Sessions LondonSWF 2021

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.

Sessions will be added in the Spring and Summer of 2021.

Over the three days of the London Screenwriters’ Festival we will run over one hundred seminars, workshops and networking events for professional screenwriters. We film most sessions, so if you miss one, or two clash, you’ll be able to catch up later online. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

LSF is now as crucial to the future of the British film industry as the BFI, and due to its global appeal, LSF is making waves around the world."

Tom Kerevan, Writer, Producer

Tom Kerevan, Writer, Producer

2nd August, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Simon Nye, creator 'The Durrells' and other TV smash hits

20:00 Zoom Room with Simon Nye, creator 'The Durrells' and other TV smash hits

This is your chance to join an intimate roundtable with one of the kings of adaptation, award-winning author and screenwriter Simon Nye.

Being able to watch the full range of recorded sessions in the future on the Delegates Network is invaluable."

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

4th August, Monday... Online

20:00 Meet the Agent… Getting an Agent

20:00 Meet the Agent… Getting an Agent

How to get an agent, and why most scripts fail to get an agent or to sell.

A packed, intense, immersive rollercoaster ride!"

Paul Sukhija, Director

Paul Sukhija, Director

5th August, Thursday... Online

Get Legal Advice at the Legal Clinic

Get Legal Advice at the Legal Clinic

We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. We are happy to offer you face time with media lawyer Julian Wilkins in a special session to answer your legal questions.

Meet The Experts

Meet The Experts

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

You have transformed the very idea of a screenwriters' conference into an event FOR and BY writers... I suspect you are also transforming the industry as you go."

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

9th August, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with storytelling thought-leader and guru, Houston Howard

20:00 Zoom Room with storytelling thought-leader and guru, Houston Howard

Chief Storyteller and Co-Founder of One 3 Creative, Houston Howard is the go-to guy on expanding story across different media.

The whole festival was amazing... but that session with Matt Charman will stay with me forever."

Eva Adams, Screenwriter

Eva Adams, Screenwriter

11th August, Wednesday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Julian Wilkins

20:00 Zoom Room with Julian Wilkins

Julian has over 30 years’ experience practicing in the area of media, entertainment and intellectual property law.

The speakers were amazing! I got a lot of useful tips and contacts!"

Wojciech Filaber, Writer

Wojciech Filaber, Writer

16th August, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with novelist turned star screenwriter Jessica Ruston

20:00 Zoom Room with novelist turned star screenwriter Jessica Ruston

Come find out more about Jessica Ruston, the writer, in this unique opportunity to chat with her.

I arrived feeling like an amateur and left feeling like a screenwriter."

Stephan Burn, Screenwriter

Stephan Burn, Screenwriter

18th August, Wednesday... Online

20:00 Meet the Agent… Options and more

20:00 Meet the Agent… Options and more

How to deal with a £1 option, a shopping agreement or a request to write a spec script.

The Script Surgery was brilliant. I was really impressed by the thorough and detailed feedback that was given."

Sangeeta Bhargava

Sangeeta Bhargava

19th August, Thursday... Online

Meet The Experts... Round Two

Meet The Experts... Round Two

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

It was my first LondonSWF but it won't be my last. Friendly, informative and fun. See you next year!"

Louise Walters, Screenwriter

Louise Walters, Screenwriter

23rd August, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Lucinda Coxon, Playwright, Screenwriter and Creator of Roles Actors Die For

20:00 Zoom Room with Lucinda Coxon, Playwright, Screenwriter and Creator of Roles Actors Die For

Famed for “Herding Cats” on stage, “The Crimson Petal and the White” on TV and “The Danish Girl” on the silver screen, this is your chance to get acquainted with one of the UK’s most incisive writers.

The best thing I’ve gotten out of LSF is my circle of writing friends; we turn to each other for support as we get those words on the page!"

Aideen McCarthy, Writer, Director

Aideen McCarthy, Writer, Director

30th August, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Lisa McMullin, a Former LSF Delegate Who has Made a Career in Soaps

20:00 Zoom Room with Lisa McMullin, a Former LSF Delegate Who has Made a Career in Soaps

Lisa has written for two of the UK’s most iconic shows, “Doctors” and “Eastenders”, as well as for Jimmy McGovern’s “Moving On”.

