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Welcome to LondonSWF365 February 2021… The Online Screenwriters’ Festival

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A rich mix of industry veterans, new entrants, writers, producers and execs, as well as the very best trainers and practitioners. Now available On-Demand so that you can learn and enjoy at your own pace. One year acess to EVERYTHING is just £27 (about $30 US).

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LondonSWF365 February Complete Schedule

Thursday 4th February (Day Zero)

Friday 5th February 

  • LondonSWF 365 Festival Opening with Chris Jones and Bob Schultz
    Join the online LondonSWF 365 party and get primed to have the most outstanding month of February. Find out EXACTLY what is happening, when and where and how best to use this unique opportunity.
  • Peter Craig, Hollywood Screenwriter in Conversation~
    He is writing The Batman (2022), Top Gun: Maverick (2021), and wrote Bad Boys For Life and Hunger Games: Mockingjay. If Hollywood is looking to bring in a mastermind to write for existing IP, Craig is the man. Dig deep on how to expand on existing worlds and beloved characters in this insightful hour. Oh, he also wrote much grittier films too like The Town and Blood Father. And oooooh! He's writing Gladiator 2!
  • Did YOU Break The Rules? There Are No Rules, with Scott Myers
    It’s time to clear the air about so-called screenwriting ‘Rules’ and unleash our full creative potential. If you think you can’t use “we see” or “we hear”, you can’t write ‘unfilmables’, that Act One has to end no later than page twenty five and that you should NEVER use flashbacks or voiceover narration… as well as so many more supposed ‘rules’… Here’s the truth: There are no rules. Learn why and how you can break these so-called ‘rules’ to empower your screenwriting in this brass tacks session with LondonSWF top rated speaker Scott Myers.

Saturday 6th February

  • 'Feel Good' Screenplay in Thirty Days with Pat Higgins
    The Pat Higgins Screenwriting Challenge. No it’s not some new diet. Phew. Yes you can relax. But we ARE challenging you to write an upbeat, feelgood movie in thirty days. Join Pat as he lays out the daily beats and challenges you will need to face in order to have a complete first draft within the month. And we will have a heavy emphasis on selling the script too. We get it may not be your genre of choice, BUT it’s incredibly commercial and writing something with an upbeat tone may be the tonic we all need right now. This challenge was SUPER exciting and fun at the last 365 and we hope you will join us again and rise to the occasion!
  • Zoom Room with Pat Higgins
    Indie Filmmaker, lecturer, successful crowd funder, and LSF Hall of Famer, Pat Higgins returns to talk writing, creating, and inspiration during the pandemic and throughout your screenwriting career. With Pat you can never predict where the conversation will go, but you can be certain you will collect many valuable gems along the way.
  • Brainstorming Through The Block with Pilar Alessandra
    Have an idea, but don’t know where to go with it? Wrote a scene, but need to make it more engaging? Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a character or a piece of dialogue? Writing coach Pilar Alessandra will get your story out of your head and onto the page with actionable writing tools to help you push through writer's block and finish your script.
  • Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves: Saturday Night At The Movies with writer Pen Densham
    A classic of an era that is a crowd pleaser to this day, in no short measure down to Alan Rickman and his outstanding performance as the Sherriff of Nottingham. Join Pen Densham as we deconstruct this high water mark of pop culture cinema from the nineties. Moderated by Bob Schultz and Chris Jones.

