Sessions LondonSWF365 Online

We are excited to announce the LondonSWF 365 Online Festival line-up for May 2020.

Starting May 8th there will be online events EVERY day for four weeks.

We have designed sessions to inspire you, offer craft insight, create social connection and keep us all elevated in this difficult time.

Sessions will be live and also available later on-demand.  Beyond the four week festival we are planning on running two sessions a week online (including the very best from past festivals) until the next LondonSWF in the real world. This is LondonSWF 365. For updates about the festival, sign up below.

Absolute value for money. My advice would be to new attendees: take a look at the schedule and all the speakers in advance and do a bit of research."

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Sarah Turner, Screenwriter

Year Round Festival Online

July 27th 8pm... Zoom! Session TBC

July 27th 8pm... Zoom! Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

July 16th 8pm... Creating Compelling Characters with Claudia Myers

July 16th 8pm... Creating Compelling Characters with Claudia Myers

Claudia Myers leads this cracking session about creating complex and compelling characters that hook us into a story and refuse to let us go.

July 13th 8pm... Echoes in eternity: In conversation with William Nicholson

July 13th 8pm... Echoes in eternity: In conversation with William Nicholson

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.

August 27th 6pm... Embrace Your Weird with Felicia Day

August 27th 6pm... Embrace Your Weird with Felicia Day

Join Felicia Day as she talks creating an award-winning webseries, embracing new media, being a fan favourite, and overcoming Writer’s block!

July 9th 8pm... Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

July 9th 8pm... Writing With Purpose: How YOUR Work Can Change the World

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…

August 10th 8pm... 'Silence Of The Lambs' Script-To-Screen with Ted Tally

August 10th 8pm... 'Silence Of The Lambs' Script-To-Screen with Ted Tally

Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script-To-Screen with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre-inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

August 17th 8pm... Finding Your Voice with Jen Grisanti

August 17th 8pm... Finding Your Voice with Jen Grisanti

Learn how to add fiction to your truth in the key parts of your story. You will learn how to identify your own life themes and in doing so, you will find out what it is you want to say to the world in the stories that you tell.

August 20th 8pm... Crafting the Perfect Character: The Heart of Your Story - with Jon Gilbert

August 20th 8pm... Crafting the Perfect Character: The Heart of Your Story - with Jon Gilbert

Your characters need to connect with your audience. They drive the story through their choices. They must simultaneously be multi-layered and clearly-defined, nuanced and precise, complicated and accessible. And they must attract actors and directors.   

August 27th 8pm... How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

August 27th 8pm... How Your Worst Writing Can Be Your BEST Work

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.

August 31st 8pm... The End: Inevitable but Unexpected... with Nic Ransome

August 31st 8pm... The End: Inevitable but Unexpected... with Nic Ransome

Using ideas from analytical psychology, myth and anthropology – and with examples from feature films, single episodes, season stories and multi-season arcs – we will show you how to get to grips with the most important final moments of your story.

August 6th 8pm... The Girl With All The Gifts: Urban Modern Horror Deconstruction

August 6th 8pm... The Girl With All The Gifts: Urban Modern Horror Deconstruction

From book, to script to screen, join us to experience the journey this extraordinary modern horror story undertook to become one of the most loving yet ferocious takes on the zombie genre.

July 20th 8pm... Writing Smash Hit Movies That Connect, with Nick Hornby

July 20th 8pm... Writing Smash Hit Movies That Connect, with Nick Hornby

Please join us in welcoming one of the most successful British writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

July 23rd 8pm... 'Withnail and I' script to screen with Bruce Robinson

July 23rd 8pm... 'Withnail and I' script to screen with Bruce Robinson

“We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them here and we want them now!” Bruce Robinson and ‘Withnail and I’ script to screen.

July 30th 8pm... Writing For The Right Young Audience; how to hit your mark every time!

July 30th 8pm... Writing For The Right Young Audience; how to hit your mark every time!

