Here’s what happened in 2014…
The Lab worked out far better than any of us hoped
Mike Waugh, Screenwriter
This is your big moment… Pitch your killer project to professional producers and top agents. Past sessions have resulted in options AND representation!
It’s about time someone put the originators and architects of great storytelling front and centre. And we are rising to that challenge.
A shot in the arm which keeps your screenwriting juices pumped for the next 12 months.
Tracy England, Screenwriter
Script To Screen
Meet screenwriter Dave Reynolds as we record the unofficial DVD chat track for Finding Nemo in this live and exclusive Script To Screen. Watch This Session…
With an embarrassment of riches, we are still working on the best film for this session. The Lost Boys, The Client, St Elmo’s Fire, A Time To Kill, Falling Down, even House Of Cards? Check back soon.
Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script To Screen LIVE with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Watch This Session…
An in-depth examination, from ‘Script to Screen’ of Brit hit prison drama ‘Starred Up’ with Screenwriter Jonathan Asser.
We were absolutely thrilled about the positive response and engagement from the delegates, not to mention the support from the festival itself!
Samuel Ellemark, Plotagon, Sweden
Screenwriting Practical help
Treatments, Outlines, Beat Sheets, Scene Breakdowns, Synopsis, Step Outlines, Pitch docs…the list goes on and is often bewildering. But what are they for? Why should we use them? And what do they look like? Ludo Smokski is here to help you navigate your way through the forest of development docs.
How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.
It’s hard enough to write a great script, let alone do it in your out of work hours. Add a family to the mix and it seems almost impossible right? Well, not necessarily… Watch This Session…
Don’t cry into your Haagen Dazs! You can write a female-driven screenplay that sells … without selling out.
Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a plot point, a character, or a scene? Or maybe you feel it’s just not happening today? Pilar will show you a number of tools that will immediately and powerfully unstick your creativity so the words continue to flow.
Claudia Myers leads this cracking session about creating complex and compelling characters that hook us into a story and refuse to let us go. Watch This Session…
TV and digital drama as well as feature films are increasingly using nonlinear, ensemble and flashback storytelling. Let Linda pull back the curtain to reveal the tools that makes these formats work so darn well.
Paul Ashton and Richard Holmes, Senior Film Execs across development and production, walk us through their top tips for success, the avoidable common mistakes they see every day. Expect the warts and all truth from the people putting the money where their mouths are. Watch This Session…
If you’re keen to write a drama, whether feature, short film or TV, then this session is not to be missed! After years of research, reading and helping writers and filmmakers, Lucy V Hay can reveal best practices for success. Watch This Session…
An frank talk from Abigail Gonda, Development Producer at BBC Writersroom about how talent gets spotted and what a writer can do to maximise this happening.
Joe Mefford of Final Draft is here to help screenwriters of all experience levels navigate their way around their scripts with Final Draft 9.
Meet Robert and Amma, both overnight successes… It only took ten years! What defines a successful screenwriter and how do you keep going? Watch This Session…
This session is an opportunity for you to discuss all of these things and more with two agents. What attracts them to a writer and his/her work? What can an agent do for you that you can’t do for yourself? And what should you avoid when trying to find one? Watch This Session…
Hollywood Career Coach Lee Jessup shares strategies and invaluable inside knowledge into conquering the US from anywhere in the world.
Don’t fall after you pass the first hurdle… Get coached for a lifelong career with Hollywood coach Lee Jessup.
Conquer perfectionism and writer’s block by purposely writing terrible scenes and dialogue. You read that right. The worst. You will finish a scene you were stuck on, make yourself laugh and then be inspired to make it better. Bad writing is the new good writing. Watch This Session…
The number one reason so many screenwriters fail to move forward is that all important first credit. So why not produce your own script yourself? Watch This Session…
Meet the micro budget filmmakers. They have a problem. They need GREAT scripts. You may get no money but you will get produced. Join the revolution!
While the foundation of any story is good drama, there is nothing worse than badly researched dialogue and action, especially in crime and medical drama. Meet the people whose lives inspired Prime Suspect and Casualty. Watch This Session…
It looks like a script, but is it a film? Writing Visually to excite Producers, Directors & Audiences
You may have the world’s most engaging or moving story, but of course the way you tell it is crucial to its success.
When you’re offered the possibility of adapting the creative work of another writer, what do you do? How do you go about it? Where and how do you begin? Join Ted Tally and Daniel Martin Eckhart in this session about craft and collaboration in adaptations. Watch This Session…
Following their packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Chris Jones and Jonathan Newman are back to run this highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.