Sunday 7th February

  • Beating Out The Pilot Of A Hit TV Series with Michal Aviram
    Michal has them both. She’s written hit TV shows for Netflix, AND she is a world class trainer. Join her for this double barrel session, first hour a seminar on how to structure your killer pilot for a show. The second half over on Zoom where she will answer questions and roll her writerly sleeves up to help you directly. Michal is the real deal, and we are certain, she is also the kind of woman you would need in your gang should there be a zombie apocalypse. Hey, nothing sounds crazy anymore.
  • Zoom Room with Michal Aviram
    Following the session with Michal on Beating Out The Pilot Of A Hit TV Series, Michal will dive into Zoom with us so we can drill down deeper and ask as many questions as time affords… Expect the hour to overrun and Michal is a trooper and we suspect you will have many great questions.
  • Where’s Your Head At? Mastering Creative Uncertainty In 2021 with Rebecca Day
    So yeah, the apocalypse happened. Kind of. For some, catastrophically, for many, just annoyingly. We are almost one year in, and while the light at the end of the tunnel is brightening, it’s still some way off. How are we all coping? What have we been through? What does it mean? In this practical conversation with psychotherapist Rebecca Day, a film industry mental health expert, we examine the common themes and challenges we have face in Covid times, as well as offer insights and tools to accept, overcome and thrive. Open and frank, this will be an honest conversation about thriving as we rebuild a (new) normal life in 2021, while creatively flourishing in parallel.
  • How we made a lockdown feature on a phone that has sold around the world, with Fizz and Ginger
    What can we learn from the screenwriters and filmmakers who made the first Covid lockdown work for them?   Wife and Husband team, Tori and Mathew Butler Hart decided to make a micro budget feature film during lockdown in the spring of 2020. Titled Infinitum: Subject Unknown, it is set in the story universe of a much bigger project of theirs, and was made on an iPhone with a cast and crew of two. The film has already sold around the world. How do you sustain a story with one character and limited locations? How do you shoot on an iPhone? How much did it cost? How long did it take? Who has picked it up for sales? So many questions. Settle in for an inspiring conversation that will offer a direct pathway to getting produced NOW…
  • Zoom Room with… Fizz and Ginger

Monday 8th February

  • Monday Momentum with Caroline Ferguson
    Over the next three Mondays, Mindset Trainer Caroline Ferguson will introduce you to a series of powerful mindset tools that will not only help you develop THE most important life skill, but also add depth and authenticity to your characters. Part script development, part personal insight, part guided meditation… all designed to deliver a Marvellous Monday and the springboard for an awesome week!
  • Franchise Writing: A Step Into A Larger World with Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza
    DC/Warner, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, the MCU. Most of what audiences are watching now comprise just one facet of a larger franchise. While most of us can take a view from a mile in the sky at franchises as a whole, what is it like writing for epic characters who have been beloved for generations? What is it like on the ground, writing irresistible stories under the guidance of an over-arching corporate and story-telling strategy that stretches decades into the past and future? Writing partners Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (The Flash) discuss the unique challenges and opportunities franchise writers face.
  • Zoom Room with Pen Densham
    Pen has a long and varied history, working on films such as Rocky 2 and Escape to Victory, as well as producing Hollywood tentpoles like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Moll Flanders. He is also known for being exceptionally helpful and inspiraitonal for newer writers. This is a must attend Zoom session.

Tuesday 9th February

  • Samantha Horley: Killer Loglines
    You have the great idea, even the great script… but you don’t have a killer logline yet? Uh oh! Join film sales agent turned screenwriter for a no-nonsense lesson on distilling your story into the tightest possible package so that you can attract money and talent. Samantha will help you see past your hundred page script so that you can refine it to that essential 100 character logline. Must attend for serious writers.
  • Zoom Room with… Samantha Horley
    Join Samantha Horley on Zoom to put your own logline to the stress-test. Join in as a ‘player’ or ‘spectator’, but do expect to learn WHY some ideas get produced while others do not.

