Speakers

SPEAKERS WILL BEGIN TO APPEAR IN EARLY 2020
The London Screenwriters’ Festival features around 100 professional speakers from all aspects of the film and television business. Many have also agreed to intimate Script Chat sessions after their respective events so that you can get face time with them. New speakers are added periodically with the vast majority being confirmed late spring / early summer 2020. Get updates by signing up below.


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

Billy Steel, Screenwriter

Screenwriters

Clive Frayne

Clive Frayne – Screenwriter, Script Editor, Author

Author of The Process of Screenwriting

Clive Frayne is an award-winning writer and film-maker with thirty years' experience writing professionally.
Clive Frayne
Debbie Horsfield

Debbie Horsfield – Screenwriter

Credits include: Poldark; Sex, Chips & Rock 'n Roll; All The Small Things

Debbie is responsible for the BBC smash hit Poldark and is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright.
Debbie Horsfield
Dominic Morgan

Dominic Morgan – Screenwriter

Credits include: Hard Target 2, An Act of Defiance

Dominic has written for 30+ studios and production companies, including Universal Studios, Working Title, Bold Films, Scott Free, the BBC and ITV.
Dominic Morgan
Helen Black

Helen Black – Screenwriter

Credits include: Clink, Gimme Shelter

Lawyer turned novelist turned award-winning screenwriter, Helen has original projects in development with BBC Studios, Endor Productions and Snowed In.
Helen Black
Jon Gilbert

Jon Gilbert – Screenwriter, Script Consultant

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.
Jon Gilbert
Philip Lawrence

Philip Lawrence – Screenwriter

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.
Philip Lawrence
Rachel Paterson

Rachel Paterson – Screenwriter

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.
Rachel Paterson

The festival has created a grounded, rounded, richly valuable experience for writers like myself

Lee Stone, Writer

Lee Stone, Writer

People who get stuff made

Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams – Writer

Credits include: New Teletubbies, Topsy and Tim, Waffle the Wonder Dog, Chip and Potato

Catherine has over 15 years' experience as series co-creator, writer, head writer and script editor on many Bafta-winning kids' shows.
Catherine Williams
Samantha Horley

Samantha Horley – Writer, Script Consultant, Lecturer

Credits include: Executive Producer on Grabbers, Miss You Already

Sam has 20 years' experience in international film sales, development, production and marketing.
Samantha Horley

I'm still buzzing my socks off about the lab... what a tremendous experience!

Michelle Lindsay, Screenwriter

Michelle Lindsay, Screenwriter

Directors

John Stevenson

John Stevenson – Director

Credits include: Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar

John has over 40 years' experience in film development, earning an Academy Award nomination as director on Kung Fu Panda.
John Stevenson

Where else can you queue up for lunch with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish stood next to you?

Andy Wright, Screenwriter

Andy Wright, Screenwriter

People who know stuff

Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Filmmaker, Author

Credits include: Oscar-shortlisted Gone Fishing, the Guerilla Handbooks and a bunch of feature films

Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books and helping others make their movies.
Chris Jones
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD

Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD – Writer, Researcher and Script Consultant

Kira-Anne is a writer, researcher and script consultant with 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries.
Kira-Anne Pelican, PhD
Nic Ransome

Nic Ransome – Script Editor, Screenwriter

Credits include: Holby City, Shrooms

Nic has written for Holby City and Freefonix and has developed TV for Silver Pictures Television, Starz, Artists Studio and Bentley Productions.
Nic Ransome
Philip Hughes

Philip Hughes – Screenwriter & Educator

Writing credits include: Thunderpants, I Want Candy

Phil is Course Leader for BA(Hons) Film & Screen degree at Regent’s University, London.
Philip Hughes
Ted Wilkes

Ted Wilkes – Screenwriter & Educator

Ted currently teaches Screenwriting and Digital Media at Regent's University.
Ted Wilkes

Where else can you queue up for lunch with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish stood next to you?

Andy Wright, Screenwriter

Andy Wright, Screenwriter

Moderators

Bob Schultz

Bob Schultz – Writer, Producer, Professor, Instructor

Credits include: Fringe Bootcamp, Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!

Writer, Producer, Screenwriting Professor, and co-founder of ScriptFest & the Fringe Bootcamp

This is a vital and fantastic porthole into the business we want to work in. Nothing you buy to help you with your screenwriting will be better value than this.

Panayiota Panteli, Screenwriter

Panayiota Panteli, Screenwriter