Here’s what happened in 2013…
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Hayley November, Screenwriter
Part Hollywood rebel and Hollywood insider; part romantic, cynic, and moralist, the New York Times said of his work “Joe Eszterhas writes with his fists. You practically duck as you turn the page.” Watch This Session…
The British Screenwriters’ Awards is an annual celebration of the best writing for film and television, both at home and abroad. It’s about time someone stepped up to the job of putting screenwriters front and center stage – and we are rising to that challenge!
This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!
It is the single best thing that I've ever done for both my craft and my career.
Josh Shevill, Screenwriter
Script To Screen
Get unparalleled insight into the writing of the classic / notorious / infamous Hollywood thriller Basic Instinct, with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas Watch This Session…
Experience the life cycle of a hard hitting drama as we deconstruct the process with the writer and the director.
Not only was Alice Creed a cracking movie, it was also a masterclass in how to write the breakout success ‘first film’.
Read the script, watch the episode, meet the writer and script editor… the journey of an idea to script, to set, to edit and finally to air. Watch This Session…
Read the script, watch the film at a PRIVATE screening on Friday night of LSF and attend the session the following day.
British thriller from newcomer Eran Creevy, Exec Produced by Sir Ridley Scott. Watch This Session…
We were absolutely thrilled about the positive response and engagement from the delegates, not to mention the support from the festival itself!
Samuel Ellemark, Plotagon, Sweden
Screenwriting Practical help
This promises to be a thought provoking and inspirational session that challenges the mind-sets and methods of many writers with a view to opening up a whole new world of opportunities.
In this session, Neal will share his experience using Frank Daniel’s 8 sequence structure as a working screenwriter and pass on a storytelling tool that will transform your writing and the way they you think about at movies. Watch This Session…
Ever wondered how to send your script to the BBC and what happens when you do? What grabs them and what puts them off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss.
With the option of developing your characters and stories for a web series, e-book, play, films, graphic novel or games where do you start?
Analysing alternative structures and learning how to use them will make you more confident to tell your story in the most effective and original way.
This class challenges your characters to be active in their own story, help them find their voice and drive their own story.
Paul Ashton and Richard Holmes walk us through Creative England and the BFI’s newly launched Talent Centres, their remit to propel directors, writers and producers towards features production, and the support available to them when they get there.
Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood Script Consultant, is here to help you spice up your scripts with memorable, engaging and dynamic dialogue.
Joe Mefford will be showing London Screenwriters’ Festival attendees the first worldwide demo of the all-new Final Draft 9.
A primer for the reluctant Tweeter or frustrated Facebooker.
Why write with anything less than your full arsenal? Layering theme and cinematic imagery into your script is fun, easy and a MUST for screenwriters trying to break in! Watch This Session…
Why do agents take one writer and not another? How do you make that connection? And in these times, do you need an agent?
Following his packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Chris Jones is back to run this highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.
Create an emotional map of your character’s story journey. This is session is practical and helpful and the technique can be applied immediately to any character.
In life you don’t get what’s fair, you get what you negotiate. Learn to find YOUR blind spots so the professionals can’t exploit you.
Blake Snyder’s “Right hand man..” Jose Silerio presents this unmissable session that guarantees to take your writing to the next level. Watch This Session…
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True stories create the basis for many fictional films and filmmakers are pushing the form with inventive ways of telling those stories. This session aims to tackle the issues that arise from the adaptation of factual stories. Watch This Session…
What are the five distinct steps or laws of successful commercial screenwriting?
Filmmaker, prolific writer and practitioner Lance Neilsen shares his unique methods for focusing on THE single idea for you next project.
In this session Kira-Anne Pelican will update the Hero’s Journey model and investigate what the Redemption Plot entails and why it so particularly resonates with our lives. Watch This Session…
Good ideas for sci-fi films are few and far between; yet better, original and unique ideas are all around us, we just have use fresh eyes and look in the right places. Watch This Session…
Where does structure come from and how we apply it? Watch This Session…
Walk a mile in the shoes of a Hollywood script reader. Your writing will never be the same. Watch This Session…
Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!
