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The London Screenwriters’ Festival is an annual writers’ and filmmakers’ festival, focusing on the creation and development of material for film and TV. Held over three days at the end of
October, the festival offers a rich mix of events, seminars, lectures and workshops for 500 delegates.
With over 100 guest speakers representing the entire strata of film and TV, the festival delivers a dynamic experience that will improve the work of all writers in attendance as well as develop a stronger and more sustainable industry for the future.
The venue is the grand and historic Regents College at the heart of Regents Park.
The London Screenwriters Festival…
Five hundred delegates...
One hundred speakers...
Above all, the London Screenwriters Festival is a celebration of the extraordinary art and craft of screenwriting.
'I met writers, producers, editors,
agents, directors, actors, script editors, and more... I expanded my network in meaningful ways. I got insights, inspiration and interest: Now that's pretty cool. I found help, understanding and
ways ahead. All adds up to a weekend well spent. Priceless really'
Simon Caira - Director
'A three day orgy of screenwriting can't be
a bad thing. Writing can be a lonely business and a festival like this is a fantastic way to get you out and talking to real people again. This festival is great value for money - a great way to
get out of your comfort zone, meet like minded people and discuss the craft we love. You can get practical advice on everything from managing your finances to handling rejection. You can attend
small seminars and get the nitty gritty details or indulge in a bit of fan worship, too. Maybe you'll get inspired and get answers to burning questions or maybe help someone out of a creative
rut. For an emerging writer like me it was a great way to increase career prospects by just meeting the people who can help, face to face and having a chat...you really don't know who you might
meet over a cup of tea and a cake. Make some new friends - just don't forget your business cards'
ALEX REYNOLDS - Writer
'I thought the LSWF was
tremendous, not only did we get to listen and interact with great speakers, the sessions were genuinely informative, educational, entertaining and helpful. I also got to meet fantastic talented
people. Where in the 'real' world could you just sit down with a stranger at a table and immediately have something in common? I not only made some brilliant contacts, hopefully I've made a few
PETER SPENCER - Screenwriter
'I genuinely found LSF 2010 to be of great value in improving my knowledge of both the technical aspects of screenwriting as well as the requirements of the surrounding industry. It was packed full of quality sessions covering the whole spectrum from formal lectures through to discussion groups and ultimately speed pitching. The many opportunities to learn when surrounded by so many talented, creative and energised people, both professional and amateur, should not be missed. I thoroughly recommend it'
GORDON SLACK - Screenwriter
'The opportunity to speed pitch was priceless and a brilliant experience that I will never forget. I networked with scores of people with whom I will definitely keep in touch and through whom I have joined local screenwriter groups and signed up for courses and training. Immersing yourself in this world for three days was like heaven and I couldn't recommend it highly enough to people who love screenwriting'
SARA WILCOX - Screenwriter, London
'You know things are going well when on by the second day of the festival it takes
you 30 minutes to get from one side of the bar to the other - not because it's people you know but because people you don't are asking how your day has gone and what you've seen. It's great that
the delegates feel comfortable enough to put themselves out there'
STEVE WILSON, Screenwriter and film maker
'At cheltenham there was a distinction between the speakers and the delegates. But here (LSF) it feels more intimate and accessible - it feels like the speakers are really available to help you. There's a feeling that we're all in this together'
JAMES DE MARCO, Writer
‘I can't even describe how much I got out of
the festival - it was a great learning experience in terms of my writing and I had the great fortune to meet such wonderful individuals who I already know I'll be friends with for a very long
time. Everyone I've spoken to post-Festival has said the same thing. You all did a terrific job and I am so very excited for LSWF 2011!’
ALLI PARKER – Writer, London
‘As a writer based in Yorkshire, I found the festival to be of huge use. It made me realise that I am not alone, no matter how I might feel on a day to day basis! Networking was great, meeting other writers was great, hearing the opinions and advice of industry pro's was great too! But, most of all, I walked away with a few new friends and the feeling that I am on the right track and not wasting my time... I'll definitely see you there in 2011’
CHRIS MARSHALL – Writer, Yorkshire
‘The LSWF was invaluable - indeed, life changing... I learned so much; met so many interesting, helpful, talented people (whether fellow writers or other filmmakers); and came away from it bursting with inspiration and enthusiasm (and knowledge!). I cannot recommend it highly enough’
ANDREA MANN – Writer
‘I just want to say that the festival really was amazing. I learned more in three days than in any of the months' long courses I've taken. How terrific to get to hear from people who are happily and successfully working in film, and how great to be at an event on screenwriting where just about everyone is welcoming and accessible. Thank you so much for organising an event with such great content and tone!’
LINDA MANNHEIM – Writer, London
'This was a life changing experience. I came down as an emerging writer who was still unsure whether my ideas were strong enough. However the speed pitching and Euroscript clinic gave such encouraging feedback that I realised they certainly were. As a result I feel I have taken a huge leap forward both in terms of writing and the tenacity required to make projects happen. Thank you very much for organising this event'
E J FISHER - Writer
'No matter how much you think you know, there's always more to learn and ways to up your game; the festival covers it all. You'll leave feeling invigorated and raring to go. It's essential that us writers get a good kick up the arse from time to time, and believe me, this festival wears one hell of a big boot'
MICHELLE GOODE - Screenwriter
'I sensed the beginnings of something extraordinary forming among us. There's a real tingle in the air about the coming months as we realised we were part of a big and bustling mass of screenwriters and that there is work available for the taking, if we take the right steps toward it.'
