An Act of Redemption

Michael has worn many hats and lived more lives than most; which is clearly reflected in his work – expect a raw, authentic and uncompromising session.

Script development: From a Producers point of view

Script development: From a Producers point of view

An insiders look at what a script needs to get a producer or production company’s attention. Finding the balance between creativity and practicality – and getting it from script to screen.

Showrunners: Staffing up the room and how YOU can get a seat at the table.

Showrunners: Staffing up the room and how YOU can get a seat at the table.

If your writing goals include joining an existing show, or running one of your own, make sure to attend this valuable session.

The Tools and the Rules: How to develop breakthrough pre-school content

The Tools and the Rules: How to develop breakthrough pre-school content

Three case studies of stand- out pre-school shows from industry specialists will guide you through the development process for both live action and animation in this specialist but highly creative area.

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.

Working With Directors: Finding the Win-Win strategy for your script and career

Working With Directors: Finding the Win-Win strategy for your script and career

Writing is a solitary pursuit, but filmmaking is collaborative, and like it or not, the Director is king. A strong and positive relationship with the director is critical if you want to have any serious input in the transition from script to screen.

Writing For The Female Gaze

Writing For The Female Gaze

We have heard so much about the male gaze in film, but what about the female gaze? How can we write powerful and emotional stories from this female stand point?

Writing Period Drama That Both Audiences and Producers Want

Writing Period Drama That Both Audiences and Producers Want

The social strata and drama of years gone by can seem foreign to many viewers… and writers.  This session will explore the advantages (and disadvantages) of writing Period pieces in the modern world.

The best festival I’ve attended, EVER!

Marcus Aishant, screenwriter

Marcus Aishant, screenwriter

In conversation

About a Man: Nick Hornby in conversation with Q&A

About a Man: Nick Hornby in conversation with Q&A

Please join us in welcoming one of the most successful British writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Breaking Point: In Conversation with Peter Iliff

Breaking Point: In Conversation with Peter Iliff

Peter Iliff has been prolific for decades, since the  career making Point Break in ’91 Peter has bent with the wind and shifted with the sands and is still coming out fighting in this evolved netflix world. In this in-depth Q&A, Iliff will discuss his career path, and the state of the industry in general.

I’ve run a Production Company for 6 years, done the fest circuit and it’s safe to say LSF was the most electric, stimulating and family like experience yet.

Gary Verby, Screenwriter

Gary Verby, Screenwriter

Have you considered?

Finding your Nemo: Have you considered writing for Animation

Finding your Nemo: Have you considered writing for Animation

From Teletubbies to Pixar, writing for animation is an art form in itself.  And in this ever evolving digital age more and more opportunities are available for writers to create wonderfully innovative animated stories.  Come and hear from several who have done just that from very different places on the animation spectrum.    

Write for the stage and get produced now!

Write for the stage and get produced now!

Many of our regular LondonSWF delegates are gaining traction in their career, as well as earning money and finding creative freedom by writing for the stage. Have you considered it?

Writing for Games 7.0

Writing for Games 7.0

Join games aficionado, reviewer and journalist Guy Cocker and his panel of writer/gamers as they discuss what’s happening in the gaming world right now, what mind-blowing stuff we can expect to see in the future and how YOU can be a part of it.

I can only say thank you to the organisers for what felt this end to be a seamless event without hiccups

Neil Hannah, Writer & Director

Neil Hannah, Writer & 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.

The sheer raw energy bouncing from writer to writer and from room to room was something truly special

Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter

Daniel Martin Eckhart, Screenwriter

Writers Rooms

Writers Room 1: CRIME with Barbara Machin

Writers Room 1: CRIME with Barbara Machin

Join series creator and Showrunner Barbara Machin in this day long TV CRIME focused Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

Writers Room 2: MEDICAL with Lucy Raffety

Writers Room 2: MEDICAL with Lucy Raffety

Join Showrunner Lucy Raffety in this day long MEDICAL focused Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

Writers Room 3: DRAMA with Danny Brocklehurst

Writers Room 3: DRAMA with Danny Brocklehurst

Join series creator and Showrunner Danny Brocklehurst in this day long TV DRAMA focused Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

Writers Room 4: TV Comedy

Writers Room 4: TV Comedy

Join a top TV Comedy Showrunner in this day long Writers Room experience brought to you exclusively by the LSF.

LSF has grown to be the single most important screenwriting event on this side of the pond. Amazing 3 days that keep me motivated to keep on writing.

