|LondonSWF 2021 (September) Update
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.
We are assembling the GREATEST roster of screenwriting speakers ever for our TENTH anniversary!
The London Screenwriters’ Festival will host around 130 professional speakers from all areas of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate online Script Chats (subject to technology) after their respective sessions so that you can get facetime with them. Although speakers are being added continuously, the vast majority will be confirmed in the summer of 2021. Get updates by signing up below.
I want to apply all the techniques I’ve learned here to the feature script I’m writing. It reminded me again of the journey I’m on."
Shahid Kamal, Writer, Director
Author of: The 21st-Century Screenplay
Linda Aronson returns to dazzle LSF delegates with her game changing explanations of how to construct non-linear and multiple storyline films.
Credits include: Locke, Atonement, Eastern Promises
Paul is an Oscar nominated, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning producer.
Author of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc
Dara has nearly 30 years of script consultation experience in Hollywood.
Credits include: Gladiator, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Road To Freedom
Twice Oscar nominated William Nicholson is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist.
Disney and Pixar writer David Reynolds credits include; Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 & 3 and The Emperor's New Groove.
Her first produced original script, ONLY YOU, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, sold for $1m, while her next, WHAT WOMEN WANT, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, is the second highest grossing rom/com of all time.
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen.
Author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Credits include K-9 with Jim Belushi and Trojan War with Jennifer Love Hewitt
Scott is head honcho and scribe at Go Into The Story, official screenwriting blog for the Black List.
I had the most awesome time at the Festival, although I think my brain has almost melted!"
Liz Bishop, Screenwriter
Credits include: Coronation Street, Birds Of A Feather
Damon is a TV creator, producer and writer with a wealth of experience and credits to his name.
Credits include: Kajaki, Chalet Girl
Tom's most recent feature the critically acclaimed Kajaki was selected for TIFF and received a BAFTA nomination for 'Outstanding Debut' for it's Director and Producer.
He wrote on Judge Dredd, Freddy Vs Jason and Aquaman and has worked with Stan Lee, Robert Evans, Warner Bros. and Disney XD.
Writer and director for film and television
Credits include: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who, Torchwood
Award winner Phil has written hundreds of hours of classic TV including The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dr Who and Torchwood.
Credits include: PJ Masks, Fireman Sam
Tim has written hundreds of episodes for some of the world's most beloved children's shows.
Credits include: The Catherine Tate Show, Little Heart
Aschlin is an award-winning Screenwriter known for 'Swimming With Men' starring Rob Brydon and his various collaborations with Catherine Tate
Author of The Process of Screenwriting
Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Credits include Hard Target 2, An Act of Defiance
Dominic has written for 30-plus studios and production companies, including Universal Studios, Working Title, Scott Free and the BBC.
Dui Jarrod is a Day-time Emmy nominated & award-winning screenwriter, director, and playwright residing in Brooklyn, NY best known for BROOKLYN. BLUE. SKY.
Credit include: Lupin, Killing Eve, Criminal UK, The Tunnel, The Hour
A writer on the cutting edge of thrilling crime television, writing on Killing Eve, and creating Criminal, on Netflix worldwide
Glenn Gers has been a professional screen-and-television writer for 25 years.
Credits include Slaughterhouse Rulez, Born a King
Henry co-wrote Slaughterhouse Rulez starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen and penned the historical epic Born a King.
Credits include: August, Savage Grace
Howard A. Rodman is a Screenwriter, Novelist, Educator and President of the Writers Guild of America, West.
J. Michael Straczynski is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Synthetic Worlds Ltd. and Studio JMS.
Credits include: Rev, The Gamechangers
James Wood is the Bafta wining writer and creator of Freezing, Rev, Ambassadors and The Gamechangers.
Credits include Harlots, Young Wallander
Jessica is developing both original and adaptation projects with companies such as Dancing Ledge, Monumental Television, Big Light, and 42 UK/US for both terrestial broadcast and streaming.
Credits include: Brookside, Holby City and New Tricks.
BAFTA winner Joe is a veteran of recurring drama, writing for some of the most popular series on TV.
Credits include: Doctor Who, The Avengers, Survivors
John’s scripts have been produced on stage, radio and as audiobooks and he has won multiple international awards.
Credits include: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Jon’s produced credits include The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the production draft of Paddington, Desert Dancer, Fast Girls and In Fear.
Credits include The Zigzag Kid
Jon is a screenwriter and script consultant with over fifteen years’ experience working in the UK and US film industries.
Credits include: Tommies, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Jonathan created, writes and produces the a four-and-a-half year real-time drama - Tommies which airs on BBC Radio this autumn.
Credits include: Torchwood, Wizards Vs. Aliens
Joseph has written scripts for radio and television, including episodes of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards Vs Aliens and Hetty Feather.
