LondonSWF Mini Film Festival... Watch, meet and celebrate

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Sunday 10:30am

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with Kat Wood, Vanessa Bailey, Tom Kerevan, Jess O'Brien, and Phil Peel
moderated by Jonathan Newman

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Meet the LondonSWF screenwriters who have taken action in their career and acted as producers or actors or directors on their own scripts. At the heart of everything we do at the festival is the philosophy of taking control of ones destiny and causing success to happen proactively.

In this session we will meet the screenwriters, discuss their journey, their successes and failures, and their strategies… all in such a way as to help you follow in their footsteps. We will also watch their short films too, helping to make the whole journey more real and tangible for us all.

We will discuss:

  • Why it’s better to act now than wait for permission or recognition for others
  • How to get your script and film funded
  • How to attract cast and crew
  • Pitfalls and problems and avoiding them
  • Getting it to festivals and in front of agents
  • Costs, schedules, resources, facts and figures
  • The hidden benefits no-one ever tells you about making your film

Get produced by learning how these screenwriters did it, and perhaps more importantly, experience the sheer joy of watching your words become a reality onscreen without waiting forever for someone else to make it happen for you.

Appearing in this session

Jess O

Jess O'Brien – Screenwriter, Actor & Director

Credits include: Girl A, Dolls

Jess was named Into Film’s ‘One to Watch’ 2016 and won the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire’s Young Artist and Young Person of the Year 2016.
Jess O
Kat Wood

Kat Wood – Screenwriter & Director

Credits include: Home, Arthur & Merlin

Kat’s directorial debut, the short film 'Home' starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, makes her the first ever UK winner of the Jameson First Shot Competition.
Kat Wood
Phil Peel

Phil Peel – Screenwriter, Director & Producer

Credits include: Love, Last Request

Phil has produced, directed or shot over 50 shorts and his films have screened at festivals worldwide.
Phil Peel
Tom Kerevan

Tom Kerevan – Screenwriter - Producer/Founder of Cannibal Films

Credits include: Tear Me Apart

Tom's feature debut 'Tear Me Apart' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he is currently working on his second feature ‘Gun’.
Tom Kerevan
Vanessa Bailey

Vanessa Bailey – Actress

Credits include: Eastenders, Southcliffe, Seeing Him

Vanessa is a professional actress who wrote, produced and starred in her debut short film 'Seeing Him'.
Vanessa Bailey
Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman – Writer & Director

Credits include: Swinging With The Finkels, Foster, Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box

Jonathan most recently directed the $25m movie Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
Jonathan Newman

Screenwriting Practical help

2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

You plowed through act one, wrote some entertaining fun and games and then … you got stuck.  Don’t worry.  “Act 2B” is conquerable! You’ll leave this class with your story strengthened and some of your most pressing writing problems solved.

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

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.

Brainstorming Through The Block

Brainstorming Through The Block

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.

Coen Brothers: Unlocking the Mystery of These Master Storytellers

Coen Brothers: Unlocking the Mystery of These Master Storytellers

Scott Myers digs deep into the Coen brothers movies revealing narrative dynamics you can use to craft the unique nature of your own stories. Learn from the masters in this unmissable session.

Deep Characterisation

Deep Characterisation

Kira-Anne Pelican returns to the LSF with this essential session guaranteed to bring fresh insights into your character creation, shaping, complexities and nuances.  

Dynamic Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue

Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood Script Consultant, is here to help you spice up your scripts with memorable, engaging and dynamic dialogue.

Final Draft: Beyond Tab and Enter

Final Draft: Beyond Tab and Enter

Final Draft tips and tricks + special guest Christopher Vogler

Finding YOUR Path to a Screenwriting Career with Hayley McKenzie

Finding YOUR Path to a Screenwriting Career with Hayley McKenzie

Discover the myriad paths writers are using today to get their work noticed and break in. And learn the practical steps you can take right now to help you get from hobbyist to professional screenwriter.