LEILANI HOLMES - co-founder, OTT FILMS
‘It’s been an excellent experience
for me – I feel inspired, encouraged, exhausted, educated, informed and I leave feeling that I can improve and achieve so much more’
TRISHA HOPKINS – Writer, Formby
‘I journeyed from Switzerland to be part of the LSF and it's definitely been worth it. The sheer raw energy bouncing from writer to writer and from room to room was something truly special. The conference was, in my opinion, as inspiring to fresh writers as it was to established ones’
DANIEL MARTIN ECKHART - Writer, Switzerland
'The LSF made me feel part of a large network of
like-minded people. It not only gave me a huge amount of valuable information, but more important, it gave me a sense that I was going in the right direction. Meeting the speakers and networking
with other writers has been an invaluable experience and I get the feeling that it's all just the start of something very exciting'
DON MCVEY, Writer, London
'I have attended the LA Screenwriters Expo, Cheltenham Screenwriting Festival and LSWF2010, and guess what? The LSWF is the best! The live teleconference with LA screenwriter John August catapulted the LSWF into the modern age'
JAMES DEMARCO, Writer
‘I was in heaven- surrounded by other writers, able to discuss writing all day for
three whole days, meeting producers and directors and getting a wealth of tips and information that it probably would have taken years to have gathered on my own’
JUDY COOPER - Writer
‘My brain has never been so well fed and I have come away from it full of enthusiasm, determination and a definite surge in self-belief’
EMMA CURTIS - Writer
‘There was a great atmosphere, a long list of incredible speakers, and everyone was so friendly and happy to help, not to be missed!’
VANESSA MAYFIELD - Actor
‘As a producer and financier on the look-out for new projects, I found it surpassed my expectations. I only wish I could've been there for the full three days and met more aspiring and experienced screenwriters’
ROBERT STEIN-ROSTAING - Producer
‘…my pitching improved exponentially…three days immersed in a sea of marvelously passionate people. It’s energizing’
LEE APSEY – Writer, Leeds
‘Meeting other writers and forming friendships and a support network is essential to mental survival’
MICKY McGUINESS – Writer, Brighton
‘I got something out of every session but by far my favorite sessions were the ones where I learnt something that improved my writing skills’
LORREN BONIFACE – Writer, Leicester
‘A great festival – learned and re-affirmed a lot…I’m sure 2011 will be amazing and I look forward to it already’
ADAM ETHERIDGE – Writer / Director, Bristol
‘I found the whole festival exciting, inspiring and fun…I came away feeling much more positive about my writing and with renewed inspiration and motivation’
KATY SEGROVE – Writer, London
‘It widened my perspective on how to actually make money from writing’
JANE FOSTER - Writer / Director / Producer, London
‘I’ve taken away so, so many useful hints and tips about how the industry works and how to present yourself properly. Inspired me to come back in 12 months time to make even better use of the opportunities available’
SCOTT MARTIN – TV Production / Aspiring Writer
‘I have a fuller understanding of my way forward. I know that I am not alone and one of many and also that I am in a better position to judge the quality and saleability of my screenplay’
DAVID WAUGH – Writer
‘Exciting atmosphere – you get as much out of this as you put in… the quality and intensity of the presentations / discussions has moved me on significantly’
GORDON SLACK – Writer, Salisbury
‘There are too many nuggets of advice, chance meetings and great opportunities to list. It has been very inspiring and helped me decide what not to do as much as what I want to do’
DARREN JONES – Writer, London
‘The festival gave me a chance to look at various screenwriting markets, get feedback on my ideas and make contacts’
CARLA GRAULS – Writer, London
‘Energising! I have a great sense of direction now, of being included, of real potential’
FELICITY McCALL – Writer, Northern Ireland
‘It was great having a ‘free’ chat with speakers after the sessions. I’ve learnt it’s all in my hands – not someone elses, I’m going to do more. You have given us all a fantastic festival’
JAN BROWN – Writer / Film Maker, Liverpool
‘Wonderful community feeling…made me aware that writing scripts is possible, no matter who you are or whatever your background’
ELIZABETH SWAN – Writer, Lancashire
‘Experienced some great sessions from well respected writers about how they got to where they are now. This will help me plan where I focus my efforts going forward and what I can expect to come up against along the way’
JONATHAN REES – Writer, London
‘Too many great events on at the same time! (A great problem to have…!)’
JONATHAN BART – Writer / Director, London
‘The festival was an excellent networking opportunity and actually helped me realise what the do’s and don’ts of screenwriting, pitching and networking are’
CHRISTINA GEORGIOU – Writer / Composer, Cyprus
‘I had the realisation that fear has held me back, fear of rejection, of failure, of not knowing anyone. I will be writing on Monday!’
STEVE BOOKBINDER – Writer / Director, London