|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
Looking for contemporary and diverse Film & TV projects, with a socio-political edge and ideally from a female-driven perspective.
At Free@Last TV, we know what we're looking for so we want to be surprised by what we don't know we need.
Welcoming submissions and pitches from writers for thematic, high concept and elevated genre feature films, also seeking professional / credited writers for rewrites and assignments.
Annabel is Head of Development at Salon and has additionally taken on a producing role within the company.
Barry is looking for ideas that surprise, inspire and add new ideas to any genre.
Cassie is excited by stories which show an original voice and depth of character, in any genre.
Looking for: Prime Time Christmas movie & romcom pitches. For our Christmas content, we want writers who can fuse together well-crafted plots, Christmas heart and comedy beats to create that Christmas magic that audiences love.
DCD Rights are always on the lookout for original concepts and exciting scripted series to present to the international market. Commercially, the genres we are looking for are drama, thrillers, crime procedurals and family/social dramas for 60minute slots
We are looking for hour long, multi-part series for UK broadcasters and SVODs. Twisty psychological thrillers, especially with a relatable newspaper headline hook are always welcome. But our favourite projects are often ones that surprise us and showcase
Looking for: Thrillers, WWII action, live action family, romcoms, festive and YA.
Keren Coleman is a Script Editor for Paul Abbott's production company, AbbottVision.
Currently seeking high concept thriller / horror / supernatural / features with budgets around £1 Million and one-hour drama / true stories / thriller / genre blend with fresh perspectives for TV.
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.
If your idea is “bonkers” or “out there” then it is probably a good fit for us. We gravitate towards the visual and visceral and are looking for escapism and imagination. Female-centric projects are strongly welcomed!
Mpona Lebajoa joined Rocliffe as Development Assistant in 2020.
Looking for: In terms of scripts: Sci-fi, young adult, comedy. Film and TV.
Paul execs a range of shows such as Bulletproof, Tin Star, Strike Back and new Sky One sci-fi series Intergalactic starring Savannah Steyn (The Tunnel).
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.
Interested in animated projects of all shapes and sizes. Anything we couldn’t possibly think of ourselves.
Looking for stories that can find audiences both sides of the Atlantic, with high production values and casting opportunities.
The company seeks to finance and distribute distinctive films of quality for theatrical release internationally. We do not focus on specific genre. We don’t do TV.
Zack joined Pistachio Pictures in 2017 as the Producer’s Assistant and now works across a diverse slate of film and television projects as the Production and Development Coordinator.
From my first time last year, I have seen a tangible difference in the quality of my writing. I couldn’t wait to get back and learn more."
Vicky Hinault, Screenwriter
Hollywood Pitch Execs
Alexa's producer credits include "One Last Thing" starring Wendell Pierce, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Joanne Froggatt, "Run Fat Boy Run" directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg & Thandie Newton, and "A Hole In One" starring Michell Williams.
Coming-of-Age,Revenge,Inspirational,True Stories,Biopics,Young Adult (YA),Female-Driven,Crime/True Crime,Psychological,High-Concept,Books,Graphic Novels,Documentary Adaptations under $5MM,$5MM - $30MM
Aegis Film Group was founded in 2003 by Arianna Eisenberg, a writer/producer and published author.
Looking for all genres and formats (including novels)
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.
Looking for drama, comedy, action, thriller features Micro (under $1MM), Low ($1MM - $5MM) or Mid-range ($5MM - $10MM) budgets and drama or comedy half-hour pilots, one-hour pilots, miniseries, limited series or movies for TV.
Grace Ledding is an independent producer and manager who began her career in entertainment ten years ago.
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.
Bleecker Street is an American film distribution company based in New York City.
Looking for high concept thriller / horror / action / sci-fi / rom-com features and one-hour comedy or crime drama for TV.
Robert has had a rich and varied career in Hollywood, including agenting, producing and now writing.
Benaroya Pictures was founded in 2006 by CEO Michael Benaroya to develop, finance, and produce major motion pictures across a variety of genres and platforms.
Terry Botwick has been responsible for the creation and oversight of more than 2,000 hours of television series, special events, and films.
Looking for: inspirational stories, romantic comedies, and thrillers.
Currently looking for independent features with some financing in place (female centered dramedies or dramas preferred) to direct.
Thank you for the encouragement, inspiration and the opportunity to be part of a community. It really was a life-changing experience."
Donna O’Reilly, Screenwriter
Dutch London Pictures looks to develop the offbeat, quirky and weird. They are looking for confident and clear, collaborative writers, who know their stories, their characters and why they need to be shared with the world.