Do you want to write for children, but worry about hitting the right tone? Worry no more!  This panel of outstanding screenwriters will give you all the advice you could ask for to make sure your script is aimed at the right young audience.

October 5th 8pm... Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

October 5th 8pm... Psyche Up!: Using psychological techniques to write compelling characters

Learn how to use powerful and psychologically-valid techniques to develop memorable and engaging characters in this session delivered by Kira-Anne Pelican.

September 10th 8pm... Die Hard Script-to-Screen with Jeb Stuart

September 10th 8pm... Die Hard Script-to-Screen with Jeb Stuart

Join us online… “We’ll get together, have a few laughs”… and watch the 1998 smash hit, whilst screenwriter Jeb Stuart talks us through the development and production of this Bruce Willis classic.

September 17th 8pm... Doing Crime: In Conversation with Jed Mercurio

September 17th 8pm... Doing Crime: In Conversation with Jed Mercurio

Join the King of Crime Writing Jed Mercurio, for a session with one of the industry’s most successful writers talking about one of the industry’s most beloved crime dramas.

September 21st 8pm... Somewhere in time: Writing Period Drama with Michael Hirst

September 21st 8pm... Somewhere in time: Writing Period Drama with Michael Hirst

Whether you write for cinema or television, this session will help you drive your career into the future, even as you find your inspiration in the past.

September 28th 8pm... What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story with Jen Grisanti

September 28th 8pm... What Makes the Audience Return To A Series? Mastering the Internal Story with Jen Grisanti

When we feel your story, it makes us want to come back. In this class, learn the techniques that will make them want more. When you do this well, you create longevity for your series.

September 7th 8pm... What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

September 7th 8pm... What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

This session will take an in-depth look at what a Script Editor’s day-to-day looks like as they shepherd a project to the finish line. How do they juggle their many different responsibilities? And how can you get the best working relationship with your script editor?

I recommend LSF, not just to writers but to all storytellers – the actors, directors and producers – because something quite magical happens when we mix."

Marcus Markou, Writer, Director

Marcus Markou, Writer, Director

Friday 2nd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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It was my first LSF and it was worth every penny – so much so that when I got home last night I booked my ticket for next year!"

Janet Awe, Screenwriter

Janet Awe, Screenwriter

Saturday 3rd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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I was able to progress the sale of my screenplay, get some legal advice and network with many fantastic writers."

Jeffrey Crispin, Screenwriter

Jeffrey Crispin, Screenwriter

Sunday 4th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

After the Festival, I feel like everyone and everything in the industry are right at my fingertips."

Angelica Litsiou, Videographer, Video Editor

Angelica Litsiou, Videographer, Video Editor

Monday 5th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

LSF is now as crucial to the future of the British film industry as the BFI, and due to its global appeal, LSF is making waves around the world."

Tom Kerevan, Writer, Producer

Tom Kerevan, Writer, Producer

Tuesday 6th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The Festival has created a grounded, rounded, richly valuable experience for writers like myself."

Lee Stone, Writer

Lee Stone, Writer

Wednesday 7th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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I have learnt so much that I can implement in my own writing. I came away inspired, motivated and loving life!"

Caroline Towers, Screenwriter

Caroline Towers, Screenwriter

Thursday 8th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

It was was huge! A brilliant event. Fun and inspiring – if only the whole world could experience something like this! Thanks everyone for making this awesome."

Richard Osborne, Screenwriter

Richard Osborne, Screenwriter

Friday 9th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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I'm totally buzzing with new energy and excitement about the industry, feeling like I have many more options open to me, which is way more than I could have hoped for."

Kathryn Sillince, Screenwriter

Kathryn Sillince, Screenwriter

Saturday 10th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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There is a generosity of spirit that pervades every aspect of the festival, creating a sense of the possible. I became a screenwriter this weekend."

Colleen Burn, Writer

Colleen Burn, Writer

Sunday 11th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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Stop thinking, just buy your ticket. Now! Seriously, you will not regret it.

Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter

Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter

Monday 12th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

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The Festival was full of clear, sensible and realistic advice – none of that wishy-washy stuff here!"

