Sessions LondonSWF 2021

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.

It's an amazing feeling being somewhere and thinking, 'Oh I get it – this is my place, and this is my thing'."

Mandy Jayne Constance, Screenwriter

Mandy Jayne Constance, Screenwriter

Sessions To Be Confirmed

Darwin D06 Friday 10:30am

Darwin D06 Friday 10:30am

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Darwin D06 Friday 2:00pm

Darwin D06 Friday 2:00pm

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Darwin D06 Friday 3:30pm

Darwin D06 Friday 3:30pm

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Darwin D06 Friday 5:00pm

Darwin D06 Friday 5:00pm

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Darwin D06 Friday 6:30pm

Darwin D06 Friday 6:30pm

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Darwin D06 Saturday 10:30am

Darwin D06 Saturday 10:30am

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Darwin D06 Saturday 2.00pm

Darwin D06 Saturday 2.00pm

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Darwin D06 Saturday 3.30pm

Darwin D06 Saturday 3.30pm

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Darwin D06 Saturday 3:30pm

Darwin D06 Saturday 3:30pm

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Darwin D06 Saturday 5pm

Darwin D06 Saturday 5pm

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Darwin D06 Saturday 6:30pm

Darwin D06 Saturday 6:30pm

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Darwin D06 Sunday 10:30am

Darwin D06 Sunday 10:30am

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Darwin D06 Sunday 2.00pm

Darwin D06 Sunday 2.00pm

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Darwin D06 Sunday 3.30pm

Darwin D06 Sunday 3.30pm

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Final Draft Hall Friday 10:45am

Final Draft Hall Friday 10:45am

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Final Draft Hall Friday 2pm

Final Draft Hall Friday 2pm

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Final Draft Hall Friday 3.30pm

Final Draft Hall Friday 3.30pm

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Final Draft Hall Friday 5pm

Final Draft Hall Friday 5pm

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Final Draft Hall Friday 5pm

Final Draft Hall Friday 5pm

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Final Draft Hall Saturday 10:30am

Final Draft Hall Saturday 10:30am

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Final Draft Hall Saturday 2pm

Final Draft Hall Saturday 2pm

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Final Draft Hall Saturday 3.30pm

Final Draft Hall Saturday 3.30pm

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Final Draft Hall Saturday 5pm

Final Draft Hall Saturday 5pm

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Final Draft Hall Saturday 6.30pm

Final Draft Hall Saturday 6.30pm

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Final Draft Hall Saturday 9am

Final Draft Hall Saturday 9am

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Final Draft Hall Sunday 10:30am

Final Draft Hall Sunday 10:30am

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Final Draft Hall Sunday 2pm

Final Draft Hall Sunday 2pm

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Final Draft Hall Sunday 3.30pm

Final Draft Hall Sunday 3.30pm

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Final Draft Hall Sunday 9am

Final Draft Hall Sunday 9am

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Script Angel Cinema Friday 10:30am

Script Angel Cinema Friday 10:30am

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Script Angel Cinema Friday 2:00pm

Script Angel Cinema Friday 2:00pm

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Script Angel Cinema Friday 3:30pm

Script Angel Cinema Friday 3:30pm

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Script Angel Cinema Friday 5pm

Script Angel Cinema Friday 5pm

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Script Angel Cinema Saturday 2pm

Script Angel Cinema Saturday 2pm

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Script Angel Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

Script Angel Cinema Saturday 3:30pm

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Script Angel Cinema Saturday 5pm

Script Angel Cinema Saturday 5pm

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Script Angel Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

Script Angel Cinema Saturday 6:30pm

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Script Angel Cinema Sunday 10:30am

Script Angel Cinema Sunday 10:30am

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Script Angel Cinema Sunday 2pm

Script Angel Cinema Sunday 2pm

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Script Angel Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

Script Angel Cinema Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

Tuke Cinema Saturday 10:30am

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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 2pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 2pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

Tuke Hall Sunday 3:30pm

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Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

Tuke Hall Sunday 9am

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The organisers and volunteers are so enthusiastic and generous with their positivity that you can almost see people’s inhibitions and fears evaporating over the course of the weekend."

