Sessions 2014

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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.

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

Beyond the workshop

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!

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.

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 Your Script Performed

Get Your Script Performed

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

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?

We will read your script

We will read your script

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

As a producer and financier on the look-out for new projects, it surpassed my expectations. I only wish I could’ve been there for the full three days…

Robert Stein-Rostaing, Producer

Robert Stein-Rostaing, Producer

Practical help

Beyond The Chick Flick: Writing The Female-Driven Screenplay

Beyond The Chick Flick: Writing The Female-Driven Screenplay

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

Brainstorming Through The Block

Brainstorming Through The Block

Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a plot point, a character, or a scene? Or maybe you feel it’s just not happening today? Pilar will show you a number of tools that will immediately and powerfully unstick your creativity so the words continue to flow.

Creating the Nonlinear TV Series

Creating the Nonlinear TV Series

TV and digital drama as well as feature films are increasingly using nonlinear, ensemble and flashback storytelling. Let Linda pull back the curtain to reveal the tools that makes these formats work so darn well.

Creative England: How to wow the Gatekeepers

Creative England: How to wow the Gatekeepers

Paul Ashton and Richard Holmes, Senior Film Execs across development and production, walk us through their top tips for success, the avoidable common mistakes they see every day.  Expect the warts and all truth from the people putting the money where their mouths are.  

How To Be A Successful Screenwriter: Patterns, strategies and tactics for a lifelong career

How To Be A Successful Screenwriter: Patterns, strategies and tactics for a lifelong career

Death In Paradise, the BBC 1 cop show was created and written by Robert Thorogood. Join him as he shares his insights into what makes a successful screenwriting career. Expect to leave both informed AND inspired.

How to make it in Hollywood without moving there

How to make it in Hollywood without moving there

Hollywood Career Coach Lee Jessup shares strategies and invaluable inside knowledge into conquering the US from anywhere in the world.

How to survive past your first success: Best Practice For a Lifelong Career

How to survive past your first success: Best Practice For a Lifelong Career

Don’t fall after you pass the first hurdle… Get coached for a lifelong career with Hollywood coach Lee Jessup.

How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

Conquer perfectionism and writer’s block by purposely writing terrible scenes and dialogue. You read that right. The worst. You will finish a scene you were stuck on, make yourself laugh and then be inspired to make it better. Bad writing is the new good writing.

Living in a Stranger’s World: The Joys and Sorrows of Adapting Novels

Living in a Stranger’s World: The Joys and Sorrows of Adapting Novels

When you’re offered the possibility of adapting the creative work of another writer, what do you do? How do you go about it? Where and how do you begin?

On The Edge Of Your Seat: Writing Nail Biting Suspense

On The Edge Of Your Seat: Writing Nail Biting Suspense

Discover how to use themes of trust and betrayal, illusion and reality, and secrets and lies to create surprising and thrilling story twists.

The Craft: Killer style, tone and techniques

The Craft: Killer style, tone and techniques

Is your script a great read?  Is your story on the page? It all comes down to the writing.

The Power Of Love

The Power Of Love

Story Consultant Laurie Hutzler examines ‘Love’ in all it’s guises and how best to present it powerfully and authentically on screen.

Understanding and Expanding Genre: Using Horror and Rom-Com as Examples

Understanding and Expanding Genre: Using Horror and Rom-Com as Examples

Get inspired to write a horror, or a romantic comedy, or revitalise an existing project with new and original approaches.

Where's the Story Gone? Why originality has become a dirty word in the industry

Where's the Story Gone? Why originality has become a dirty word in the industry

How can we reinvigorate the industry by writing stories that are fresh and original while also playing to the strengths of the commercial marketplace?

Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

What we do as screenwriters can often inspire hearts and minds, even change the world. If ever there was a reason to write, this is it.

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

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

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!  

It was a great way to increase career prospects by just meeting the people who can help, face to face and having a chat… you really don’t know who you might meet over a cup of tea and a cake…

Alex Reynolds, Writer

Alex Reynolds, Writer

Film and television

Acting Up: Writing to attract the killer cast

Acting Up: Writing to attract the killer cast

Getting a named actor interested in your screenplay will move it from the ‘pass’ pile, to the ‘consider’ pile. So how do you go about writing parts actors want to play?

Everything I Know by Kate Leys

Everything I Know by Kate Leys

Industry heavyweight Kate Leys tells you everything she knows that you should know too. Unmissable!  

Playing the Game Of Thrones

Playing the Game Of Thrones

Laurie Hutzler presents an in-depth breakdown and character analysis of Game Of Thrones, one of the most engaging and compelling TV dramas of recent years.

Sizzle or Substance? : Commercialism Vs Creativity in TV Drama Series

Sizzle or Substance? : Commercialism Vs Creativity in TV Drama Series

In the cut and thrust world of popular television drama series production, can Creativity work hand in hand with Commericalism or does one over ride the other?

The A-Z of Storytelling

The A-Z of Storytelling

Drawing inspiration from the great story tellers of the world, Nik Powell examines storytelling from the point of view of the producer not as is usual from the point of view of the writer or director.

The Road To Writing Southcliffe: Channel Four’s hit drama with Tony Grissoni

The Road To Writing Southcliffe: Channel Four’s hit drama with Tony Grissoni

Join screenwriter Tony Grissoni as he shares his inspirational and instructional journey creating and writing his hit drama ‘Southcliffe’ for Channel 4. This session will offer insight into how you can follow his pathway to success writing TV drama.

I really enjoyed the PitchFest and meeting writers face to face

Rebecca Long, Financier and Producer

Rebecca Long, Financier and Producer

Script To Screen

'Finding Nemo' script to screen LIVE

'Finding Nemo' script to screen LIVE

Meet screenwriter Dave Reynolds as we record the unofficial DVD chat track for Finding Nemo in this live and exclusive Script To Screen.