Grace Dixon

Grace Dixon

Tuesday 13th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Every single person comes away from LSF buzzing – it's just bloody phenomenal and I've already booked a ticket for the next one!"

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Wednesday 14th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Being able to watch the full range of recorded sessions in the future on the Delegates Network is invaluable."

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Gordon Slack, Screenwriter

Thursday 15th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Attending LondonSWF was one of the biggest favours I’ve ever done for myself."

Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter

Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter

Friday 16th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The festival is a kick up the ass to be more productive, to keep writing when life gets in the way // 5 Stars"

Colm Ryan, Screenwriter

Colm Ryan, Screenwriter

Saturday 17th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I met producers who hired me to script-edit a film with the producers from Star Wars, Blade Runner and Alien. An amazing experience that I would never have had without the LSF."

Gareth Meredith, Screenwriter

Gareth Meredith, Screenwriter

Sunday 18th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Where else can you queue up for lunch with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish stood next to you?"

Andy Wright, Screenwriter

Andy Wright, Screenwriter

Monday 19th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I got so much out of it. I’m still buzzing. I’ve already signed up for next year!"

Liz Slade, Screenwriter

Liz Slade, Screenwriter

Tuesday 20th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

If you want to spend 362 days a year sitting alone at a desk writing, you need to spend the other three days at this festival."

Luke Graves, Screenwriter

Luke Graves, Screenwriter

Wednesday 21st October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Such a brilliant weekend at London Screenwriters Festival. Such an impressive and inspiring event."

Rob Craine, Screenwriter

Rob Craine, Screenwriter

Thursday 22nd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The Festival exceeded all expectations. Brilliant sessions with brilliant people, both speakers and delegates, who understood where you were coming from."

Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter

Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter

Friday 23rd October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Forty-five seconds in an elevator pitching to Joel Schumacher was a dream come true."

Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter

Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter

Saturday 24th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

If you don't come away from this feeling inspired and motivated then you'd better check whether you actually have a pulse in the first place!"

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Sunday 25th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The Actors' Table Read got me the breakthrough I needed for my script."  

Eivor Bekkhus, Screenwriter

Eivor Bekkhus, Screenwriter

Monday 26th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I then sat at a small table with Stephen fricking Frears and chatted with him. I chatted with Stephen Frears!"

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter

Tuesday 27th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

Professionally, the most fun and most productive three days I’ve ever spent. EVER."

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter

Wednesday 28th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

To get so many high-powered and practical people to the festival is a terrific achievement. I've benefited, and it's more than worth the cost."

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Ed Griffiths, Screenwriter

Thursday 29th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I learned so much, had my mind blown, my reality checked and my inspiration sent sky-high."

Will Stubbs, Screenwriter

Will Stubbs, Screenwriter

Friday 30th October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

The quality of the speakers. The PitchFest was AMAZING! Delegates. Networking! This is the future of the British film industry."

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter

Saturday 31st October

8:00pm Session TBC

8:00pm Session TBC

Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

9:00pm Script Chat TBC

Log on to Zoom and chat with our amazing speakers!

I’m currently rewriting a few scenes of my script in order to avoid possible legal issues flagged up in the Legal Clinic."

Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter

Bruno Catarino, Screenwriter

Session Moved To The Next London 'Real World' Festival (not online)

LIVE: TV Show in Development

LIVE: TV Show in Development

Take a unique peek into the development process of a real television show AS IT IS HAPPENING, with co-writers Michal Aviram and Romi Aboulafia who are currently working on their new female detective thriller, The Public.

The Trap: Lena Headey's Directorial Debut

The Trap: Lena Headey's Directorial Debut

Actress and international superstar Lena Headey debuts as writer/director with a screening of her BAFTA-nominated short film, The Trap, followed by an interview about her experiences of bringing it into reality… And, of course, there may be mention of her little known role as Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones.

My mentor, Karol, has been phenomenal!"

Amy Amani, Screenwriter

Amy Amani, Screenwriter