Wednesday 10th February

  • Unleash Your Warrior Within to RISE with Harriet Bratt
    Join us for a "Power Hour" to gain tangible tips and support to RISE as your best self in 2021. Everyone is experiencing shifts, challenges and uncertainty - how can we use these to become certain of Ourselves and to embrace our Inner Strength? It is time - to "Show up and Shine".
  • Using Romance To Deepen The Drama, Theme and Plot of YOUR Story with Jenna Moreci
    As characters grow together, romance can serve as an engine to drive your story forward and maintain narrative momentum. That dynamic emotional tension builds most effectively if the romance is executed with a deft touch. Jenna Moreci is a best-selling author and successful YouTuber (with over 200k subscribers) who has repeatedly used romantic relationships to elevate her work while NOT writing romance stories. Join her and master these methods so that your characters crackle on screen with delightful tension… no matter the genre.
  • Ask an Agent - with Julian Friedmann
    Have a question for an agent? Come along! Julian Friedmann represents both book and script writers across a broad range of subjects and formats. He started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up his own publishing company. He set up a literary agency in 1976, later merging with Carole Blake to establish Blake Friedmann.

Thursday 11th February

  • Crowdfunding: How To Help Get YOUR Script Onto The Screen
    If you want your story to make it to the screen, odds are you will need to consider crowdfunding the budget at some point, either yourself or working with a producer. But how to begin? And how to execute your campaign once you have decided? This panel will answer your questions. The founder of crowdfunding platform Greenlit joins two filmmakers who have successfully crowdfunded their projects to give you priceless advice on raising the money to assure your script will be made as you envision it.
  • Tales of Personal Transformation: An Individual's Heroic Journey with Kim Hudson
    Choosing the lens through which to tell your story, and maintaining discipline to view the narrative through that same lens, is the single best way to keep your story compelling from page to page. The lens of course is a human being, and whether it’s an alien invasion epic or a divorce drama, how we examine the human being on their transformational journey is what will give the readers, producer and ultimately the audience their own satisfying and exhilarating experience as they read or watch your work. Join Kim Hudson, story analyst and author of the unputdownable The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening as we explore the tools you can use to more profoundly engage audiences in your story.
  • Zoom Room with Kim Hudson
    Join Kim and ask her YOUR questions about your stories as we continue the conversation over zoom.

Friday 12th February

  • Stretchercise For Screenwriters... 15 Minute Routine For Lifelong Benefits with Fleur
    So look, we don’t move enough. Well most of us don’t. And we are in this one body for life. Together with Fleur, we have designed a low impact, super short ‘simple yoga from your chair’ routine. We want you to try this on for a few weeks, see the benefit, and then try it for the rest of the year. It’s simple movement where you do not have to leave your chair or change clothes, but can still feel the benefits later - less tightness, less stress, more creativity. If we stay too long in the same position we lose flexibility and focus plus might invite pain into our back and shoulders. Fleur will show you some routines you can easily remember, so that you can do it daily, or even in-between your writing for an energy and re-focus boost. We will move, stretch and breathe suitable for all levels of fitness. If you have resistance to this… that’s the BIGGEST reason to join in. Remember, it’s our one body and it will be gentle, easy and get long term results if you can integrate into your day.
  • Discovering ‘A Career In Screenwriting’ with Kate Brooke
    Kate has written her own original scripts, adapted books, worked in writers rooms, run writers rooms… When it comes to T shirts, she has the full collection. And if our pre festival chat is anything to go by, she has a great deal to offer in terms of practicalities of being a writer, working in the industry, and screenwriting craft. Promising to be a stand out session that inspires and educates in equal measure, this conversation that is moderated by Mai Davies has been expanded from one hour to ninety minutes. It’s going to be that good.
  • Maintaining Your Creative Edge with Gary Goldstein
    He produced Pretty Woman and other hits, and has since dedicated himself to helping writers and other creatives to fulfil their careers dreams. Behind his central philosophy “it’s the DOER, not the IDEA”, Gary will energise, inspire and motivate you to unleash the best version of yourself in these most difficult of times.