You have transformed the very idea of a screenwriters' conference into an event FOR and BY writers... I suspect you are also transforming the industry as you go."

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter, Holdfastfilms

2nd September, Thursday... Online

Meet The Experts... Round Three

Meet The Experts... Round Three

A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.

One of the best weeks of my life."

Monique Amado, Writer

Monique Amado, Writer

6th September, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Pat Higgins and Fenella Greenfield Who Will Help YOU Make Your Micro Budget Short

20:00 Zoom Room with Pat Higgins and Fenella Greenfield Who Will Help YOU Make Your Micro Budget Short

Are you looking to cut your teeth on making your first film and then carry on from there to build a sustainable career in filmmaking? Speak to Pat Higgins and Fenella Greenfield with your questions on how to make your micro budget short.

An extraordinary event that put the writer – as an individual and as a group – at the centre, and met the needs of all, from the most hesitant emerging talent to the most hard bitten..."

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter

Tanya Lees, Screenwriter

8th September, Wednesday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Debbie Isitt whose Nativity film franchise has become a Christmas cracker!

20:00 Zoom Room with Debbie Isitt whose Nativity film franchise has become a Christmas cracker!

Meet the BAFTA and EMMY award-winning filmmaker who has brightened up our Christmases with her four fun-packed, nativity-themed films: “Nativity” starring Martin Freeman (2009).

Just wanted to say a massive personal thank you to you and all your team for all your endless effort, energy and generosity."

Alan Cross, Screenwriter

Alan Cross, Screenwriter

10th September, Friday... On Stage

10:00 Festival Opening

10:00 Festival Opening

Get fully prepped to get the most from the festival in this kick ass opening that will frame your three day roller coaster. NOT TO BE MISSED!

11:30 Breaking Into The Business With That Perfect Spec with Richard Kurti

11:30 Breaking Into The Business With That Perfect Spec with Richard Kurti

What boxes does your spec have to tick to break in? You might never get the chance to climb the ladder if you can’t get on the first rung. Let Richard Kurti clear the way for you in this crucial session.

11:30 Session TBC

11:30 Session TBC

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates, especially related to Covid news.

14:00 How To Avoid Career Killing Screenwriters Mistakes with Jon Gilbert

14:00 How To Avoid Career Killing Screenwriters Mistakes with Jon Gilbert

What makes a story work, what makes a character engaging, and most importantly – how do writers sabotage themselves right there on the page? Identify the pitfalls, then navigate around them in this session with Jon.

14:00 Session TBC

14:00 Session TBC

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15:30 Session TBC

15:30 Session TBC

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15:30 Session TBC

15:30 Session TBC

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17:00 Are You Not Entertained? In Conversation with William Nicholson

17:00 Are You Not Entertained? In Conversation with William Nicholson

When you have the chance to be in the presence of one of the greatest of all time, you know what you do? You take that chance.

17:00 Session TBC

17:00 Session TBC

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18:30 Session TBC

18:30 Session TBC

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All of it was awesome. This was my first LSF and to say my expectations were exceeded is an understatement – I learned as much as I did on my MA Scriptwriting course!"

Suzanna Cardash, Screenwriter, @suzannacardash

Suzanna Cardash, Screenwriter, @suzannacardash

11th September, Saturday... On Stage

09:00 Session TBC

09:00 Session TBC

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates, especially related to Covid news.

10:00 Keep Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seats – The Killer Thriller with Rowan Joffe

10:00 Keep Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seats – The Killer Thriller with Rowan Joffe

Rowan has written loads of great stuff, but what makes him so brilliant, is his ability to talk about the art, craft, business and associated challenges in the film and TV business.