What are the essential ingredients that make a script both funny AND marketable. Hollywood producer Luke Ryan delivers this not to be missed seminar on tickling the funny bone of both execs AND audiences.
Is writing in a team a viable choice for you? Watch This Session…
How looking at your film through the eyes of an experienced Film Editor will dramatically improve your script.
I’ve really learnt what I can do to move my career on from this point forward
Tom Couldrey, Screenwriter
Great British PitchFest
Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!
The small-group sessions with accomplished screenwriting experts not only taught me loads, but made me feel like a worthy and welcome addition to the industry
Screenwriting for Film and Television
Adapting a successful novel or other work seems like a logical evolution, but the process can be problematic. How do you navigate the minefield?
The creative team behind Brit-hit Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa join us for a candid and revealing discussion about successfully bringing one of TV’s most iconic and well loved characters to the big screen. Watch This Session…
In this epic session the creative team behind audience favourite and ITV mega-hit series Broadchurch will discuss the conception, development and production of the show. Watch This Session…
How does a crime writer stay within the genre while keeping it fresh, compelling and essential?
Writing for young audiences is often looked down on. But is it secretly the best gig in town? How do you break in and continue writing in arguably the most imaginative AND polific story spaces? Watch This Session…
Getting through the door is one thing… But staying in the room and seeing your idea through script and shoot to completion is an even greater challenge.
Industry heavyweight Kate Leys tells you everything she knows that you should know too. Unmissable!
Screenwriter Daisy Martey probes the mind of BBC powerhouse Ben Stephenson to find the answer to the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue – how do I get my script on TV? Watch This Session…
How do you close the deal of a lifetime? We have flown in four top Hollywood hitters to tell you how it’s REALLY done. Watch This Session…
In this session Hollywood Producer Luke Ryan will use one of his past films as an example to break down the entire journey from script to screen.
If there is one British producer you need to know, it’s Richard Holmes… Watch This Session…
Thrillers are one genre that can always find a place on the TV or theatre screens. What are the ingredients and unique narrative structures that define a successful story? Watch This Session…
Barbara Machin and her panel of top TV players discuss what innovation on the small screen really means. Watch This Session…
British Rom Coms, having once been box office gold, are now few and far between at the cinema. Has the age of austerity fatally punctured this glittering cash cow’s happily-ever-after bubble?
In this practical session, Eastenders’ Sally Abbott and Hollyoaks’ Kevin Rundle will walk you through storylining and demystify the process. Watch This Session…
The seat of power in British Comedy 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? Expect a serious session about being funny.
Can you engineer, if not a smash hit, then a viable British film that plays well both at home, as well as breaking into the international marketplace? Watch This Session…
Transmedia is one of the latest “buzzwords” in screenwriting, but what is it? And how can screenwriters utilise it for their projects?
Let’s face it, it’s Hollywood or bust for most but there’s a much bigger market of consumers spending millions on low budget indie genre movies.
If you are serious about genre and want to know more about one of the most popular genres in the UK, this session is unmissable! Watch This Session…
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? Watch This Session…
Horrible Histories is a multi-award winning comedy sketch show for children, in this session, the writers will give us an in-depth insight into the creation of this ground breaking show.
Brits do SciFi rather well, especially on TV. Why does the format work so well and how do you break into writing the fantastical? Watch This Session…
The Script Surgery was brilliant. I was really impressed by the thorough and detailed feedback that was given.
Ahead of the Script To Screen session on Saturday, we are delighted to announce a special industry screening of The Machine, introduced by the filmmakers.
Where in the ‘real’ world could you just sit down with a stranger at a table and immediately have something in common?
Peter Spencer, Screenwriter
Sir David Hare is one of our most prolific and highly regarded playwrights and screenwriters. We will all be in the front row. See you there!
This intimate session will offer delegates the opportunity to personally question and converse with one of the most acclaimed screenwriters in the UK.