Saturday 13th February

  • Creative Confidence: How To Regain Unstoppable Momentum Amidst The Chaos Of The Mundane Apocalypse with Linda Potgieter
    There’s no doubt, every one of us has taken a confidence hit over the last year. It was already challenging before, but if you find this new world of uncertainty, lockdowns and disconnection regularly overwhelming, then this session with Linda will be a game changer. Linda has been helping people for years now, offering insight into how to reframe, overcome, break through and elevate yourself and those around you. Join us and reconnect with the inner lioness and let her ROARRRR once more! The session will be followed with a Zoom chat and you can expect both to run long. Buckle up for a heck of a ride. We are not even joking!
  • Zoom Room with Linda Potgieter
    Join us for a deep dive into regaining confidence in 2021 with Linda, and get some one-on-one coaching from one of the most extraordinary women we have ever have ever known!
  • Zoom Room with Kate Brooke
    Get some facetime with Kate and find out how you can follow in her footsteps.
  • A Diabolical Conversation with the King of Genre TV - Eric Kripke (The Boys, Supernatural)
    What's that? A bird? A plane? A baby with laser eyes? No! It's Eric Kripke, the creator and showrunner of the diabolically disturbing record-breaking Amazon original series The Boys. Kripke is also the creator of America's longest-running sci-fi series Supernatural, which just aired its 15th and final season. How do you create iconic characters so complex and compelling that they can sustain a show for more than a decade? How do you flip the superhero genre on its head? And just what does a showrunner in the big leagues do? Moderated by Savannah Morgan.
  • The Thing: Saturday Night at the Movies with Thomas G. Waites
    Script To Screen: John Carpenter's The Thing One of the greatest horror films of all time. Atmosphere, tension, and paranoia combine at an arctic outpost where an alien walks among the crew, replacing them one by one. Join us for a brilliant film, and get a glimpse behind the scenes! Cast member Thomas G. Waites joins us... or is he really... THE THING!?

Sunday 14th February

  • How To Keep The Drama Going with Philip Hughes and Ted Wilkes
    Your Protagonist Wants Your Film to be Over. You’re the Only One Standing in the Way. Phil Hughes and Ted Wilkes return to LSWF with some more juicy tips on screenwriting structure to help YOU navigate your way through even the densest of dark forests and tell the stories that help your characters shine.
  • Zoom Room with… Phil and Ted
    Immediately after their session, Phil and Ted head over to Zoom to answer your questions. Get ready for some nuggets of solid gold to help your writing shine. Phil and Ted are generous with their time and their truth. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these LSF stalwarts.
  • Networking: Building A Community of Connections in 2021 with Kathie Fong Yoneda
    What is Networking? Who Networks? Why is Networking so important? These questions and more will be answered by script consultant and former Disney exec Kathie Fong Yoneda. Kathie will provide valuable tips and information to help you build a genuine community of helpful connections as you make your way through the maze of the entertainment industry. Kathie Fong Yoneda is a consultant of live action and animated film, television, and literary projects. A former exec at Disney, Touchstone, Island Pictures and Disney TV Animation, she has taught workshops in twenty-one countries worldwide and is the author The Script-Selling Game (2nd edition).
  • A Conversation with Marquita Robinson
    She wrote on Netflix Sensation GLOW, and is currently an Executive Producer and writer on BLACK-ISH, responsible for entertaining, insightful, brilliant examinations of the Presidential Election and the pandemic. We are thrilled to have Marquita Robinson join us to discuss the importance of comedy in addressing challenging issues, and navigating the television landscape.

Monday 15th February

  • Monday Momentum with Caroline Ferguson
    Over the next three Mondays, Mindset Trainer Caroline Ferguson will introduce you to a series of powerful mindset tools that will not only help you develop THE most important life skill, but also add depth and authenticity to your characters. Part script development, part personal insight, part guided meditation… all designed to deliver a Marvellous Monday and the springboard for an awesome week!
  • The Dangerous Female Gaze
    From reboots with female leads to stepping into Wonder Woman power, from Captain Marvel to original content, there's been a seismic shift in the way women appear on the screen, both TV and big screen. With an underlying motto of ‘if you can see it, you can be it’, this powerhouse panel will look at the trails women are blazing for the next generation, what that means in terms of developing relevant content, planning to leverage the appetite from broadcasters, producers and audiences for more female centric stories so that we can continue to tell outstanding stories that don’t just inspire and exhilarate, but also change the way we all see the world. Essential. Featuring Sara Harkins, Deborah Frances White, and Joanna Tilley. Moderated by Maureen Hascoet
  • Zoom with Female Gaze Panel
    Following the in depth conversation about gender-perspective in the Female Gaze panel, make your way over to Zoom to continue the discussion -- and participate in it.