10:30 Session TBC

10:30 Session TBC

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12:00 Session TBC

12:00 Session TBC

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12:00 Session TBC

12:00 Session TBC

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14:00 Session TBC

14:00 Session TBC

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14:00 Session TBC

14:00 Session TBC

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15:30 Session TBC

15:30 Session TBC

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15:30 Session TBC

15:30 Session TBC

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17:00 40 Years of Fantastic Films with Ned Dowd

17:00 40 Years of Fantastic Films with Ned Dowd

The greats pass through the film industry, and always left standing is Ned Dowd. There is nobody better qualified than Ned to not only write a screenplay, but build a career.

17:00 Session TBC

17:00 Session TBC

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18:30 Session TBC

18:30 Session TBC

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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

Vicky Hinault, Screenwriter

12th September, Sunday... On Stage

09:00 Session TBC

09:00 Session TBC

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates, especially related to Covid news.

10:30 Session TBC

10:30 Session TBC

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10:30 Session TBC

10:30 Session TBC

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11:30 Page 1 Live Edit with Dominic Morgan

11:30 Page 1 Live Edit with Dominic Morgan

In this LIVE Edit, Dominic Morgan will take writers’ first pages and escalate them from fine to fantastic. Submit your first page in advance and maybe Dominic will edit it live on screen!

12:00 Session TBC

12:00 Session TBC

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14:00 Session TBC

14:00 Session TBC

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14:00 The Process To Perfection with Clive Frayne

14:00 The Process To Perfection with Clive Frayne

In this invaluable session, you will learn solve the problem of endless and ineffective rewrites via Clive Frayne’s unique process-driven approach.

15:30 Session TBC

15:30 Session TBC

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15:30 Session TBC

15:30 Session TBC

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17:00 Session TBC

17:00 Session TBC

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I couldn't believe the response... of the eight companies I pitched, seven requested – six requested scripts and two requested one-pagers."

Duane Kulikowsky, Screenwriter

Duane Kulikowsky, Screenwriter

13th September, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Phil Hughes & Ted Wilkes, Oracles on the Narrative Structure of Scripts

20:00 Zoom Room with Phil Hughes & Ted Wilkes, Oracles on the Narrative Structure of Scripts

Authors of narrative structure manual “The Beginning, the Middle and the End”, and Regents University screenwriting lecturers Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes are passionate and relentless in the pursuit of excellent storytelling.

The panel cut through the gloss and directly attacked the project's weakest spots/problems. This, I feel, was worth every penny of the Screenwriters' ticket alone."

Elkie Yates, Screenwriter

Elkie Yates, Screenwriter

15th September, Wednesday... Online

20:00 Meet the Agent… Think Outside The Box

20:00 Meet the Agent… Think Outside The Box

Why screenwriters should consider turning a great unsold script into a novel and self-publish if it can’t be sold.

I got my script requested by Film4 at the PitchFest!"

Jane Evans, Screenwriter

Jane Evans, Screenwriter

20th September, Monday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Henry Fitzherbert, Whose Gamble on a Mid-life Career Change Paid Off

20:00 Zoom Room with Henry Fitzherbert, Whose Gamble on a Mid-life Career Change Paid Off

Henry Fitzherbert has over a dozen script sales and commissions. He began his career as a film critic, before switching to screenwriting, script consulting and tutoring.

John Yorke's session was hugely helpful, giving me insight into serial structures and what commissioners are looking for – plus, as I was asking his advice on my TV drama, he requested the script!

Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter

Rachel Paterson, Screenwriter

22nd September, Wednesday... Online

20:00 Zoom Room with Sean Robert Daniels, whose Nicholl Fellowship Kick-started His Career

20:00 Zoom Room with Sean Robert Daniels, whose Nicholl Fellowship Kick-started His Career

Come and talk to him about how you can leverage competition wins to build your career, and ask him about making it in movies outside Hollywood.

The festival was an absolute triumph – top flight and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm... superb!"

Barbara Machin, BAFTA-Winning Screenwriter

Barbara Machin, BAFTA-Winning Screenwriter

24th September, Friday... Online

19:30 Online Festival Opening with Chris Jones & Bob Schultz

19:30 Online Festival Opening with Chris Jones & Bob Schultz

Welcome to the party, Pals! We are back online and kicking off another fabulous festival. Come join us as we launch once again on an adventure of writing, excitement, and community. This is one party you do not want to miss! Huge fun!

