Sessions 2020

Sessions will be added in early 2020.

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.

I can only say thank you to the organisers for what felt this end to be a seamless event without hiccups."

Neil Hannah, Writer & Director

Neil Hannah, Writer & Director

Headliners

Braveheart Script to Screen

Braveheart Script to Screen

Few films pack as much emotional punch, adventure and romance as Braveheart. And we are privileged to have the Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Randall Wallace, to join us for this 25th anniversary screening at LondonSWF.

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

Pitch at the Great British Pitchfest

This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!

The kick up the arse in terms of inspiration, and the new network I am a part of is invaluable. Just stop reading and invest in your skillset right now."

David Sobell, Screenwriter

David Sobell, Screenwriter

Script to Screen

Kung Fu Panda Script to Screen

Kung Fu Panda Script to Screen

It’s about time we did a deep-dive analysis into how animated features get written and produced, which is why we are SUPER excited to get up close and personal with Po, Crane, Mantis, Tigress, Monkey, Oogway and Master Shifu… and of course director John Stevenson.

It was was huge! A brilliant event. Fun and inspiring – if only the whole world could experience something like this! Thanks everyone for making this awesome."

Richard Osborne, Screenwriter

Richard Osborne, Screenwriter

Screenwriting Practical Help

Based on a True Story: Keeping It Real…Or Not

Based on a True Story: Keeping It Real…Or Not

How do screenwriters balance staying faithful to facts with making a narrative work dramatically? How many liberties can you take before leaving reality behind? A panel of some of the form’s best practitioners will discuss how they tackle these and other questions related to adapting stories based on real events.

Beginner's Guide to Your FIRST Trip to LA and Hollywood

Beginner's Guide to Your FIRST Trip to LA and Hollywood

If your writing is even slightly leaning toward the international or American sensibility, needs greater scale with a stellar cast and associated distribution (and even if it doesn’t), every writer SHOULD make a trip to LA… And sooner rather than later.

Every Payoff Needs a Setup

Every Payoff Needs a Setup

If you have a problem with your end, you really have a problem with the beginning. Every payoff needs a setup. The more satisfying the payoff, and we all love a good ending, the more work the writers have done in the first thirty pages of the script.

First Impressions Matter… Delivering the Killer Opening Pages

First Impressions Matter… Delivering the Killer Opening Pages

In this session, we will be confronting many of the immediate reasons a producer, reader or exec might put down your script within ten minutes and reach for the next one on the pile.

How to Write Characters that Change Authentically and Satisfy Audiences

How to Write Characters that Change Authentically and Satisfy Audiences

Character transformation is at the heart of most screenplays, but why is it so important? Is character transformation just a tried and tested Hollywood formula based on outdated hero myths?

Mining for Meaning

Mining for Meaning

How exploring the innate yet immutable web of connections between genre, subject matter and theme can help you tell more engaging and profound stories.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30-minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

Science(ish): Science Goes to the Movies

Science(ish): Science Goes to the Movies

Hollywood’s take on technology is more important than you think. William Goldman famously said that, in Hollywood, nobody knows anything. But it’s not true. Many of Hollywood’s directors, producers and screenwriters know a lot about science.

Small Canvas, Big Picture

Small Canvas, Big Picture

How to use stakes, scope and scale to tell BIG stories in small settings. Writing to get produced, even on lower budgets, will significantly improve your chances of getting your script to set. And everyone loves a high-stakes story in a smaller setting and reduced scale…

The DIY Script Doctor – How to Find and Fix the Flaws in Your Script

The DIY Script Doctor – How to Find and Fix the Flaws in Your Script

It’s not always easy to see them, but 90% of the flaws in your screenplay can be self-diagnosed, providing you know how to analyse a script.

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.

I got so much out of it. I’m still buzzing. I’ve already signed up for next year!"

Liz Slade, Screenwriter

Liz Slade, Screenwriter

Great British PitchFest

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Hollywood Pitchfest via Skype

Pitch – face to face over Skype – with Hollywood producers and execs. Sessions are 90 minutes and you should get around seven or eight pitches in during that time.

The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Are you good enough to exit the elevator with the million dollar business card before the doors slide shut?

The Pitch Factor

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!

To be all schmaltzy about it, ‘it feels like coming home’."

Charlotte Thompson, Screenwriter

Charlotte Thompson, Screenwriter

Screenwriting for Film & Television

Writing World-Class Long-Form TV: Sorting The ‘Bait’ from the ‘Bull’

Writing World-Class Long-Form TV: Sorting The ‘Bait’ from the ‘Bull’

Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive as well as exciting marketplace in 2020.

One of the best hours of my life – the Actors' Table Read at LSF."

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Terry Comer, Screenwriter

Screenwriters' Talent Fast-Track

The Art, Craft and Business of Seduction: Getting a YES (almost) Every Time!

The Art, Craft and Business of Seduction: Getting a YES (almost) Every Time!

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud reveals, veil by veil, the hidden psychology that you can immediately leverage to radically improve your hit rate.

I got so much from the networking day, I can't even tell you. I feel confident talking to other people now, and I've got the skills for getting into a conversation and out of it."

