Upcoming Key Dates and Deadlines


Buckle up buttercup! INCOMING!

So we have a LOT going on between August 4th and October 10th.

We have a number of exciting activities running up to the on-stage part of the festival September 10-12th, and in-between that and the online part of the festival September 24th to October 10th. Script-chats, Labs, ZoomRooms, Meet the Experts, Meet the Agent, Meet the Lawyer and Legal Clinic. Something for everyone. So get your diaries out and save these dates.

Monday nights are script-chat nights…

At 8pm London-time every Monday we will welcome a special guest to the LSF ZoomRoom.

Who can come? Any delegate with a pass to this year’s festival.

How can you attend? All script-chats are online, via Zoom. You will receive an email within 24 hours before the start of the meeting with the log-in details. Script-chats are also recorded and available later on catch-up through LSFconnect.

Tuesday nights are lab nights…

Six writers will be selected to attend each lab. (You may apply to two labs to increase your chances of being selected.) Please note, times differ, and yes, we intentionally offer the same lab twice on August 24th, led by different producers.

2021 Script Labs include…

  • Script Lab 1: Making it in Hollywood with Joey Tuccio
    Tuesday, August 3rd, 8pm London-time
    In this lab, Joey will go over everything you need to know, from researching companies to how to reach out and navigate (literally and figuratively) Los Angeles, how to give the best meetings, and how to follow up. Read Joey’s bio.
    **candidates for Lab 1 must have 2 or more completed scripts in the same genre**
  • Script Lab 2: From Fade in to Fade Out: making a short film with Alexei Slater
    Tuesday, August 10th, 8pm London-time
    Alexei will advise you on making short films from concept to distribution and everything in-between. Read Alexei’s bio.
    **Lab 2 is for writers with a short film concept, script or project**
  • Script Lab 3: Writing a Spec Script that will sell with Ian Shorr
    Tuesday, August 17th, 8pm London-time
    In this lab, Ian will advise you on writing a spec script that gets you attention, representation and hopefully all the way to production. After all Mark Wahlberg just did this with his last script. Read Ian’s bio.
    **Selected writers will be asked to submit 2-3 issues to Ian that they would like to hear discussed in the lab**
  • Script Lab 4: You’ve optioned your script – what now? with Neil Thompson
    Tuesday, August 24th, 7.30pm London-time
    So your script has been optioned. Congratulations. There is still a long way to go until you will get to see it up on the silver screen or your flat screen TV. Neil will advise you about the development process and how to survive it. Read Neil’s bio
  • Script Lab 5: You’ve optioned your script – what now? with Thembisa Cochrane
    Tuesday, August 24th, 8.00pm London-time
    You often hear commissioned writers talk about “development hell”. This is because development work on screenplays for film can often take a few years to complete. In some cases, it might take a decade before they go into production.  But it doesn’t have to be hell. Thembisa will advise you about the development process and how to survive it. Read Thembisa’s bio.
  • Script Lab 6: Writing for the Soaps with Lisa McMullin
    Tuesday, August 31st, 7.30pm London-time
    Smart writers know that one of the best way to learn to write under pressure, hone their craft, create contacts and earn both credits and money is by writing for continuing drama, affectionately known as the Soaps. Lisa will advise you about how to make a career out of writing for the Soaps. Read Lisa’s bio.
  • Script Lab 7: Writing authentic female characters with Joanna Tilley
    Tuesday, September 7th, 7.30pm London-time
    In this lab, Joanna will advise you on how to avoid tropes and stereotypes and instead write authentic female characters that actors want to play… Read Joanna’s bio.
  • Script Lab 8: Career Boot Camp with Lee Jessup
    Tuesday, August 31st, 8.00pm London-time **DATE CHANGE**
    In this lab, you will benefit from Lee’s 20 years’ worth of experience in prepping writers to put their best foot forward… Read Lee’s bio.
  • Script Lab 9: Writing for Hollywood with Ned Dowd
    Tuesday, September 14th, 7.30pm London-time
    In this lab, Ned will give you the skinny on working in Hollywood and advise you on how to shark-proof your writing… Read Ned’s bio

Who can come? Those delegates who are selected via the submission process. Please check the original email announcing the labs for the link to apply for labs. It will also be posted in LSF connect, but will not be posted in any public forums.