Tuesday 16th February

  • Ask a TV Commissioner - with Graham K. Smith
    Graham Smith is a former commissioning editor for Comedy & Entertainment at both Channel 4 TV and C5. He was also an Executive Producer for BBC in-house Comedy Production, and now runs Grand Scheme Media, the Creative TV Consultancy, with Mark Robson. He runs classes on the nitty gritty of the UK Comedy industry and TV industry in general - bring your questions!
  • The Crime Of The Scene: Structuring The Iron Clad Crime Procedural with Sean Robert Daniels
    A cracking mystery depends on a pristine structure. How and when to reveal clues, tempting your audience with red herrings, giving your characters the big AHA moments. Sean Robert Daniels is summoning you all to the sitting room. He’s ready to reveal the identity of the killer.
  • Get Your First (Or Next) Job In Entertainment with Carole Kirschner
    Entertainment Career Coach, author, and founder of the WGA and CBS new writers’ programs, Carole Kirschner will provide guidance on moving your career forward, in meetings, pitching, and professional comportment. It’s the advice we all need as our careers take flight.

Wednesday 17th February

  • Unleash Your Warrior within to Rise in 2021 with Harriet Bratt
    Join us for a "Power Hour" to gain tangible tips and support to RISE as your best self in 2021. Everyone is experiencing shifts, challenges and uncertainty - how can we use these to become certain of Ourselves and to embrace our Inner Strength? It is time - to "Show up and Shine".
  • Writing The Producible Screenplay with Clive Frayne
    If your screenplays are languishing unproduced on your hard drive, it's time to take control of your own destiny by writing scripts you can self-produce. Clive Frayne returns to provide guidance on: writing a script when you're working with extremely limited resources, how to build a production team around you, and how to use filmmaking as a significant part of your development as a screenwriter.
  • Zoom Room with Clive Frayne
    An advisor to industry professionals and lecturers alike, Clive Frayne’s innovative method focuses on process instead of final product. Clive’s advice is as close as your keyboard as he answers delegate questions about getting the words on the page.

Thursday 18th February

  • Beyond the Stones: Crafting the Moment with Outlander Writer/Producer Shannon Goss
    WGA nominated writer/producer Shannon Goss (Outlander, The Terror: Infamy) takes us in a deep dive from the writers' room to the scene on film, covering the collaboration that enriches the words on the page and how a broader view of production can enhance your writing.
  • No, It's Not the Gatekeepers ... Ian Shorr on Breaking onto the Black List 4 Times
    Join Ramesh Santanam (AFF reader, award-winning screenwriter, Inside Pitch mod) as he interviews screenwriter Ian Shorr about his impressive Black List spec script tally (Paramount's INFINITE, Warner Brothers' CRISTO, Fox's CAPSULE, and Orion's 10-31), what makes his Voice stand out on the page, and why it's NOT the "gatekeepers" holding you back. Infinite is due to be released this year starring Mark Wahlberg, and you can read the Black List script for it right now in the Downloads!