Pedro Carrasco

Pedro Carrasco

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.

Script Lab 3: Killer Crime Drama, Mystery or Thrillers with Hayley McKenzie

Script Lab 3: Killer Crime Drama, Mystery or Thrillers with Hayley McKenzie

Crime drama is the most popular genre in television and film. This Script Lab will give you the tools to hone your own crime drama, mystery or thriller script, helping you to make it stand-out in the spec script market.

Script Lab 4: Comedy Features with 'Borat' writer Dan Mazer

Script Lab 4: Comedy Features with 'Borat' writer Dan Mazer

Screenwriter and Director Dan Mazer heads up this cracking new Lab for LSF16. Work with and get invaluable feedback on your writing from one of the best in the business and take your comedy feature from good to GREAT!

Script Lab 5: Rewriting with maximum emotional impact with Karl Iglesias

Script Lab 5: Rewriting with maximum emotional impact with Karl Iglesias

We get it, your script is good. But how can you make it even better? We believe that you can rewrite with a focus on emotional impact, grabbing the reader and pulling them deeper into your characters, plot and story.

One of the best hours of my life – the Actors Table Read at LSF

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Terry Comer, 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!

BlueCat’s experience with sponsoring LSF was a walk in the park. We received great exposure at the event and our brand was greatly enhanced by our association with such a top flight organization

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Gordy Hoffman, CEO Bluecat

Book Signings

Book Signing: Jen Grisanti in the Marquee

Book Signing: Jen Grisanti in the Marquee

Join Jen Grisanti in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book Change Your Story,  Change Your Life: A Path to Success.  

Book Signing: John Yorke in the Marquee

Book Signing: John Yorke in the Marquee

Join John Yorke in the Final Draft Marquee where he will be signing copies of his book Into The Woods.

Book Signing: Karl Iglesias in the Marquee

Book Signing: Karl Iglesias in the Marquee

Join Karl Iglesias in the Marquee where he will be signing copies of his book Writing for Emotional Impact.  

Book Signing: Karol Griffiths in the Marquee

Book Signing: Karol Griffiths in the Marquee

Join Karol Griffiths in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book The Art of Script Editing.

Book signing: Linda Aronson in the Marquee

Book signing: Linda Aronson in the Marquee

Join Linda Aronson in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book The 21st Century Screenplay.

Book signing: Lucy V Hay in the Marquee

Book signing: Lucy V Hay in the Marquee

Join Lucy V Hay in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her books Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays and Writing and Selling Drama Screenplays. 

Book signing: Pilar Alessandra in the Marquee

Book signing: Pilar Alessandra in the Marquee

Join Pilar in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of the new and updated 2nd Edition of her book The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

Book Signing: Yvonne Grace in the Marquee

Book Signing: Yvonne Grace in the Marquee

Join Yvonne Grace in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book Writing for Television.

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.

A huge wave of inspiration and  positivity and friendship bubbles up – it’s quite palpable and vivid and a very lovely contagion.

Barbara Machin, creator ‘Waking The Dead’

Barbara Machin, creator ‘Waking The Dead’

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!

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.

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

Not even in my wildest dreams had I imagined Talent Campus would be this good.

KT Parker, Screenwriter (Talent Campus 2015)

KT Parker, Screenwriter (Talent Campus 2015)

Talent Campus

The Screenwriters' Talent Campus 2016

The Screenwriters' Talent Campus 2016

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

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

Richard Paul Wheildon, Screenwriter

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 managed to get 7 execs to take my one-pager, several of who were really excited about my new feature!

Cera Rose Pickering, Screenwriter/Actress

Cera Rose Pickering, Screenwriter/Actress

Additional Courses, Workshops and Masterclasses

The First Draft with Pilar

The First Draft with Pilar

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.

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 21st Century Storyteller with Linda Aronson (Oct 22nd / 23rd)

The 21st Century Storyteller with Linda Aronson (Oct 22nd / 23rd)

Have You Got A Great Story That Just Won’t Work In The Traditional Three Act Structure? Join Linda Aronson for this two day tour de force masterclass in modern non linear storytelling.

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.

I met producers who hired me to script edit a film with the producers from Star Wars, Blade Runner and Alien. An amazing experience that would have never had without the LSF

Gareth Meredith, Screenwriter

Gareth Meredith, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'16

Final Draft Marquee Friday 9:00am

Final Draft Marquee Friday 9:00am

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Genius Tent Friday 9am

Genius Tent Friday 9am

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Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

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Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 5pm

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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