For all labs, you need to submit a logline + max. 200-word synopsis, the first 10 pages of your script and a supporting statement about yourself and how the lab would help you.

How can you attend? All labs are online, via Zoom. If you are selected, you will receive an email within 24 hours before the start of the lab with the log-in details. All labs are private, and so they are not recorded.

Wednesday nights are ‘ZoomRoom with Experts’ nights…

All screenwriters need to understand the business side of writing. We are fortunate in having the two Julians — Julian Friedmann, founder and agent at Blake Friedmann, and Julian Wilkins, editorial director of Blue Pencil Media — willing to share their knowledge and experience with you.

  • August 4th, 8.00pm London-time Meet the Agent: Julian Friedmann
    Tonight’s topic: How to get an agent and why most scripts fail to get an agent or sell
  • August 11th, 8.00pm London-time Meet the Lawyer: Julian Wilkins
    Tonight’s topic: Writing true-life stories or stories mentioning real-life people, places and products
  • August 18th, 8.00pm London-time Meet the Agent: Julian Friedmann
    Tonight’s topic: How to deal with a £1 option, a shopping agreement or a request to write a spec script
  • September 15th, 8.00pm London-time Meet the Agent: Julian Friedmann
    Tonight’s topic: Why screenwriters should consider turning a great unsold script into a novel and if it can’t be sold then self-publish

Who can come? Any delegate with a pass to this year’s festival.

How can you attend? All ZoomRoom’s are online, of course. You will receive an email within 24 hours before the start of the meeting with the log-in details. ZoomRooms are also recorded and available later on catch-up through LSFconnect.

Thursday nights are ‘Meet the Experts’ and ‘Legal Clinic’ nights…

Writer, Producer, Director and Distributor David Nicholas Wilkinson is back with his team of experts to help delegates with a well-developed project to take to the next level, while media lawyer Julian Wilkins will host a couple of legal clinics to provide advice on tricky legal issues.

  • August 5th, 8.00pm London-time (apply by midnight Friday, July 30th)
    Meet the Experts with David Nicholas Wilkinson and his team of experts
  • August 5th, 8.00pm London-time (apply by midnight, Friday, July 30th)
    Legal Clinic 1 with Julian Wilkins
  • August 19th, 8.00pm London-time (apply by midnight, Sunday, August 8th)
    Meet the Experts with David Nicholas Wilkinson and his team of experts
  • August 26th, 8.00pm London-time (apply by midnight, Sunday, August 8th) Legal Clinic 2 with Julian Wilkins
  • September 2nd, 8.00pm London-time (apply by midnight, Tuesday, August 10th)
    Meet the Experts with David Nicholas Wilkinson and his team of experts

Who can come? Those delegates who are selected via the submission process. Please check the original email announcing ‘Meet the Experts’ and ‘Legal Clinic’ for the link to apply. It has also been posted in LSF connect, but will not be posted in any public forums.

For Meet the Experts, you need to submit your contact details, a description of your project in ONE sentence, a fuller description of your project in 300 words or less and a line or two about your experience in film, TV and/or theatre.

For the legal clinic, you only need to submit your contact details and a description of your legal problem.

How can you attend? All sessions are online, via Zoom. If you are selected, you will receive an email within 24 hours before with the log-in details and the time of your appointment with the experts or lawyer. All meetings are private, and so they are not recorded.

Final word

More activities may be added later.

Don’t forget to put the London Screenwriters’ Festival on your email account’s green-list, so messages with log-ins don’t go to your spam box!

KT // TeamLSF

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