Friday 19th February

  • Stretchercise For Screenwriters... 15 Minute Routine For Lifelong Benefits with Fleur
    So look, we don’t move enough. Well most of us don’t. And we are in this one body for life. Together with Fleur, we have designed a low impact, super short ‘simple yoga from your chair’ routine. We want you to try this on for a few weeks, see the benefit, and then try it for the rest of the year. It’s simple movement where you do not have to leave your chair or change clothes, but can still feel the benefits later - less tightness, less stress, more creativity. If we stay too long in the same position we lose flexibility and focus plus might invite pain into our back and shoulders. Fleur will show you some routines you can easily remember, so that you can do it daily, or even in-between your writing for an energy and re-focus boost. We will move, stretch and breathe suitable for all levels of fitness. If you have resistance to this… that’s the BIGGEST reason to join in. Remember, it’s our one body and it will be gentle, easy and get long term results if you can integrate into your day.
  • Fabulous Friday: Destress and Get Focused, Fast with Suzanne Gundersen
    Join this live, interactive workshop to learn and experience how to naturally calm internal chaos and experience peace and clarity, on demand. Understand what’s behind your stress, and how self-use, easy to learn tools and techniques, based in neuroscience and energy methods, can help you get calm, clear and connected with your creative rhythm and flow. What you can expect? A little bit of education- learn the science behind stress and what keeps us stressed, struggling and stuck. A little bit of technique- live, interactive experience using methods that get you calm, clear, and connected with your creativity! What you'll need: A quiet space, wear comfy clothes and have room to move.
  • Ann Druyan: A Lifetime of Contact in the Cosmos
    When NASA was planning the Voyager missions, they needed a Creative Director to decide nothing less heady than what music, art, and science would best represent humanity to alien civilizations? And they turned to Ann Druyan. As a creative science A-lister, she inspired a generation of writers and artists with her husband Carl Sagan on the seminal television series COSMOS. Then she looked into humanity’s soul in the speculative science masterpiece CONTACT. Now she has come to us to inspire once again. This session is nothing less than a full-on honour for us. We are in awe, and you will be too.
  • A Season Ticket To Paradise: With Willy Russell (note Willy begins 30mins in)
    Wise, funny and incessantly acerbic, Willy Russell's most beloved works are irresistible, full of sarcastic zest and a melancholic longing for a different way of life. Shirley (Shirley Valentine) and Rita (Educating Rita) long for new ways of seeing, for alternative expectations from the world around them; they speak to anyone born without an item from the cutlery tray in their mouth, to those who have lived beyond privilege. And they have a perfectly balanced specificity and universality that makes them timeless and personal. How does he do it? What is the process that produces such an alchemy? Take this hour to learn from a real master of art and craft alike.
  • Q&A with Sarah Gavron
    From film school to BAFTA, and from working with Meryl Streep to directing non actors in her latest feature ‘Rocks’, Sarah Gavron has become a household name in the British film industry. Sarah will talk about how she picks a project and the creative partnership when working with a writer, how she got started in the industry, and the process of making her latest feature, uplifting and empowering ‘Rocks’, with a new writer and an ensemble cast of newcomers. Born out of workshops in youth hubs and schools, Rocks has been dubbed by the Guardian ‘the film we need right now.’ Not to be missed!
  • Creating a 5 part TV Series Using The Structure Of Pulp Fiction with Linda Aronson
    Heralded for its innovative structure, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction’s impact on films and television continues to this day. In this session, world leader in complex narrative structure story telling Linda Aronson joins us all the way from Australia to demonstrate how to apply the lessons we can learn from this classic film to our television projects. If your story has multi protagonists, flashbacks and flash-forwards, fractured narrative, parallel narratives… this will be a light bulb session. Master the techniques and tools used by the smartest writers to craft stories the effortlessly and powerfully interweave characters, times, space and events to create something breathtakingly powerful. Linda usually talks for two days so the idea of locking her down for a two hours as crackers… so expect it to run gloriously long!

