|LondonSWF 2021 (September) Update
Pitchfest Will Be 100% ONLINE in 2021
Due to Covid uncertainty, we will be running a hybrid festival in 2021, with a three-day live event* and online sessions spread over a longer period of time. Things could change rapidly so keep an eye on our updates HERE. In person delegates will require daily flow tests and vaccine status declaration.
Execs, Producers, Directors and Agents at PitchFest 2021
OK take a deep breath… and check out who you can pitch YOUR projects to this year at The Great British Pitchfest!
Execs will be added in late Summer of 2021.
Who came last time?
Sixty professionals from over fifty companies heard pitches at the last Pitchfest, leading to hundreds of script requests. Execs, Producers, Directors and Agents attended from these companies in past few years.
Confirmed Execs, Agents, Producers and Directors for 2021
As Manager of International Television Distribution at Lionsgate, Alexandra Pappas helps oversee the regional distribution of the Company’s film and television library in Latin America.
Welcoming submissions and pitches from writers for thematic, high concept and elevated genre feature films, also seeking professional / credited writers for rewrites and assignments.
Chloe joined Drama Republic in July 2019 from the Film, Theatre & TV Department at Curtis Brown, where she was Assistant to Lily Williams.
Daisy Gilbert is the Head of Development at Moonriver TV.
What we're looking for: The Fuchsia Corner is focused on producing bold and thought-provoking content for film, TV and online distribution that feels original, fresh, modern and very well-executed.
Interested in bold and compelling drama series for international audiences. Bonus points for crime/thriller elements, well-developed characters and returnable series.
James Wooldridge is the Development Executive at Company Pictures
We are looking for contained thrillers, action, historical action, true crime, and if a good romcom comes along then great!
Kelly Wray is a Development Assistant at Clerkenwell Films
Keren Coleman is a Script Editor for Paul Abbott's production company, AbbottVision.
Lillian Kibedi is the CEO of Akoberwa Films
Lucy instigated a Writers’ Room system at Casualty which now commissions the majority of its writers in that way.
Currently seeking projects that tell a compelling story, are in an identifiable genre and which would have international appeal. Ideally with budgets of up to £5m.
An accomplished development and production professional, with experience in scouting and nurturing emerging talent and diverse voices.
Mpona Lebajoa joined Rocliffe as Development Assistant in 2020.
Natalie is a Development Executive at Aardman Animations.
Looking for: In terms of scripts: Sci-fi, young adult, comedy. Film and TV.
Low-med budget film proposals: there is a wide range of things we would consider, from personal dramas with GREAT characters to genre ideas that don’t feel off-the-shelf and we are particularly keen to hear stories told from a female perspective.
Looking for 60 minute TV drama ideas of any genre for UK broadcasters, so should ideally have some British element in the idea. Other than, just looking for quality and originality.
Rohit Jain is the Managing Director South Asia and Networks for Emerging Markets Asia at Lionsgate.
Seeking entertaining stories and quality, performance-driven drama with genre elements, particularly European co-productions.
Tom is Head of Development, Film and TV for Wildgaze.
Will South is the Creative Executive at Marv Studios.
Zack joined Pistachio in 2017 as the Producer’s Assistant and now juggles that with being the Production and Development Coordinator, working across a diverse slate of film and television projects.
The very fact that you are at the London Screenwriters’ Festival means you want to learn and improve your writing skills, and there are many opportunities to do this."
Rita Wheeler, Screenwriter
Hollywood Pitch Execs
Aegis Film Group was founded in 2003 by Arianna Eisenberg, a writer/producer and published author.
Casper Shirazi is the co-founder of Jolliwood Entertainment.
Denise is the president of MakeMagic Productions. MakeMagic Productions is dedicated to the development and production of commercially viable and richly entertaining film, television and theatre.
Elliott Brannon is the Director, Acquisitions & Content Strategy at Lionsgate US.
Please see bio to see what Evan is looking for
Lisa Zupan is the Vice President of Development and Production at Wendy Finerman Productions
Meyer Shwarzstein is the President for Brainstorm Media.