20:30 Defying Expectations: In Conversation With Producer (Black Swan, Zodiac, Altered Carbon) Mike Medavoy

20:30 Defying Expectations: In Conversation With Producer (Black Swan, Zodiac, Altered Carbon) Mike Medavoy

Hollywood Royalty isn’t easy to come by (unless you are attending the London Screenwriters’ Festival). He’s produced for Fincher, Aronofsky and so many more.

21:30 Writing TV with Pilar Alessandra

21:30 Writing TV with Pilar Alessandra

Join her for step-by-step guidance on developing your television project. She will be tackling creating a story arc and concept that will attract producers, as well as create an engaging story world and irresistible characters.

The Script Chats were open, informative and leisurely."

Rebecca Handley, Screenwriter

Rebecca Handley, Screenwriter

25th September, Saturday... Online

14:30 Online Session 003

14:30 Online Session 003

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

15:30 Zoom Room 001

15:30 Zoom Room 001

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

16:30 The Low-Budget Challenge Check-In with Pat Higgins

16:30 The Low-Budget Challenge Check-In with Pat Higgins

It’s the midpoint of the challenge, and like all midpoints, it’s time to revitalize your story with more energy and impact! Pat’s back to invigorate you and your writing.

19:00 The Protagonist's Journey: An Introduction to Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers

19:00 The Protagonist's Journey: An Introduction to Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling with Scott Myers

Elevate your protagonists journey. Festival rockstar Scott Myers returns, JUST as his new book is released too, so expect some fanfare!

20:00 Zoom Room with Scott Myers

20:00 Zoom Room with Scott Myers

Following his session on the Protagonist’s Journey, hop into Zoom with Scott to have your individual questions and challenges answered by the master himself.

LSF feels like school, uni and the warmest, snuggliest part of my bedroom all rolled into one!"

Cera Rose Pickering, Screenwriter, Actress

Cera Rose Pickering, Screenwriter, Actress

26th September, Sunday... Online

09:00 Sunday Morning Screenwriters' Cafe

09:00 Sunday Morning Screenwriters' Cafe

Community is everything. Set the world’s troubles aside as you spend Sunday morning writing or chatting. Dive deep into your work in progress, participate in writing exercises, hang out with some other writers, or simply put words on the page.

14:30 Online Session 006

14:30 Online Session 006

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

15:30 Zoom Room 003

15:30 Zoom Room 003

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

16:30 Zoom Room 004

16:30 Zoom Room 004

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:00 The Screenwriter’s Journey To Success with Mark Sanderson

20:00 The Screenwriter’s Journey To Success with Mark Sanderson

Mark Sanderson is here to prepare you for your own journey with the tactics developed over the past twenty years of working in the film industry.

21:00 Online Session 008

21:00 Online Session 008

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

Sensational speakers! I’ve never been in tears at the end of a conference before! From newbies to global giants; a huge range of insight – and all delivered with passion!"

Matthew White, Writer, @Tree_and_Troll

Matthew White, Writer, @Tree_and_Troll

27th September, Monday... Online

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

Spend 30 minutes with a peaceful guide and other screenwriters as we get ourselves in the right ‘head space’ for the coming week.

19:30 Dave Reynolds Returns

19:30 Dave Reynolds Returns

He’s back to discuss his newest project: a new, hilarious adaptation of GARFIELD. Come reacquaint yourself with one of the all-time best and look to his future (and yours). Our conversations with Dave always generate solid gold advice – and this session will be no different.

20:30 Zoom Room 005

20:30 Zoom Room 005

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

My first LSF was a blast. It brought me out of my shell. I can now say with confidence that I am a writer!"

Adam Harper, Screenwriter

Adam Harper, Screenwriter

28th September, Tuesday... Online

10:00 Morning Inspiration

10:00 Morning Inspiration

Get inspired before you face your day — then come on back this evening for more tips on how to put that inspiration into action on your writing.