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter

Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter

Beyond the Workshop

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Speed Networking – Fun, Fast and EFFECTIVE

Meet 30 new writers, producers and directors in our 90 minute speed networking event. Fast, FUN and designed to create powerful new relationships.

The Festival generates enough creative energy to light up Regent’s Park. If you’re serious about writing, do yourself a favour and get involved in this fantastic event."

Ted Tally, Screenwriter - The Silence Of The Lambs

Ted Tally, Screenwriter - The Silence Of The Lambs

Open & Close

Festival Opening

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!

LondonSWF Close

LondonSWF Close

Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for the next year ahead.

I’ve really learnt what I can do to move my career on from this point forward."

Tom Couldrey, Screenwriter

Tom Couldrey, Screenwriter

Cool Tools

If you’re serious about getting your writing produced, you should come to the LSF."

Simon Branco, Writer

Simon Branco, Writer

Social Connection

Networking Drinks in the Refectory

Networking Drinks in the Refectory

Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!

Unofficial Post-Festival Drinks at The Globe

Unofficial Post-Festival Drinks at The Globe

Unofficial post-festival drinks at The Globe pub on Baker Street.

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

Donna O’Reilly, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One-Day Masterclasses

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Networking Tuesday: Work the Room with Confidence: Festival Week (April 14th 2020)

Networking Tuesday: Work the Room with Confidence: Festival Week (April 14th 2020)

Talent is great but relationships get you hired. The ability to create powerful new relationships in any given situation is one of the primary factors in the success of your career and that of any screenplay that you write. A one-day masterclass.

This festival helped create some amazing friendships that I already know will last a lifetime."

Clara Emanuel, Writer, Actor

Clara Emanuel, Writer, Actor

Additional Courses, Workshops & Masterclasses

Breaking into Script Reading, Two-Day Workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 2nd & 3rd 2020)

Breaking into Script Reading, Two-Day Workshop with Lucy V Hay (May 2nd & 3rd 2020)

An intensive two-day workshop that breaks down the art and craft of reading scripts to help improve your own writing, to also improve your feedback for other writers and most importantly, to earn you money as a professional reader.

Pitching Thursday (eve) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Pitching Thursday (eve) at LondonSWF (April 16th 2020)

Don’t fall at the first hurdle. Prepare for an extraordinary PitchFest at the LSF by joining pitch guru Bob Schultz who will transform your pitch so you can present professionally and with confidence.

Loved every minute, met so many great people, had so many wonderful chats, listened to so many inspiring talks."

Katy Segrove, Screenwriter

Katy Segrove, Screenwriter

To be revealed before LSF'2020

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Friday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 2:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

Herringham H243 Friday 5:00pm

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Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Friday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 3:30pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 5pm

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Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

Herringham H243 Saturday 6:30pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

Herringham H243 Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 2.00pm

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Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham H243 Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

Herringham Hall Friday 10:45am

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Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

Herringham Hall Friday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Friday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

Herringham Hall Friday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 5pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

Herringham Hall Saturday 6.30pm

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Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

Herringham Hall Saturday 9am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

Herringham Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 2pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

Herringham Hall Sunday 3.30pm

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Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

Herringham Hall Sunday 9am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Friday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Tuke Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Friday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

Tuke Hall Friday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

Tuke Hall Friday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

Tuke Hall Friday 6:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

Tuke Hall Saturday 5pm

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Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

Tuke Hall Saturday 9am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

Tuke Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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Absolute value for money. My advice would be to new attendees: take a look at the schedule and all the speakers in advance and do a bit of research."

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

LSFIncubate

LSF Incubate: John Yorke... Create a TV Show in a Day (May 2nd)

LSF Incubate: John Yorke... Create a TV Show in a Day (May 2nd)

Spend a day with John Yorke, workshopping story ideas and refining the process with greater depth as you create a brand new TV show. Experience rapid idea execution as it would happen in a real writers room.

LSF Incubate: Deepening YOUR Drama through Character Psychology with Kira-Anne Pelican

LSF Incubate: Deepening YOUR Drama through Character Psychology with Kira-Anne Pelican

Characters are at the heart of films and TV series, but many writers struggle with creating complex and engaging characters. Deep dive into YOUR characters and figure out how to ratchet up the drama and have them speak with sparkling authenticity.

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Griffiths (January 18th)

LSF Incubate: Writing With Greater Depth and Authenticity with Karol Griffiths (January 18th)

Are your great ideas often held back by your writing that can often feel uninspired, lacking depth, truth and brevity when it hits the page? Is there room to take your writing to even deeper, writing from a more authentic place?

LSF Incubate: First Draft. A Three-Month, Mentor-Led Programme to Write your First Polished Draft (May 16th to August 16th)

LSF Incubate: First Draft. A Three-Month, Mentor-Led Programme to Write your First Polished Draft (May 16th to August 16th)

A three-month workshop with intensive training and development weekends alongside mentoring and reading. Maximum of eight writers.

LSF reinvigorates a screenwriter's 'mojo' and infuses it with the strength to persevere."

Dee Chilton, Writer

Dee Chilton, Writer