Angela Jameson, Author

Angela Jameson, Author

Beyond the Workshop

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring stories and new collaborators at the PitchFest."

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

Jade Alexander, Devilishly Handsome Productions

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!

If you are serious about being a screenwriter, you have to attend the LSF."

Maurice C Kenney, Screenwriter

Maurice C Kenney, Screenwriter

Festival Week: Additional One-Day Masterclasses

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of Festival Week (September 7th 2021)

Networking Tuesday, work the room with confidence: Day 1 of Festival Week (September 7th 2021)

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.

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (September 9th 2021)

Pitching Thursday (*Evening*) at LondonSWF (September 9th 2021)

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.

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

Eva Adams, Screenwriter

Eva Adams, Screenwriter

Awaiting Schedule Confirmation For LondonSWF 2021

Stage Your Show at the Edinburgh Fringe

Stage Your Show at the Edinburgh Fringe

Whether you aspire to be an international superstar like Phoebe Waller-Bridge or a self-contained storyteller controlling every detail of your material, the path to success may just lead through the Edinburgh Fringe. Join this panel for a rollicking conversation about the thrills and pitfalls of bringing your project to Edinburgh.

200 Hours of TV: Writing Award-Winning Content

200 Hours of TV: Writing Award-Winning Content

Emmy-winning television writer, show-runner and crime specialist Barbara Machin has over 200 hours of transmitted television under her belt. In this interview, she will share her unmatched expertise in content creation to advise writers on where to turn next and inspire you to action like no one else can!  

From Downton Abbey to Broadchurch: Producing the Nation's Favourite Shows

From Downton Abbey to Broadchurch: Producing the Nation's Favourite Shows

As Director of Drama Commissioning at ITV, Steve November left his mark on stalwarts such as Downton Abbey and Coronation Street, before becoming creative director at Lionsgate. Join us for a deep dive into the career of this prolific television producer.

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

Hear how writer Barbara Machin, producer Jane Steventon and director Justin Molotnikov took the low-budget feature Susan Hill’s Ghost Story from inception to transmission on Channel 5 in only a year and the trials and tribulations they faced.

It's a Mystery

It's a Mystery

Crime and thriller are the most popular genres in film and television. Discover the secrets of crafting a killer crime story and find out how to use mystery techniques to hook an audience… whatever your genre.

Stan & Ollie Script to Screen

Stan & Ollie Script to Screen

Appearing in 107 films in a dazzling three-decade career, Laurel and Hardy are built into the bedrock of classic Hollywood comedy. Last year, Stan & Ollie took audiences on a journey behind the curtain of these stars of vaudeville and screen. Here, the writer Jeff Pope takes us behind the scenes of its making.

All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

From Miss Marple to Dana Scully, numerous renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisiual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where, in a post-Me Too landscape, she is likely to head next…

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

At its peak, with its perfect blend of action, adventure and romance, Poldark boasted TWICE the audience of Game of Thrones in Britain. Meet the team to find out how it was written and why audiences kept coming back, season after season.

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.

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 the film’s director, John Stevenson.

Peaky Blinders Script to Screen

Peaky Blinders Script to Screen

With season six currently in production, Peaky Blinders manages to fuse urban fact with myth to deliver a show crammed with fascinating, compelling and dynamic characters and plot twists and turns that have us all yelling at the screen. Join the show’s director, Anthony Byrne, as he talks us through an episode.

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.

What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the brave writers!  

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the Bait from the Bull

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the Bait from the Bull

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

To get so many high-powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I've benefited, and it's more than worth the cost."

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Additional Courses, Workshops & Masterclasses

Brilliantly organised, loved the pre-event phone call too."

Michelle Margherita, Writer, @mishmags

Michelle Margherita, Writer, @mishmags