19:30 Online Session 010

19:30 Online Session 010

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:30 Zoom Room 006

20:30 Zoom Room 006

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

I enjoyed every minute of it. Ten out of ten and will return!"

Craig Warren, Screenwriter

Craig Warren, Screenwriter

29th September, Wednesday... Online

10:00 Warrior Wednesday

10:00 Warrior Wednesday

Harriet will share with you how to manage your mindset and Unleash your Warrior Within to inspire you to enjoy the process and create your passion.

19:30 Online Session 011

19:30 Online Session 011

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:30 Zoom Room 007

20:30 Zoom Room 007

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

Totally immersive experience to reinvigorate your writing. So many opportunities."

Danielle Wager, Writer, Filmmaker

Danielle Wager, Writer, Filmmaker

30th September, Thursday... Online

10:00 Morning Inspiration

10:00 Morning Inspiration

Get inspired before you face your day — then come on back this evening for more tips on how to put that inspiration into action on your writing.

19:30 Online Session 012

19:30 Online Session 012

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:30 Zoom Room 008

20:30 Zoom Room 008

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

The most awesometastic place on the planet to meet like-minded creative, mental people."

Mark Renshaw, Writer, Producer, Author

Mark Renshaw, Writer, Producer, Author

1st October, Friday... Online

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

Spend 30 minutes with a peaceful guide and other screenwriters as we get ourselves in the right ‘head space’ for the coming week.

19:30 Online Session 013

19:30 Online Session 013

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:00 The Pitch Factor

20:00 The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from the London Screenwriters Festival, the Pitch Factor returns with CASH prizes and our very own motley crew of judges!

Everybody I pitched to was great. Even if my project wasn’t for them, they were happy to offer me advice."

Edward Davenport, Screenwriter

Edward Davenport, Screenwriter

2nd October, Saturday... Online

14:30 Online Session 014

14:30 Online Session 014

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

15:30 Zoom Room 009

15:30 Zoom Room 009

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

16:30 Zoom Room 010

16:30 Zoom Room 010

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

19:00 Online Session 015

19:00 Online Session 015

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:00 Online Session 016

20:00 Online Session 016

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

22:00 TV Writing Secrets: Multiple Protagonists, Serial Storylines, and More with Linda Aronson

22:00 TV Writing Secrets: Multiple Protagonists, Serial Storylines, and More with Linda Aronson

Multi-award winning TV writer and parallel narrative guru Linda discusses insider tricks for advanced story beat construction, plus fractured storytelling.

Being surrounded by the support and love of this group is something I will never forget as long as I live // 10 Stars (out of 5) "

Monique Amado, Screenwriter, Actor, Director

Monique Amado, Screenwriter, Actor, Director

3rd October, Sunday... Online

09:00 Sunday Morning Screenwriters' Cafe

09:00 Sunday Morning Screenwriters' Cafe

Set the world’s troubles aside as you spend Sunday morning writing or chatting. Dive deep into your work in progress, participate in writing exercises, hang out with some other writers, or simply put words on the page.

14:30 Online Session 017

14:30 Online Session 017

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

15:30 Zoom Room 011

15:30 Zoom Room 011

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

16:30 Zoom Room 012

16:30 Zoom Room 012

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20:00 Online Session 018

20:00 Online Session 018

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

21:00 Online Session 019

21:00 Online Session 019

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

There are so many sessions and activities on offer; LSF is a bit like a ‘choose your own adventure’ story."

Diana Purves, Screenwriter

Diana Purves, Screenwriter

4th October, Monday... Online

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

Spend 30 minutes with a peaceful guide and other screenwriters as we get ourselves in the right ‘head space’ for the coming week.

19:00 Online Session 020

19:00 Online Session 020

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:00 Writing With Authenticity with Dui Jarrod

20:00 Writing With Authenticity with Dui Jarrod

A great screenplay can only be grown from the authentic writer. Based on this philosophy, how do you access those inspirations that will make readers’ hearts soar?

As always, the only thing wrong with the LSF is that it only lasts three days."

David Marantz, Writer/Director

David Marantz, Writer/Director

5th October, Tuesday... Online

10:00 Morning Inspiration

10:00 Morning Inspiration

Get inspired before you face your day — then come on back this evening for more tips on how to put that inspiration into action on your writing.