Credits include: Home, Arthur & Merlin
Kat’s directorial debut, the short film 'Home' starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, makes her the first ever UK winner of the Jameson First Shot Competition.
Credits include EastEnders, Doctors
Lisa writes continuing drama series for television and also writes Big Finish audio dramas, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Time War.
Credits include: The Danish Girl, The Crimson Petal and the White
Lucinda is an award-winning writer for film, television, and stage.
Credits include: Horrid Henry, Fimbles, Maisy
Writer and Producer of over 700 TV programmes, Lucinda is co-founder and Creative Director of Novel Entertainment.
Credits include: Design For Murder; Blithe Spy; A Bullet At Balmain’s.
Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter.
Author of: A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics to Survive as a Working Screenwriter in Hollywood
Mark Sanderson is a screenwriter, script consultant, author, blogger, and lecturer blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with screenplays written in a wide range of genres.
Matt has written and designed dozens of award-winning and best-selling games including The 7th Guest, Doom 3 and Rage.
Credits include Fauda, Project Orpheus
Michal Aviram is an award-winning Israeli screenwriter. She has created and written on hit shows for numerous platforms, including Netflix, Amazon and Israeli broadcaster, Keshet.
Credits include: Starship Titanic, Just Cause, The da Vince Code
Neil is a writer in TV, games, interactive and more recently novels.
Credits include TrashHouse, Hellbride, KillerKiller
After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, Pat wrote the award-winning mockumentary, The Devil’s Music.
Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa’s the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals.
Credits include EastEnders, Casualty
Philip was awarded the C21 Drama Script Prize with his black comedy drama Euthanasia in Suburbia and currently writes for EastEnders and Casualty.
Credits include: Wolfblood, Primeval
Richard and his writing partner Bev Doyle broke into the business by writing and selling a spec script, Newton's Law, which led to 14 further movie commissions.
Credits include: The Coroner, Vera, Death in Paradise, Eastenders and Frantic Assembly
Sally has created the BBC1 Drama The Coroner.
Credits include: Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin and The Durrells
Simon was a translator before starting his writing career as a novelist, adapting his two novels 'Men Behaving Badly' and 'Wideboy' into TV series.
Alongside her legal career, Thandi started writing drama, fantasy and sci-fi scripts.
Credits include: Plebs, Peep Show, Gap year
Tom is co-creator and co-writer of 'Plebs' and has written for some of the best comedy shows.
LSF has grown to be the single most important screenwriting event on this side of the pond. An amazing three days that keep me motivated to keep on writing."
People Who Get Stuff Made
Apocalypto, King Arthur, Ondine, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans
Apocalypto, King Arthur, Shanghai Noon and Last Of The Mohicans are a handful of films on Ned's resume - it reads more like our movie collection!
Staunch supporter of emerging talent
Julian has years of experience as a literary agent. He is also the founder of ScriptWriter magazine and author of How To Make Money Scriptwriting.
Credits include: The Archers, Bloomsday
Jeremy is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year for Radio 4.
She has trained many writers who have gone on to secure jobs within the industry and has worked on Ballykissangel.
Stewart is open to hearing most ideas although less keen on straight horror. Looking for both Film and TV.
Alexei has several projects in development. This year he is looking to advise writers on making the step into short films of all types, writing for shorts, assembling a team and tackling festivals and distribution.
Carrie Courogen is an associate director of creative development at Condé Nast, where she works across the digital entertainment portfolios of Pitchfork, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Teen Vogue, and Vanity Fair.
Charlotte is MD of The Knight Hall Agency in London.
Credits include: Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies, and Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle o
An award-winning film producer, Gary Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, including Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies, and cult fan favorite Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death.
Click through to Jane's bio page to see what she's looking for at the Pitchfest.
Credits include: The Jason Byrne Show, French & Saunders
Julia produces comedies for Radio 2.
Michael Brandt is the co-creator of “Chicago Fire” along with its subsequent spinoffs “Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice.”
In 1996 he co-founded the Talent & Literary Agency Emptage Hallett, representing actors, writers and casting directors.
His credits include U-Turn, Zodiac, Shutter Island, Black Swan, Altered Carbon, and many many more.
Thanks so so much for an amazing, astonishing, brilliant, inspirational Talent Campus experience!!!! I am over the moon about it!"
Halida Abbaro, Screenwriter
Credits include: Confetti, Nativity 1, 2 & 3
Debbie's unique improvisational methods have attracted the cream of UK comedy to her projects including Martin Freeman, Alan Carr, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan and David Tennant.
Jim Agnew is a director, writer and producer, known for The Capture (2017), Rage (2014) and Game of Death (2011).
Credits include: Slow West, Pitch Black Heist
John’s debut feature 'Slow West' was released in 2015 and won multiple awards including one at Sundance.
Credits include: Convenience, Funday
Keri Collins is a Welsh BAFTA winning writer/director for film and television.