Halfway between pure acting improvisation and structured screenwriting, this method can produce spontaneity and authenticity a writer would never find alone with their laptop.
We all know we don’t get up and stretch enough. And boy do we have our excuses! But deep down we know we should do it. So what better place to make a commitment to a simple low impact change? One that could significantly improve your life?
One primary reason writers and producers return to the LSF year on year is for the exceptional networking. It’s also the thing so many of us fear the most. Get a shot in the arm on this short Thursday night session before the LSF and ‘own that room’!
Claudia Myers leads this informative and practical session focused on the craft of creating great dialogue. Watch This Session…
Writers are often asked: What is your film about? A valid question, but hard to answer when you’re still undergoing development. Get answers to this question so you can both better pitch AND write.
Is your script a great read? Is your story on the page? It all comes down to the writing.
So you have been at the festival for a whole day now, and you are about to enter the sweet spot, day two… Get ready to fully ignite and get the very most from the LSF opportunities in the Hour Of Power!
Get inspired to write a horror, or a romantic comedy, or revitalise an existing project with new and original approaches.
Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!
How can we reinvigorate the industry by writing stories that are fresh and original while also playing to the strengths of the commercial marketplace? Watch This Session…
What we do as screenwriters can often inspire hearts and minds, even change the world. If ever there was a reason to write, this is it. Watch This Session…
There are so many sessions and activities on offer, LSF is a bit like a ‘choose your own adventure’ story.
Diana Purves, Screenwriter
Great British PitchFest
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!
LSF was just Brilliant. I've already had a follow-up email from one of the executives I pitched to...
KT Parker, Screenwriter
Screenwriting for Film and Television
Follow us down the ‘Utopia’ rabbit hole and discover how one of Britain’s most ferociously original TV shows got commissioned and produced.
Industry heavyweight Kate Leys tells you everything she knows that you should know too. Unmissable!
What makes cultural revolution and class wars such fertile ground for entertaining film and television? And why do mass audiences flock or tune into these films and shows? Watch This Session…
In the cut and thrust world of popular television drama series production, can Creativity work hand in hand with Commericalism or does one over ride the other?
Charlie Brooker is one of the most diverse screenwriters working in the UK, and it seems EVERYONE loves his unique voice that cuts through, whether it’s the darkly surreal Black Mirror, gag led Touch Of Cloth or the caustic satire of his Screen Wipe. Watch This Session…
Drawing inspiration from the great story tellers of the world, Producer and Director of the world famous NFTS, Nik Powell examines storytelling from the point of view of the producer not as is usual from the point of view of the writer or director.
Join screenwriter Tony Grisoni as he shares his inspirational and instructional journey creating and writing his hit drama ‘Southcliffe’ for Channel 4. This session will offer insight into how you can follow his pathway to success writing TV drama. Watch This Session…
When we think of ScFi we often think of movies, but TV has always been the most fertile ground for innovative fantastical storytelling. Join our panel as we discuss how best to get your work produced. Watch This Session…
You provide an experience that is way beyond the cost of that ticket. I don’t know how on earth you do it but THANK YOU.
Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter
Nicholson has an impressive body of work, Gladiator, Nell, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and of course his hit play (which he adapted for the screen) Shadowlands. Watch This Session…
Comedy writers MUST attend this hilarious but informative session with Dave, who has been a staff writer for Conan O’Brien and Pixar and is now writing for Adam Sandler and Steve Carell. Watch This Session…
Joel has directed many movies that we would consider Hollywood classics and in this session we get to explore his varied career through the words of the screenplays he sometimes wrote, sometimes didn’t, but always directed with his trademark flare.
In this hyper inspiring and unmissable session Tony talks candidly with fellow writer Barbara Machin, about the high and lows and the realties of the day to day process. Watch This Session…
On so many levels, the work of Lynda La Plante CBE is breakthrough and iconic. Come and listen to her, in conversation with BAFTA winning crime drama writer and showrunner Barbara Machin. This promises to kick off LSF in extraordinary fashion. Watch This Session…
Loved every minute! Made some great new friends and loads of contacts. Just bought my ticket for next year! :)
Joanna Gordon, Screenwirter
Have you considered?