19:00 Online Session 021

19:00 Online Session 021

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

What A Script Doctor Does with Carrie Courogen

What A Script Doctor Does with Carrie Courogen

A deep dive into the work of script doctors will cast a light on an aspect of writing often consigned to the shadows.

What an utterly amazing event. Had so much fun and learned a lot. Was completely worth coming from Cologne, Germany."

Christina Gruber, Screenwriter

Christina Gruber, Screenwriter

6th October, Wednesday... Online

10:00 Warrior Wednesday

10:00 Warrior Wednesday

Supporting YOUR story! You have a great idea, You decide to write your story but the overwhelm of doubt, procrastination perhaps fear shows up? Harriet will share with you how to manage your mindset and Unleash your Warrior Within to inspire you to enjoy the process and create your passion.

19:30 Online Session 022

19:30 Online Session 022

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:30 Zoom Room 015

20:30 Zoom Room 015

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

If you don't come away from this feeling inspired and motivated then you'd better check whether you actually have a pulse in the first place!"

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

7th October, Thursday... Online

10:00 Morning Inspiration

10:00 Morning Inspiration

Get inspired before you face your day — then come on back this evening for more tips on how to put that inspiration into action on your writing.

19:30 Online Session 023

19:30 Online Session 023

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:30 Zoom Room 016

20:30 Zoom Room 016

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

The festival was an absolute triumph – top flight and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm... superb!"

Barbara Machin, BAFTA-Winning Screenwriter

Barbara Machin, BAFTA-Winning Screenwriter

8th October, Friday... Online

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

10:00 Morning Mindfulness: The Pause Before

Spend 30 minutes with a peaceful guide and other screenwriters as we get ourselves in the right ‘head space’ for the coming week.

19:30 Online Session 024

19:30 Online Session 024

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:30 Zoom Room 017

20:30 Zoom Room 017

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

It was awesome – thanks to the whole crew! Doesn't seem fair to pick out sessions, but the Bridge of Spies Script to Screen and the Christopher Hampton Q&A were sublime."

Matt White, Screenwriter

Matt White, Screenwriter

9th October, Saturday... Online

14:30 Online Session 025

14:30 Online Session 025

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

15:30 Zoom Room 018

15:30 Zoom Room 018

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

16:30 Zoom Room 019

16:30 Zoom Room 019

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18:00 The Low-Budget Challenge Conclusion with Pat Higgins

18:00 The Low-Budget Challenge Conclusion with Pat Higgins

In the heat of summer it began, and now, in the cool breeze of autumn, Pat returns to wrap up the challenge. How is your low-budget script? Are you ready to launch it out into the world?

19:00 Online Session 026

19:00 Online Session 026

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

20:00 Online Session 027

20:00 Online Session 027

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

What an emotional end to a fucking rockstar weekend!"

Lee Burgess, Screenwriter

Lee Burgess, Screenwriter

10th October, Sunday... Online

09:00 Sunday Morning Screenwriters' Cafe

09:00 Sunday Morning Screenwriters' Cafe

Set the world’s troubles aside as you spend Sunday morning writing or chatting. Dive deep into your work in progress, participate in writing exercises, hang out with some other writers, or simply put words on the page.

14:30 Online Session 028

14:30 Online Session 028

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

15:30 Zoom Room 020

15:30 Zoom Room 020

This session will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out for updates.

16:30 Zoom Room 021

16:30 Zoom Room 021

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20:00 Online Session 029

20:00 Online Session 029

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21:00 Online Session 030

21:00 Online Session 030

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LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

What an incredible journey it’s been! Let’s bring some certainty to our futures, so we can create from a position of strength and with unstoppable momentum.

The quality of the speakers. The PitchFest was AMAZING! Delegates. Networking! This is the future of the British film industry."

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Awaiting Schedule Confirmation For LondonSWF 2021

The Festival was full of clear, sensible and realistic advice – none of that wishy-washy stuff here!"

Grace Dixon

Grace Dixon