Looking for high concept thriller / horror / adventure material.
Robert has had a rich and varied career in Hollywood, including agenting, producing and now writing.
Looking for: inspirational stories, romantic comedies, and thrillers.
It's an incredible festival and I'm really fortunate to have been a part of it."
Luke Ryan, Producer 'The Cabin In The Woods'
Alasdair Melrose is an actor and producer, known for Dona & Vixen (2020), Potty the Plant (2017).
Alex Baldwin is a producer at Radical Media
Alex Boden is a film and TV producer working in the UK and internationally, specialising in co-productions and international productions.
Andee (Dee) is an Emmy award-winning and BAFTA-nominated film producer.
Barnaby is a founding partner of Embargo Films, which has produced I, Anna, Pusher, The Sweeney, Still Life, Miss You Already and Scarborough.
Brendan McCarthy is a producer and screen writer. He is co – owner of Fantastic Films based in Dublin, Ireland.
Catherine Davies is the Co-founder, Producer, Creative Director of Skipyard Productions.
He produced The Marriage of Reason & Squalor for Sky Arts, executive produced Red Dog True Blue, and, with Barbara Broccoli, the Bafta-nominated Film Stars Don"t Die In Liverpool.
Dami is looking for writers of underrepresented identities who want to write authentic and exciting stories.
Make Films are keen to hear about scripts that would appeal to 18-30 year old audiences, narrative-led VR shorts, and are open to anything unique and character-driven, ideally low budget.
Darin's career spans over 15 years in production, creating more than 100 hours of Television plus Feature Films.
Eve Gabereau is an award-winning film distributor and producer and the founder of Modern Films.
Gary Phillips is joint managing director of UK based international sales and production company Moviehouse Entertainment, formed in 2001.
Seeking excellent feature-length solid-genre scripts which display brevity and wit, documentary stories and also really out-there, unusual and totally original content for all formats and platforms.
Harriet produced feature film Chalet Girl (starring Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy). The film was widely released in the UK by Paramount / Momentum and achieved great success here and worldwide. Chalet Girl is shown regularly on Channel 4, and is a popular
Irune Gurtubai produced Pikadero (Spain/UK, 2015).
Ivan Mactaggart is a British film producer best known for his 2017 production Loving Vincent, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.
James is currently packaging several projects, and is financing a feature adaptation of Alice Sebold’s memoir ‘Lucky’ starring Victoria Pedretti and Marcia Gay Harden.
Produced by James Richard Baillie together with Iranian filmmaker Tina Gharavi, BAFTA-nominated "I am Nasrine" was described by Ben Kingsley as "an important and much-needed film."
Formerly the managing director of BBC Films (1998-2010) and now a Director of the Counterpoint Partnership, Jane Wright brings a wealth of experience of the film industry.
Jayney has written and produced short films and her first independent feature film: THE COVEN was released in 2014 and has since been distributed throughout the UK and US and internationally.
A founding Partner of CatchLight Studios, Jeanette has worked on over 85 feature films, most recently as Producer on SONGBIRD.
Currently looking for film and TV scripts emphasising story and character that can work in the UK and US. Collaborating with partners in LA.
Kate won the Best Producer Award at the Underwire Festival 2017 for 13 and Fury Film’s premier event for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman won Best Film Event of the Year at the Screen Awards 2017.
Having cut her teeth on commercials and promos Margot Douglas has spent the last few years coordinating on award winning short films.
The first film he produced was "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and he has gone on to produce 31 more films, plus many other projects besides.
Molly has produced and production managed short films, promos and commercials.
Natalie produced Carol, Struck, Through a Screen Darkly.
Seeking sci-fi, political drama, art house, European thriller, experimental mixed drama/documentary (not drama-docs), historical, westerns.
Paida is a Producer and Writer. A Masters Graduate from the National Film and Television School, she has produced number of award winning short films including Solar Plexus (Cannes 2019).
Paula Crickard Co Founder HaZ Film Head of Post Production Nu Boyana UK Paula has produced several award winning feature drama's and documentaries for release on multiple platforms.
