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.

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

  • The Advanced Mentoring Labs Applications Open 27th July
  • The Advanced Mentoring Labs Applications Close 9th August

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.

An outstanding and extremely well-run lab. My writing has benefited enormously from it. Can't thank you guys enough."

Eben Skilleter, Screenwriter

Eben Skilleter, Screenwriter

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

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • All applicants must have bought a ticket to London Screenwriters Festival as this is a DELEGATES-ONLY event. Submit your ticket number with your application.
  • You must fit the criteria for each lab.
  • The labs are for DEVELOPED work only.

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

FAQs

Do I need a script?
Depends on the script lab. Check out each individual page for their requirements. Send ONLY what is asked for, please.

Do I need an agent?
Nope. Please apply, whoever you are!

Do I need an LSF ticket to access this opportunity?
Yes, please ensure you include your ticket number in the body of your email.

How do I submit?
Submissions open 27th July, and we will mail you details then. You will need to have purchased your LSF pass before you can apply.

Do I need to have had my work read by agents and producers etc to access this opportunity?
Nope. All you need is that ticket number and the submissions package the Script Lab asks for. But if you have had stuff read, then all the better!

GOOD LUCK!

Script Labs

Script Lab 1: Writing International Crime and Action Drama for Longform TV with Michal Aviram

Script Lab 1: Writing International Crime and Action Drama for Longform TV with Michal Aviram

In this three-hour lab with Michal Aviram you will learn how to conceive, pitch, write and deliver crime drama and thriller that is, crucially, not American to the powerhouse streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Script Lab 2: Writing Children's TV with Catherine Williams

Script Lab 2: Writing Children's TV with Catherine Williams

In this three-hour lab with Catherine, you will get to grips with the commissioning process, delivery expectations and the overall business of the children’s TV market.

Script Lab 3: Writing For Soaps and Serial TV with Phil and Lisa

Script Lab 3: Writing For Soaps and Serial TV with Phil and Lisa

The smart writers know that the best way to learn to write under pressure, hone craft, create contacts and earn both credits and money is through the soaps and serial TV.

Script Lab 4: Character Intensive with Scott Myers

Script Lab 4: Character Intensive with Scott Myers

Enrich and focus your story by immersing yourself in the lives of your characters in this three-hour lab for TV and film screenwriters.

Script Lab 5: Writing for Independent Cinema with Clive Frayne

Script Lab 5: Writing for Independent Cinema with Clive Frayne

How do you write a script that will be attractive to UK and international producers working in the £250K to £900K range? How do you make it cinematically rich and rewarding with a powerful story AND the ability to be shot cheaply and quickly?