Everything I ever learned from working with Wes Anderson, M.Night Shyamalan, Roman Polanski and my husband… with Olivia Williams
Expect an uncompromising, incredibly candid and no holds barred conversation with one of our most prolific actors. Watch This Session…
Meet Gurinder. Expect an inspirational conversation that will make you rethink what you write, your career and the industry. Watch This Session…
After four years of knocking on his door, the scheduling gods are finally smiling down on us and we are thrilled to welcome Graham Linehan to the LSF. Watch This Session…
Actor turned Oscar winning producer, David Parfitt joins the LSF for a candid and intimate chat about writing, producing and making movies that are both commercial and critical successes. Watch This Session…
In this session, two quarters of The League Of Gentlemen, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith talk about the creation and evolution of their cult classic TV show and beyond. Watch This Session…
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
Have you considered?
If you want to work in Hollywood, you will need an agent on the ground in LA working for you. But you may also need a manager and a lawyer. How does it all work and how do you get them? Watch This Session…
Shaun McKenna discusses the advantages of writing for the stage over the screen, drawing from his 25 year career.
If you are going to write a spec script, why not write a $100m one? Watch This Session…
If you can’t get your work produced, why not produce it yourself? That’s exactly what the writers in this session did. Watch This Session…
Jeremy Howe and Caroline Raphael are responsible for commissioning BBC Radio 4’s output of drama and comedy respectively. Come and hear them tell you what they’re looking for. Watch This Session…
How do you write and make an online video hit? Online video expert Stephen Follows explains what motivates people to watch one video while others get dismissed at the click of a mouse. Watch This Session…
Join our panel of top Games writers, producers and experts to find out where the medium of games is right now, and where it’s heading in the future. Watch This Session…
Some absolute stand out sessions for me and not one duff one - now that is a hell of an achievement
Jan Caston, Screenwriter
Screenwriters Talent Fast-track
If getting your foot on the first rung of the ladder is a challenge, climbing up to the second and third rungs is a whole new ball game.
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.
Explore the common strategies, tactics and habits that impact significantly on writing quality and career progression. Watch This Session…
John Yorke's session was hugely helpful, giving me an insight into serial structures, and what commissioners are looking for - plus as I was asking him for some advice on my TV drama he requested the script
Beyond the workshop
Get one on one tuition and coaching from our experts in these intensive three hour sessions. Only six writers are selected for each lab.
There so much going on and so many opportunities that sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. Who can you turn to in these moments for expert advice? Look for the expert badge and go have a chat!
Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.
Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.
Need a professional to read your screenplay? Get one-on-one feedback on your script with Euroscript.
‘To get that many people in one place with a shared goal is quite something, and I feel privileged to have been involved’
Alex Davies, Screenwriter
Do you love television? Do you have the next returning hit TV drama series in your portfolio? Then we want to hear from you.
Do you love genre movies? Do you like your Thrillers Thrilling? Your Horrors horrifying? Your Comedies Comical? Then this lab may be of interest to you, especially if you have a Killer logline up your sleeve.
Run by top TV showrunner, Barbara Machin, the mind behind top cold case drama WAKING THE DEAD and tough cop drama KISS OF DEATH as well as a whole host of other TV gold.
Hollywood Exec Luke Ryan will run this intense lab to help expand the world and possibilities of your story into a multi-platform experience.
Six screenwriters will get one-on-one mentoring with Hollywood legend Joe Eszterhas in this ‘Thriller’ lab… Seriously, what an amazing opportunity!
A buzz from start to finish, with masses of learning and networking.
Carole Parsons, Screenwriter
Open and Close
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!
Worth every penny.
Peter Delaunay, Writer/Filmmaker.
Join John Yorke in the Final Draft Marquee where he will be signing copies of his book Into The Woods.
Join Karl Iglesias in the Marquee where he will be signing copies of his book Writing for Emotional Impact.
Join Karol Griffiths in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book The Art of Script Editing.
Join Linda Aronson in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book The 21st Century Screenplay.
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.
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.
Join Yvonne Grace in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book Writing for Television.
I still can’t quite believe what I’ve lived through these last few days – totally amazing
KT Parker, Screenwriter
Your long term career success depends on the powerful relationships you create.
Join Daisy Martey, former lead singer of Morcheeba as she strips it down and rocks out to some classic movie theme songs!
Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!
Join us for a drink on Thursday night as we open the London Screenwriters’ Festival
Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street
Where in the ‘real’ world could you just sit down with a stranger at a table and immediately have something in common?