Saturday 20th February

  • Documentary Filmmaking… Start Right Now with David Nicholas Wilkinson
    Unlike almost any other form of film and TV, documentary filmmaking can start as soon as you have the idea. Of course, it’s rarely that simple, but the principle remains. You won’t need to raise lots of money, you can film with a tiny crew with comparatively inexpensive kit. David Nicholas Wilkinson has enjoyed several creative incarnations, as an actor, as one of the most prominent UK film distributors, as a film and TV producer, and now he seems to have finally settled on producing and directing documentary film. In this session David will share how he started making documentaries and carved a niche making films which he is deeply passionate for. Almost all have been made on a shoestring and rarely with more than a crew of two or three, including him! Discover how you can turn that passion, obsession, fascination, cause, belief… into a film that could well end up winning awards and find it’s way onto the streaming platforms that are crying out for unique documentary.
  • Zoom Room with… David Nicholas Wilkinson
    This is your chance to ask David about your documentary ideas. Join the Zoom to get some facetime.
  • Tentpole Vision, Indie Execution — How a Great Storyworld Can Become an Engine for Your Super Story with Houston Howard
    Too many screenwriters (wrongly) believe that the rich legacy of imaginative “world-building” is reserved for sword and sandal fantasy blockbusters or epic sci-fi adventures. However, a great storyworld is wildly beneficial to every genre and doesn’t necessarily force screenwriters to scale their films to tentpole status. Viable storyworlds come in all shapes and sizes and not only add depth and complexity of the story, but also can become tremendous creative engines for your Super Story IP.
  • Truthful Emotional Storytelling with Kira-Anne Pelican
    In this session, Kira-Anne will take a deep psychological dive into the screenwriting techniques that writer/director Chloé Zhao uses in The Rider (2017) in order to reveal what we can learn from these about crafting emotionally compelling characters and stories. She will discuss, beginning with character, then focusing the story around a central thematic question that matters and finding the right visual metaphors, and finally writing the emotionally truthful ending.
  • Writing Movies With Deeper Meaning… with Bruce Joel Rubin
    No matter culture or race, humankind asks similar questions. Why am I here? What am I meant to do? Where did I come from? What come after life? Oscar winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Ruben has made a career attempting to offer insight into these questions through his films. ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘Ghost’, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’, ‘Deep Impact’, ‘Brainstorm’… In this session, we will be daring to go deep into human psyche to offer up strategies and methods to help you find greater profundity in your writing, connecting with audiences at deeper levels so that when they see your work, perhaps, just perhaps, they may find breakthroughs in their own lives.
  • Pitching Pitching Pitching with Bob Schultz
    All right, delegates. Let's get that pitch whipped into shape. Hop into Zoom and pitch to the room. LSF Pitching Guru Bob Schultz will be there to provide critique and encouragement for all comers. If you find pitching intimidating or terrifying, this is the session for you.

