London Screenwriters' Festival - The Beginning
The London Screenwriters' Festival was founded in 2010 by Chris Jones, a filmmaker, author, and educator with a passion for sharing his knowledge with the community. He's the creator of the multi-award-winning and Oscar®-shortlisted Gone Fishing, and author of the bestselling Guerrilla Film Maker's Handbook series.
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Chris was joined by Bob Schultz, who has spent more than a decade as a screenwriter, producer, screenwriting professor, and organiser of more than 25 screenwriting conferences in Canada, the USA, and the UK. He's taught screenwriting, pitching, story structure, and independent producing in a dozen countries around the world.
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Together they made LSF the most sought-after screenwriting event in the entire U.K. It embodies one simple dream: an inspiring, safe space for writers to thrive, to network, and to have affordable access to industry professionals.
No gimmicks. No false promises. Just frank knowledge and a community to help you take the next steps in your screenwriting journey.
Then 2020 happened.
2020 was to be the tenth anniversary of the physical London Screenwriters' Festival. But when the world shifted, so did we, pivoting at break-neck speed to become The Screenwriters' Festival Online.
Our tiny team comprised primarily of volunteers brought access to industry professionals to over 1200 delegates worldwide, many of whom have never been able to attend a screenwriting festival before. The response has been incredible. It's a festival of technical marvels held together with love!
But that festival isn't the end of our journey. We're just getting started.
In addition to running a WINTER FESTIVAL, we've got an amazing roster of top teachers with courses to take your writing to the next level, from page to pitch. We've also got a fantastic community.
That's where you come in.
You. Yes you, reading this, wondering if this is the right place for you, worried whether or not you're "good enough" to join a screenwriting group. Guess what? You are. You're here, and showing up is 90% of the battle. It's time to cross the threshold and bring your characters to life. There will be highs and lows, mentors, friends, and foes. Many challenges lie ahead. But know this: it will be an unforgettable adventure. What do you say, hero? Will you join us?
Join our free Community Lounge and get:
- Access to our free weekly zoom writing cafe (Sundays 9am-11am London time) featuring an optional writing exercise and small breakout rooms to network with other writers or write quietly. Fun, informal, free forever. Open to anyone with an interest in writing in any form or an interest in the film industry. Invite your friends!
- An invite to our private Facebook group and Discord server.
- Exclusive updates and discounts on LSF events.
- Bonus content.
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More About the Festival
Look Who's Talking:
Our headliners from Spring 2020 included:
- David S. Goyer - Dark Knight
- Adele Lim - Crazy Rich Asians
- Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, and Sue Vertue - Sherlock
- John Yorke - Into the Woods
- Robert McKee - STORY
- Pilar Alessandra - Script Consultant
- Christopher Lockhart - Script Editor at William Morris Endeavor
Tell Me More, Tell Me More!
It's a month-long festival in your living room. Sessions include:
- One-on-one moderated interviews with esteemed guests.
- Script-to-screens - inside insight from the professionals behind the show!
- Zoom room Q and As.
- Interactive events like Pitch Factor, Live Script Edits and Table Reads.
- Networking and writing zoom "cafes"
What do the Delegates say?
"I cannot quantify just how monumental an experience LondonSWF365 has been for me. As a carer of two disabled children, and having physical energy limitations myself, I’ve never been able to attend the screenwriters festival before. Although some things may have been lost for regular attendees, for someone like me, it has opened up my writing world enormously. To be able to sit in my front room and ask questions of great screenwriters and producers while still able to keep an eye on my sons has been utterly amazing."
Emily Isaacs - Screenwriter
"I’m sure that, like many of your delegates, I was so sad to receive Chris’s letter about the IRL Festival being postponed until 2021. How could anything compare?
And then you did what you did. And it was fun, it was informative, it felt intimate (in the best and non-creepy way), and it felt like a writers’ home.
Being a part of LSF365 as a speaker, and as a delegate, has been the absolute highlight of my year."
Sean Robert Daniels - LondonSWF Speaker, Instructor, Screenwriter
"I’ve been engaging with the festival events for several days now, and just wanted to say that this is the most brilliant, insightful and substantial screenwriting and storytelling event I’ve ever experienced! The level of access, answers and inspiration is unparalleled."
Nikhil Kamkolhar - Screenwriter
"You are doing an amazing job. Everyone I’ve told LondonSWF about has signed up. It’s seamless yet so authentic and grassroots vibe… Yet high end! Congratulations!"
Hannah Hall - Screenwriter