Advanced Mentoring at the Script Labs

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Just You, Your Idea, a Handful of Talented Writers and an Industry Mentor!

The London Screenwriters’ Festival Advanced Mentor Programme.

  • The Advanced Mentoring Labs Applications Open 26th July
  • The Advanced Mentoring Labs Applications Close 12th August
Covid-19 Update: The labs are running online this year for safety. We have added 50% more labs to the schedule too.

Objective: To assist writers who have a fully developed screenplay in a specific genre, move their work to the next level.

Fancy getting a project of yours under the nose of an expert who knows all about your market, format or genre? Someone who can take you from good to great, who can help you make that final push in making your project a reality? Then come to the LSF and apply for the Advanced Mentor Programme.

joe-eszterhas-lab1In the past we have run programmes with Joe Eszterhas (BASIC INSTINCT), Nicole Perlman (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), David Reynolds (FINDING NEMO), Dan Mazer (BORAT), Gub Neal (PRIME SUSPECT), script guru Linda Aronson, Hollywood exec Luke Ryan (CABIN IN THE WOODS), BBC Comedy Commissioner Gregor Sharp and many more.

These script labs are for what we call ‘focused writers’ – those brave souls who’ve been soldiering on for a while with a particular project, but perhaps have not received the break they deserve with it yet. Our aim is to get our experts involved with these writers, to inspire and guide them and help provide the tools and impetus the writers need to see their projects in a new light, so they can get it out there all over again and stand their best chance of getting it some attention.

Joe Eszterhas is reading my script!"

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton

These labs will be intimate, inspiring sessions for just SIX writers each – so spaces are very limited.


  • All applicants must have bought a ticket to London Screenwriters Festival as this is a DELEGATES-ONLY event.
  • You must fit the criteria for each lab.
  • The labs are for DEVELOPED work only.
  • You can apply for a maximum of TWO labs, but may only participate in one, should your submission be in the top 6 for that lab.

2021 Script Labs Include…

    Script Lab 1: Making it in Hollywood with Joey Tuccio
    Tuesday, August 3rd, 8pm London-time
    In this lab, Joey will go over everything you need to know, from researching companies to how to reach out and navigate (literally and figuratively) Los Angeles, how to give the best meetings, and how to follow up. Read Joey’s bio.
    Script Lab 2: From Fade in to Fade Out: making a short film with Alexei Slater
    Tuesday, August 10th, 8pm London-time
    Alexei will advise you on making short films from concept to distribution and everything in-between. Read Alexei’s bio.
    Script Lab 3: Writing a Spec Script that will sell with Ian Shorr
    Tuesday, August 17th, 8pm London-time
    In this lab, Ian will advise you on writing a spec script that gets you attention, representation and hopefully all the way to production. After all Mark Wahlberg just did this with his last script. Read Ian’s bio.
    Script Lab 4: You’ve optioned your script – what now? with Neil Thompson
    Tuesday, August 24th, 7.30pm London-time
    So your script has been optioned. Congratulations. There is still a long way to go until you will get to see it up on the silver screen or your flat screen TV. Neil will advise you about the development process and how to survive it. Read Neil’s bio
    Script Lab 5: You’ve optioned your script – what now? with Thembisa Cochrane
    Tuesday, August 24th, 8.00pm London-time
    You often hear commissioned writers talk about “development hell”. This is because development work on screenplays for film can often take a few years to complete. In some cases, it might take a decade before they go into production.  But it doesn’t have to be hell. Thembisa will advise you about the development process and how to survive it. Read Thembisa’s bio.
    Script Lab 6: Writing for the Soaps with Lisa McMullin

    Tuesday, August 31st, 7.30pm London-time
    Smart writers know that one of the best way to learn to write under pressure, hone their craft, create contacts and earn both credits and money is by writing for continuing drama, affectionately known as the Soaps. Lisa will advise you about how to make a career out of writing for the Soaps. Read Lisa’s bio.
    Script Lab 7: Writing authentic female characters with Joanna Tilley
    Tuesday, September 7th, 7.30pm London-time
    In this lab, Joanna will advise you on how to avoid tropes and stereotypes and instead write authentic female characters that actors want to play… Read Joanna’s bio.
    Script Lab 8: Career Boot Camp with Lee Jessup
    Tuesday, August 31st, 8.00pm London-time DATE CHANGE
    In this lab, you will benefit from Lee’s 20 years’ worth of experience in prepping writers to put their best foot forward… Read Lee’s bio.
    Script Lab 9: Writing for Hollywood with Ned Dowd
    , September 14th, 8.00pm London-time
    Ned is a legend, starting his career alongside Paul Newman in Slapshot, before becoming a sought-after producer who has worked with the biggest names in Hollywood… Read Ned’s bio

To apply you must be a delegate and will have been emailed the links for submissions.

Feedback from Past Mentoring Labs

  • 429833972‘Joe Eszterhas is reading my script!’
    Dee Chilton, Screenwriter, @DeeChilton
  • 1040538283‘I’m still buzzing my socks off about the lab… what a tremendous experience!’
    Michelle Lindsay, Screenwriter
  • 1041856424‘An outstanding and extremely well-run Lab and my writing has benefited enormously from it. Can’t thank you guys enough.’
    Eben Skilleter, Screenwriter
  • 1037955794‘The Lab was brilliant, so useful and insightful’
    Aurora Fearnley, Screenwriter
  • 1041872693‘The Lab worked out far better than any of us hoped’
    Mike Waugh, Screenwriter
  • 1041832351‘It was the highlight of the festival for me, so glad to have been a part of it.’
    Jasmer Towner, Screenwriter
  • 595314656‘I had a blast in that room!’
    Simon Underwood, Screenwriter