Gatekeepers: Building relationships with key influencers

Gatekeepers: Building relationships with key influencers

Script Readers, Assistants, and Interns have their own career objectives: to become the big players of tomorrow. Learning to connect to them is an integral part of a long-term career strategy. And you can kick it off with this eye-opening session.

Get Under The Skin Of Twisted50 from Create50

Get Under The Skin Of Twisted50 from Create50

Over the last few years, LondonSWF has been running a writing initiative around short horror stories. We reveal what we learned and how all writers can position themselves better for success.

Hollywood For Beginners

Hollywood For Beginners

Your script is polished and brilliant. Your emails are getting returned. You have, as they say, buzz. But what you don’t have yet is the lay of the land. Get the rough guide to Hollywood and make that first trip to LA fully prepared.

How I Got My Agent

How I Got My Agent

True stories that will inspire and terrify but most of all, offer insight, into how writers got their agent.

How to Find the Right Producer for Your Film

How to Find the Right Producer for Your Film

Farah Abushwesha founder of BAFTA Rocliffe presents this essential session with tips and strategies for finding the right producer for you and your project.  

How to write familiar yet fresh and compelling characters

How to write familiar yet fresh and compelling characters

In this dynamic workshop, Christopher Vogler will show you how and why you should build your modern, dynamic and fresh characters from the DNA of the ancient mythological and archetypes from the Heros Journey.

Just Kidding: Writing Cracking Comedy Features and TV

Just Kidding: Writing Cracking Comedy Features and TV

From designing a classical misunderstanding to shaping the structure of scenes, sequences and even the whole screenplay, this session should help raise your comedy writing skills to the next level.

Killer Scene Descriptions: Using Screenplay Style to Express YOUR Writer’s Voice

Killer Scene Descriptions: Using Screenplay Style to Express YOUR Writer’s Voice

Scott Myers debunks the mythical screenwriting ‘rules’ surrounding scene descriptions and demonstrates the ways in which successful professional writers convey their voice through screenplay style.

Manifesting Success

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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.

Meet the Producers: Impressing the Power Players

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Find out what’s going to get you hired and what’s going to get you fired by the Producers you need to impress. In this session, our panel of seasoned Producers will share their stories from the trenches of writer relationships gone very very right… and very very wrong.

My Big Break

My Big Break

What can we learn from the most recently successful writers among us? Those of us who were, maybe just a year or two ago, fighting like the rest of us for the big break, to make ends meet and to start to make money from what we love.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

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Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

Raising Your Profile: Mastering Social Media Like The Pros

Raising Your Profile: Mastering Social Media Like The Pros

Can social media really help you or your production succeed? Or is it just a place for bitter comments and distraction? Don’t feel like a twit when it comes to Twitter, come to Jo’s talk and discover the bitter-sweet partner you can have in social media.

The 7 Keys to Working with a Script Editor

The 7 Keys to Working with a Script Editor

More details coming soon…

The Truth About A Writer's Career

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What does an actual writers’ career look like, and what sort of money might you earn at what stage of your career?

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

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Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!  

Write, Camera, Action! Get Your Short Made Immediately

Write, Camera, Action! Get Your Short Made Immediately

Are you up for the challenge? Are you ready to take control of your own career? In this hands-on practical session we will take one lucky delegate from the blank page to completed short before the conclusion of the LSF17.

Writing strong, relatable and authentic LGBT stories and characters

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In this necessary and insightful panel, writers who have made an impact writing authentic LGBT stories and characters will discuss how to write authentically to a largely mis (and under) represented audience.

Writing The Compelling Nemesis That Elevates Your Plot, Characters and Stakes

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In this presentation with Scott Myers, you will learn key principles to help you craft a Nemesis who goes beyond the stereotypical Bad Guy to a living, breathing, and powerful antagonist figure.

You Had Me At Page One

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Make the reader love you on the first page… So they cannot wait for the next!  Learn writing techniques that help your script hit the ground running with top LA Script Consultant Pilar Alessandra.