Not a Number's current slate of projects includes sci-fi thrillers, cutting edge comedy, crime thrillers and psychological horror.
Rajita was Longlisted for a BIFA in category of "Breakthrough Producer" 2020 and is Film London Lodestar 2021.
Looking for writers who preferably have one distributed feature film made already and are interested in high concept low budget (1m euro) films in the sci-fi, comedy or horror genres, plus a feature film that is a magical adventure for children.
Saskia started her career in drama as a freelance script editor before climbing her way up the comedy ladder to Sky, then ITV and recently to Fulwell 73, where James Corden is a partner.
Currently seeking: Live action - Adventure, thriller, sci-fi, comedy/romcom, family. Animation: Family/fantasy.
Looking for a good “hero’s journey” that tells a human story. We are also interested in thrillers and stories with a lovely twist. Changing the audience’s expectations and getting them “off guard”.
Terry Botwick produced Hosea, Captive, Cool It (Documentary).
Selkie is currently developing projects with several directors and co-producers and is keen to work with new and diverse talent.
Looking for fresh, compelling, contemporary thrillers and high-concept comedies.
Stewart is open to hearing most ideas although less keen on straight horror. Looking for both Film and TV.
It was was huge! A brilliant event. Fun and inspiring – if only the whole world could experience something like this! Thanks everyone for making this awesome."
Richard Osborne, Screenwriter
Andrew has been a talent manager working with screenwriters, directors and dramatic rights for eighteen years. His clients range from first-time filmmakers to Oscar nominees, working in all genres and media around the world.
Brandy is looking for TV, and in features: contained thrillers, elevated horror, big world action movies and broad comedies. Also, books for film/tv.
Eva joined Sayle Screen in September 2016 after graduating from Edinburgh University. She works alongside all the agents, supporting their clients, whilst building her own list of writers and directors across theatre, film and TV.
Greg Hunt is an Agent at Independent Talent Group
Matt Connell is an agent at Berlin Associates
Meg's personal specialty is handling television and film rights as well as working with film scripts.
Michelle Kass Associates upport their clients in all aspects: creative, legal, business, marketing and lots more besides.
Olivia Gray is an agent at Independent Talent Group
Talia is an associate agent in the office of Natasha Galloway.
I have taught at many events, but none as gorgeous as the LSF – the enthusiasm and smarts of the delegates was humbling."
Julie Gray, Story Consultant, Writing Mentor
EyeFive Films is the home of writer, producer, editor and director Abid Khan. EyeFive aims to produce content with international appeal about self-discovery, identity and coming-of-age, with a particular focus on diverse talents and stories.
Ade Solanke is a playwright and scriptwriter, and founder and director of Spora Stories.
Ben is looking for writers with high-concept, very contained scripts.
Gerardo is the Company Director of Auspicious Flame Productions. He has had a rich and varied career, first as an actor, then as a photographer and now as a film director.
Jeremy’s stylish storytelling and genre-bending cinematic sensibility mean he is in demand for many TV pilots and new series.
Looking for TV and FILM content with strong gritty emotional pull, adaptations and action.
Joe is a Producer/ Director with his own production company with a slate of projects in development.
DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
Michael Normand is a screenwriter, director, and founder of Film Nouveau.
Nathan is a multi-faceted filmmaker with an original background in music and post-production. He recently wrote/directed the romantic comedy feature film: Swipe Fever.
Peter wrote, produced and directed the thought provoking feature film 'Doonby' starring John Schneider, Ernie Hudson, Jenn Gotzon, Robert Davi and Jennifer O'Neill.
Rebekah set up production company Seahorse Films in 2011 with longtime collaborator and writer Peter Machen to develop a slate of films that combine creativity with commerciality and that actively encourage more opportunities for women.
Veronica's debut feature 'Nine Nights' won the Pan-African Film Festival Narrative Feature Director Award 2019 and is released through Random Media. Currently, she's developing a female centric historical TV series based on an award winning book.
My mentor, Karol, has been phenomenal!"