|LondonSWF 2021 (September) Update
We will be running a hybrid festival, consisting of a combination of a three-day live event and online sessions, spread over a longer period of time. The situation is fluid as the government’s cautious roadmap to normality could change at any moment, and that could entail last-minute modifications to the way we deliver events, with more shifting online.
For the latest updates on the situation, please check here.
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.
If you want to spend 362 days a year sitting alone at a desk writing, you need to spend the other three days at this festival."
Luke Graves, Screenwriter
Beyond the Workshop
From the welcome at the door to meeting my peers, talking with the experts and networking, it was a brilliant three days. Can't wait for next year!"
Barry Lewis, Screenwriter
Open & Close
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!
It was my first LSF and it was worth every penny – so much so that when I got home last night I booked my ticket for next year!"
Janet Awe, Screenwriter
Festival Week: Additional One-Day Masterclasses
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.
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.
To get that many people in one place with a shared goal is quite something, and I feel privileged to have been involved."
Alex Davies, Screenwriter
Awaiting Schedule Confirmation For LondonSWF 2021
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the brave writers!
Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive and exciting marketplace in 2020.
My confidence has been reignited thanks to this empowering festival… It makes you feel FUCKING AWESOME!"
James Hannon, Screenwriter
Additional Courses, Workshops & Masterclasses
The Script Surgery provided excellent advice and improved my screenplay story structure."