Alastair Clark founded Wellington Films in 2000 with partner Rachel Robey. In 2018 it was named by Screen International as one of the Brit 50 top independent film production companies in the UK.
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.
jolliwood entertainment is looking for stories with international appeal that can play seamlessly across alternative distribution channels, as well as counterprogramming content. No horrors, actions or sci-fi.
Independent Brit film + Emmy-winning TV producer whose credits include Filmstars Don't Die in Liverpool, My Week With Marilyn, Coriolanus, The Young Victoria & Gangs of New York.
Dami is looking for writers of underrepresented identities who want to write authentic and exciting stories.
Looking for screenplays that play to the strengths of Independent Cinema - high-concept character-driven stories that can engage and inspire international audiences.
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.
Gary Phillips is joint managing director of UK based international sales and production company Moviehouse Entertainment, formed in 2001.
Looking for film scripts that have a clear and strong genre, but find an interesting and original way to attack the space.
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.
Primarily looking for genre stories with a unique twist and some contemporary social relevance.
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.
Interested in hearing good pitches and reading compelling scripts.
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."
Looking for projects about the environment and climate change, and projects with a Spanish/Hispanic link.
Elation are looking for projects at all stages of development. They are particularly eager to find comedies, sci-fis or good thrillers.
Writer and Producer of over 700 TV programmes, Lucinda is co-founder and Creative Director of Novel Entertainment.
On the lookout for proactive storytellers, people with a passion to learn beyond just the writing stage, having a desire to think about how their script and pitches work in the context of an entire production.
Interested in independently financed lower budget dramas and documentaries with multi-platform potential and a budget range €500,000 - €4m.
One of the UK’s brightest horror genre imports, Brazilian-born Marcia is looking for strong female-driven dramas/thrillers, action/adventure, posh horrors and high-concept scripts.
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.
Natalie produced Carol, Struck, Through a Screen Darkly.
Looking for fresh, compelling, contemporary thrillers and high-concept comedies.
Looking for commercial genre features under £3M. Interested particularly in sci-fi, action and horror stories with a fresh hook and international appeal. Not looking for British comedy.
Seeking sci-fi, political drama, art house, European thriller, experimental mixed drama/documentary (not drama-docs), historical, westerns.
Thunderbolt Media & Entertainment is open to all genres except Gore/Slasher.
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.
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.
Producer of classic adventure hit "Rob Roy" and horror classic "The Woman In Black" and its sequel "The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death", now seeking a high-concept thriller.
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.
Hurricane Films' ethos is to tell great stories - whether fact or fiction.
Currently focused on historical and fantasy Sci-fi genres with big stories that are based on the characters' journeys. We are looking for stories that need to be told now.
Stewart is open to hearing most ideas although less keen on straight horror. Looking for both Film and TV.
Susan has an interest in developing and producing films across genre but with a focus on stories that provoke; stories that embrace who we are and where we might go; stories that shift our axis of understanding.
Seeking entertaining stories and quality, performance-driven drama with genre elements, particularly European co-productions.
WEP is a multi-award winning independent production company based in London and West Wales. Its current slate includes production and development in film, TV, theatre and digital media.
Xenia Glen is a producer at the BAFTA-nominated Misfits Entertainment.
Some absolute standout sessions for me and not one duff one – now that is a hell of an achievement!"
Jan Caston, 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 2016. She represents writers, directors and script editors working across film, television and theatre.
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.
In 1996 he co-founded the Talent & Literary Agency Emptage Hallett, representing actors, writers and casting directors.
Represents authors, dramatists/screenwriters, and screenwriters.
Olivia Gray is an agent at Independent Talent Group
Talia is an associate agent in the office of Natasha Galloway.
I’ve really learnt what I can do to move my career on from this point forward."
Tom Couldrey, Screenwriter
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.
Ben is looking for writers with high-concept, very contained scripts.
Looking for Drama/Arthouse type films, I usually like things with a little humour. Interested in low budget arthouse sci fi. NO action/horror.
Gerardo 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 oversees the activities at Film Nouveau, a script development company. Film Nouveau’s current development slate includes his own ‘THE VISA’ and Owen O’Neil’s ‘THE SAFE’.
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.
Far Lane Media are looking for Character-driven dramas and/or thrillers, as well as stories that have a sub-genre of science fiction and/or mystery.
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.
The London Screenwriters' Festival is a must go-to event for any screenwriter looking to either learn or progress in their career."