Credits include: Papadopoulos & Sons
DIY filmmaker Marcus wrote, directed, financed, produced and self distributed indie favourite Papadopoulos & Sons.
Credits include: The Private Life of Samuel Pepys, Dad’s Army, Johnny English Reborn, Dorian Gray
His first feature came in 1995 with own adaptation Othello starring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. He also directed Othello, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest.
The festival awoke a passion and creativity in me that had begun to fade in the struggle of this industry. I am forever changed as a writer, and as a person."
Jennifer Egbon, Writer
Credits include: I'm Jack, A Poet In New York
Celyn is a critically acclaimed actor and writer who The Times referred to as “the powerhouse writer-performer behind the greatest Dylan Thomas biopic yet”.
Credits include: Teen Wolf, Blade Runner 2049
Since making his mark in 80's cult classic Teen Wolf, Mark has appeared in films such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Blade Runner 2049.
Credits incude: Boy Meets Girl, The Danish Girl
Rebecca is best known for playing Judy in BBC Two’s ground-breaking comedy series 'Boy Meets Girl'.
The Lab worked out far better than any of us hoped."
Mike Waugh, Screenwriter
People Who Know Stuff
Bionic blogger, script editor, author and the voice of new writers!
Lucy is legendary for her enthusiasm and the knowledge she shares with her Bang2Write community and is a core member of the LSF team.
Author of That's Not Funny, That's Sick
Ellin teaches screenwriting on the MA Script Writing programme at Goldsmiths and has worked in development for numerous production companies in the US and UK.
Credits include the Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing; author of the Guerilla Handbooks
Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Credits include Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!
Writer, producer, screenwriting professor and co-founder of ScriptFest.
Founder: Kitson Press Associates
Jean Kitson is an agent representing film, TV, theatre and radio writers and particular interest in both mainstream drama and children's media.
After several years of working in the fitness industry while trying to learn how to write a great TV pilot, Adele took an unexpected pivot: writing an experimental audio drama that combined storytelling and exercise.
She's developed a set of powerful mindset tools to help writers ditch self-sabotage and achieve more consistent creative flow.
David has delivered script consultancy services for projects all over the world, including films that have been candidates for Academy Awards.
Expert in All Things Treatment, and a successful writer/director in her own right.
Harriet Bratt is an international speaker, trainer, fire walk instructor and WARRIOR. Her mission is to empower people globally to Unleash their Warrior within... and Master their Life.
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Story, You're Gonna Need A Bigger Workbook
Viewing story through a transmedia lens, a thought leader and creator of the SUPER STORY method.
Known for Splinter (2008), Office Uprising (2018) and Infinite (2021)
Ian Shorr is a prolific spec-hound, with several spec sales to his name.
Since writers struggle writers to create female characters as three-dimensional as their leading men, Joanna consults on developing the female elements of scripts
Author of The Science of Writing Characters (available soon from Bloomsbury)
Kira-Anne has 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
Credits include: Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career
Lee is a career coach for screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter's professional development.
Credits include: The Musketeers, Wolfblood
May has worked on the development and production of many television drama, comedy and children’s programmes for the UK and the US.
Meditation Teacher, Doula, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Reiki Master
Meditation Teacher, Accredited Journey Practitioner, a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, an EFT Practitioner,
Writing credits include Thunderpants, I Want Candy, The Queen's Nose
Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Film & Screen degree at Regent’s University, London and is an experienced script editor for film and TV.
Credits include: Casualty, The Bill, Bad Girls
Roxanne works as a story producer for Snowed In Productions and worked on the adaptation of the latest installment of "Strike".
Killers, The Docket, The Last Victims
Screenwriter, head writer, script editor, story consultant, and 1st South African to win the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
Shannan E. Johnson is a former creative executive of TV development and programming turned CEO of the first black-owned script consultancy.
The entertainment industry’s leading expert, with clients such as HBO, Dreamworks, Disney, Paramount, and Touchstone
Co-author of The Beginning, The Middle & The End (available soon)
Ted teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University and is currently developing a TV series with producer Nick Agha.
I met a huge number of people who were not only great writers but great company, and I'm looking forward to staying in touch with them."
Billy Steel, Screenwriter
Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Tales of Peter Rabbit
Barrister turned writer Mark served as story editor on Garrow's Law and has several TV and feature projects ready to go.
Credits include Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter, composer and sound designer with a passion for storytelling in all of those forms.
Credits include Casualty
Rachel signed with Independent Talent in 2017 and started writing for Casualty in 2018. She has just finished her fifth episode as a core writer.
Credits include: Writing The Science Fiction Film (Author)
Screenwriter Robert is one of the core team behind The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film.
What an utterly amazing event. Had so much fun and learned a lot. Was completely worth coming from Cologne, Germany."
Christina Gruber, Screenwriter