Deconstructing ‘Pulp Fiction’ with Linda Aronson

Deconstructing ‘Pulp Fiction’ with Linda Aronson

Universally considered one of the greatest films of the nineties, ‘Pulp Fiction’ also employs fractured narrative, flashback and multi protagonist storylines. Join Linda Aronson as she deconstructs the movie in real time.

Script To Screen LIVE: 'Silence Of The Lambs'

Script To Screen LIVE: 'Silence Of The Lambs'

Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script To Screen LIVE with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

Starred Up : Script to Screen

Starred Up : Script to Screen

An in-depth examination, from ‘Script to Screen’ of Brit hit prison drama ‘Starred Up’ with Screenwriter Jonathan Asser.

The Lab worked out far better than any of us hoped

Mike Waugh, Screenwriter

Mike Waugh, Screenwriter

Have you considered?

Why writing for the stage and NOT the screen could lead to greater success

Why writing for the stage and NOT the screen could lead to greater success

Many screenwriters have made the successful leap from screen to stage, where the success model is more immediate than film and TV, both in production speed and financial returns.

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

David Buick, Writer & Director

David Buick, Writer & Director

In conversation

Getting paid to be funny with David Reynolds

Getting paid to be funny with David Reynolds

Comedy writers MUST attend this hilarious but informative session with Dave, who has been a staff writer for Conan O’Brien and Pixar and is now writing for Adam Sandler and Steve Carell.

Lessons learnt from the scriptwriting trenches

Lessons learnt from the scriptwriting trenches

In this hyper inspiring and unmissable session Tony talks candidly with fellow writer Barbara Machin, about the high and lows and the realties of the day to day process.   

It’s an amazing feeling being somewhere and thinking, ‘Oh I get it – this is my place, and this is my thing’

Mandy Jayne Constance, Screenwriter

Mandy Jayne Constance, Screenwriter

Talent fast-track

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.

Get legal advice in our free legal clinic at the festival

Get legal advice in our free 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.

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!

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

Script Labs

Script Lab 2: Writing Family Films For Disney, Pixar and Hollywood with David Reynolds

Script Lab 2: Writing Family Films For Disney, Pixar and Hollywood with David Reynolds

Returning to LSF’14, Dave Reynolds will again run his uber successful advanced mentoring lab for writers who have a great family film but want to take it to the next level.

Script Lab 3: From Short Script To Short Film... Getting Produced NOW with Stephen Follows

Script Lab 3: From Short Script To Short Film... Getting Produced NOW with Stephen Follows

Undergo an intense process over the LSF weekend, developing your short script to the point where it has a clear roadmap to production… Not one day, but now.

Script Lab 4: Writing Killer TV with John Yorke, former Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production

Script Lab 4: Writing Killer TV with John Yorke, former Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production

Yes, John ran the show at both CH4 and BBC Drama and his CV is ridiculous. If you want to write TV, you can’t get much more qualified than John. This is one Lab you MUST submit to.

Script Lab 5: Creating Fantastical TV with 'Buffy', 'Battlestar Galactica' and ‘The X-Files' Exec Steve La Rue

Script Lab 5: Creating Fantastical TV with 'Buffy', 'Battlestar Galactica' and ‘The X-Files' Exec Steve La Rue

Former VP of Creative Affairs at Paramount, Steve developed a string of iconic TV shows, working daily with writers such as Joss Whedon, Chris Carter and Mike Scully. Seriously!

Script Lab 6: Getting your jokes/sketches performed and broadcast

Script Lab 6: Getting your jokes/sketches performed and broadcast

Ged Parsons is an award-winning comedy writer. Currently working on Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week, Ged has also written for comedy legends John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Smith & Jones.

Script Lab 7: Writing Children's TV, getting commissioned and broadcast

Script Lab 7: Writing Children's TV, getting commissioned and broadcast

Getting your work commissioned, produced and broadcast for the 0-6 year old’s market with Mellie Buse.

Script Lab 1: Creating TV Drama Series with top script consultant Philip Shelley

Script Lab 1: Creating TV Drama Series with top script consultant Philip Shelley

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

A whirlwind where for three days, the outside world simply ceased to be

Emmanuel Casey, Writer

Emmanuel Casey, Writer

Open and Close

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!

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.

I’m always on the look out for inspiring stories and new collaborators at the PitchFest

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

Social Connection

Special LSF 2014 launch event

Special LSF 2014 launch event

Join us for a drink on Thursday night as we open the London Screenwriters’ Festival

Networking Drinks In The Bar

Networking Drinks In The Bar

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

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

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Sessions TBC for 2014

Room 5 Friday 10:30am

Room 5 Friday 10:30am

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Room 5 Friday 2pm

Room 5 Friday 2pm

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Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

Room 5 Friday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Friday 5pm

Room 5 Friday 5pm

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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 2pm

Room 5 Saturday 2pm

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Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 5pm

Room 5 Saturday 5pm

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Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

Room 5 Saturday 6:30pm

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Room 5 Saturday 9am

Room 5 Saturday 9am

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Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

Room 5 Sunday 10:30am

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Room 5 Sunday 2pm

Room 5 Sunday 2pm

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Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

Room 5 Sunday 3:30pm

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Room 5 Sunday 5pm

Room 5 Sunday 5pm

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Room 5 Sunday 9am

Room 5 Sunday 9am

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It’s an incredible festival and I’m really fortunate to have been a part of it

Luke Ryan, Producer 'The Cabin In Ther Woods'

Luke Ryan, Producer