Not many people know this but the games industry dwarfs the film industry. For the fifth year in a row we are running a Games session, reflecting the speed of evolution and thrilling opportunities writing games can offer for scribes. Watch This Session…
In the UK we are blessed with BBC Radio 4, fertile ground for drama and especially comedy writing talent to get that vital first break. And the list of Radio 4 alum in extraordinary. Join us to find out just how to get your break. Watch This Session…
What exactly is a sitcom? It’s a very distinctive genre and a surprising number of writers don’t fully understand how it works. Here’s a chance to learn from the experts. Watch This Session…
Many screenwriters have made the successful leap from screen to stage, where the success model is more immediate than film and TV, both in production speed and financial returns. Watch This Session…
Writing for young audiences rarely seems to be an entry point for new writers, yet it is demonstrably a huge market that is in many ways starved for great stories. Should you consider writing for young people? Watch This Session…
At the end of every LSF for the last 4 years I’ve thought, ‘How are they going to make next year better?’ And every year they manage it!
Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter
Screenwriters Talent Fast-track
We all have concerns about our screenplays and career, but often can’t afford a specialist lawyer. At the festival you can get that face time you need, with a media lawyer.
Following the extraordinary success of the London Screenwriters’ Festivals first feature film, 50 Kisses, we are doing it again… And we want YOU to write it.
A panel of leading film industry professionals provide confidential one-on-one advice to move your project onto the next stage.
The festival awoke a passion and creativity in me that had begun to fade in the struggle of this industry. I am forever changed as a writer, and as a person.
Jennifer Egbon, Writer
Beyond the workshop
Get one on one tuition and coaching from our experts in these intensive three hour sessions. Only six writers are selected for each lab.
Get yourself listed in the Talent Directory that is shared with other delegates and execs attending the festival.
Have scenes from your script read, performed and workshopped by professional actors and directors.
Get intimate face-to-face time in our hugely popular Script Chat roundtable sessions. Ask our speakers the questions you want answered.
Read the script, watch the film or TV show, then meet the writers, filmmakers and producers at the festival.
Do you need an expert to offer concise, practical and immediately useful feedback on your screenplay or treatment? Get one-on-one feedback on your script with Euroscript.
All year I mostly get to be someone's mother, someone's partner, someone's friend. At LSF, for three whole days, I get to be me
Rachel McAdam, Writer
Do you love television? Do you have the next returning hit TV drama series in your portfolio? Then we want to hear from you.
Script Lab 2 to be confirmed.
Script Lab 3 to be confirmed.
Script Lab 4 to be confirmed.
Script Lab 5: Creating Fantastical TV with 'Buffy', 'Battlestar Galactica' and ‘The X-Files' Exec Steve La Rue
Former VP of Creative Affairs at Paramount, Steve developed a string of iconic TV shows, working daily with writers such as Joss Whedon, Chris Carter and Mike Scully. Seriously!
Ged Parsons is an award-winning comedy writer. Currently working on Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week, Ged has also written for comedy legends John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Smith & Jones.
Getting your work commissioned, produced and broadcast for the 0-6 year old’s market with Mellie Buse.
Totally immersive writing experience to re-invigorate your writing. So many opportunities.
Danielle Wager, writer, filmmaker
Open and 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!
A fantastically friendly, supportive and inspiring environment for writers.
Jonathan Young, Screenwriter
Join Christopher Vogler at the Bookstore where he will be signing copies of his book The Writer’s Journey.
Join Jen Grisanti in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path to Success.
Join John Yorke at the Bookstore in the Refectory where he will be signing copies of his book Into The Woods.
Join John Yorke in the Final Draft Marquee where he will be signing copies of his book Into The Woods.
Join Karl Iglesias in the Marquee where he will be signing copies of his book Writing for Emotional Impact.
Join Karol Griffiths in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book The Art of Script Editing.
Join Linda Aronson at the Bookstore in the Refectory where she will be signing copies of her book 21st Century Screenplay.
Join Linda Aronson in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book The 21st Century Screenplay.
Join Pilar at the bookstore where she will be signing copies of the new and updated 2nd Edition of her book The Coffee Break Screenwriter.
Join Pilar in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of the new and updated 2nd Edition of her book The Coffee Break Screenwriter.
Join Yvonne Grace in the Marquee where she will be signing copies of her book Writing for Television.
Every year I go to LSWF and it gets better and better and I come back to my writing desk excited and inspired by the learnings.
Nick von Schlippe, Writer, Director and Actor
Griff Rhys Jones, Owen Teale (Game Of Thrones) and friends take time away from their Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia weekend to join us for some informal readings celebrating the great poet and his works.
Don’t be shy – grab a beer and break out those business cards!
Join us for a drink on Thursday night as we open the London Screenwriters’ Festival
Unofficial Post Festival Drinks At The Globe Pub on Baker Street
Hearing what was in my head come alive in front of me left me inspired.
Edwina Tyrrell, Screenwriter
To be revealed before LSF'18
If I hadn't come to the festival I wouldn't have improved as a writer, got an agent, and now I have a meeting at Hollyoaks about writing the show!