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
Year Round Festival Online
Another fantastic session to educate and inspire!
Claudia Myers leads this cracking session about creating complex and compelling characters that hook us into a story and refuse to let us go.
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.
Join Felicia Day as she talks creating an award-winning webseries, embracing new media, being a fan favourite, and overcoming Writer’s block!
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…
Join Ted Tally in this extraordinary Script-To-Screen with the Oscar winning and universally acclaimed genre-inventing hit ‘Silence Of The Lambs’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please join us in welcoming one of the most successful British writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“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.
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.
Learn how to use powerful and psychologically-valid techniques to develop memorable and engaging characters in this session delivered by Kira-Anne Pelican.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Friday 2nd October
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
Saturday 3rd October
I was able to progress the sale of my screenplay, get some legal advice and network with many fantastic writers."
Jeffrey Crispin, Screenwriter
Sunday 4th October
After the Festival, I feel like everyone and everything in the industry are right at my fingertips."
Angelica Litsiou, Videographer, Video Editor
Monday 5th October
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
Tuesday 6th October
The Festival has created a grounded, rounded, richly valuable experience for writers like myself."
Lee Stone, Writer
Wednesday 7th October
I have learnt so much that I can implement in my own writing. I came away inspired, motivated and loving life!"
Caroline Towers, Screenwriter
Thursday 8th October
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
Friday 9th October
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
Saturday 10th October
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
Sunday 11th October
Stop thinking, just buy your ticket. Now! Seriously, you will not regret it.
Andrew Fleming, Screenwriter
Monday 12th October
The Festival was full of clear, sensible and realistic advice – none of that wishy-washy stuff here!"
Tuesday 13th October
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
Wednesday 14th October
Being able to watch the full range of recorded sessions in the future on the Delegates Network is invaluable."
Gordon Slack, Screenwriter
Thursday 15th October
Attending LondonSWF was one of the biggest favours I’ve ever done for myself."
Zarina Maharaj, Screenwriter
Friday 16th October
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
Saturday 17th October
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
Sunday 18th October
Where else can you queue up for lunch with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish stood next to you?"
Andy Wright, Screenwriter
Monday 19th October
I got so much out of it. I’m still buzzing. I’ve already signed up for next year!"
Liz Slade, Screenwriter
Tuesday 20th October
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
Wednesday 21st October
Such a brilliant weekend at London Screenwriters Festival. Such an impressive and inspiring event."
Rob Craine, Screenwriter
Thursday 22nd October
The Festival exceeded all expectations. Brilliant sessions with brilliant people, both speakers and delegates, who understood where you were coming from."
Jaye Nolan, Screenwriter
Friday 23rd October
Forty-five seconds in an elevator pitching to Joel Schumacher was a dream come true."
Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor, Screenwriter
Saturday 24th October
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
Sunday 25th October
The Actors' Table Read got me the breakthrough I needed for my script."
Eivor Bekkhus, Screenwriter
Monday 26th October
I then sat at a small table with Stephen fricking Frears and chatted with him. I chatted with Stephen Frears!"
Lisa McMullin, Screenwriter
Tuesday 27th October
Professionally, the most fun and most productive three days I’ve ever spent. EVER."
Joanna Marie Fox, Screenwriter
Wednesday 28th October
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
Thursday 29th October
I learned so much, had my mind blown, my reality checked and my inspiration sent sky-high."
Will Stubbs, Screenwriter
Friday 30th October
The quality of the speakers. The PitchFest was AMAZING! Delegates. Networking! This is the future of the British film industry."
Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter
Saturday 31st October
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
Session Moved To The Next London 'Real World' Festival (not online)
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.
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!"