Sunday 21st February

  • Five Golden Rules (or Hidden Traps to Avoid) For Screenwriters with Philip Shelley
    Arcs, structure, goals, flaws, themes… How much information can one screenwriter handle? How many strategies must we employ? With the help of Philip Shelley, who runs the Channel 4 Screenwriting course, we boil all that advice into five clear bullet points. If your script doesn’t tick all five boxes, it’s time to rewrite before even considering submitting anywhere.
  • Zoom Room with Philip Shelley
    Philip Shelley’s CV reads like a Greatest Hits of British Television. BBC, Channel 4, Paramount, Waking The Dead, Chis Chibnall, Damian Wayling, Gupreet Bhatti, the list goes on. Care to add your name to this illustrious roster? The first step might be joining this Zoom Room.
  • From Romcom to Zombie Musical - Carving your Career with John McPhail
    From the rolling hills of Scotland to an article in the Rolling Stones - John McPhail went from short films and a self-funded feature (romcom Where do We Go From Here) to gaining international notice with Anna and the Apocalypse, a zombie musical. Just google "Anna and the Apocalypse Rolling Stones" for an in-depth breakdown.
  • The Revision Process: What’s Next For Your Screenplay with Claudia Myers
    You’ve written from the heart, your gut, the deep wells of emotion that make your audience weep and laugh with total abandon. But like all first drafts, it still needs a ton of work to be the best it can be. “Rewriting is writing,” we always hear. But how? Claudia Myers (Writer/Director, Fort Bliss, Above The Shadows) has come to give you the key. Specific strategies and processes are on the menu to drive your screenplay into the stratosphere during the rewrite/revision process.
  • Using Logic To Fuse Your Story Ideas Into A Coherent And Compelling Plot with Jeff Kitchen
    First you come up with a story idea and develop it, and then you transition to plot construction. But that’s easier said than done because story creation is chaotic (if you’re doing it right) and it’s hard to pull all those components together into a coherent unit. Aristotle observed that those dramas that grip an audience consist of a single complete action. Unity of Action is loosely defined as: A single action, a single hero, a single result. But how do you integrate all your clever ideas into one structurally-unified action?
    Logic is immensely powerful, and a dramatist can use it to forge the nucleus of a plot. Logic’s irresistible force can pull the parts together, organizing them into a coherent and compelling argument. The process serves two functions, creating a structurally unified plot and keeping the audience on the edge of their seats, both absolutely central to the craft of the dramatist. You’ll learn the five-step process that isolates the major bones of your story, or helps you create them if they don’t yet exist. You’ll focus on the core logic of your story and make it work, while amplifying its dramatic power. You’ll get an objective look at what makes your story tick and then challenge every aspect of it, continuously pushing to make your script as powerful as possible. You pull your story together into a tight coherent unit and you multiply its dramatic power. This is a 90-minute program. Please arrive with a knowledge of the movie, Training Day.
  • Zoom with Jeff Kitchen
    Following his session, ask Jeff Kitchen your questions face to face on Zoom.

Monday 22nd February

  • Monday Momentum with Caroline Ferguson
    Over the next three Mondays, Mindset Trainer Caroline Ferguson will introduce you to a series of powerful mindset tools that will not only help you develop THE most important life skill, but also add depth and authenticity to your characters. Part script development, part personal insight, part guided meditation… all designed to deliver a Marvellous Monday and the springboard for an awesome week!
  • Creating Emotional Characters in Tumultuous Times - with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna
    It's 2021 and if you're anything like me, you're a bit of an emotional wreck. It's tempting to shy away from it in your writing - and yet that honesty is exactly what audiences crave. When it comes to creating emotional characters, who better to ask than Inside Out's Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna?! They have a weekly podcast called The Screenwriting Life (and a FB group!) dedicated to unpacking not only the craft and business of screenwriting but the life: the beautiful ups and downs of the creative path, and how to use those ups and downs to generate your best work. Join them as they shine a beacon of light into the glorious chaos of screenwriting.
  • Producing Your Own Movie For Netflix with Jeff Deverett
    Producer and Educator Jeff Deverett will guide you through the final stage of screenwriting success: production and distribution. From where your movie’s money comes from to where audiences will go to see it, Jeff – with multiple Netflix credits under his belt – has navigated these treacherous waters and is ready to provide you with the map.

Tuesday 23rd February

  • Unleash Your Pitch Persona with Savannah Morgan
    Part acting exercises, part tango concepts, part pitch tips (shamelessly stolen from Bob Schultz and other speakers) - you may not be able to sell your idea, but you can ALWAYS sell YOU. Learn to unleash your inner pitch persona to give yourself confidence in any situation. Be yourself? No! Be the BEST version of you.
  • Just Add Comedy with Steve Kaplan (Zoom)
    Whether you're working on laugh-out-loud comedy, or an action film, or a serious drama, every story has, and is enhanced by, comic elements. This online session will show you how, when and where to add humor to your tragedy, or drama to your farce.
  • Editing Jedi: Writing For The Cut with Paul Hirsch
    The final pass on your story doesn’t happen on the page or on set. The cutting room has the final say. You have considered how an audience will see your story, a director, agent, producer, and cast. But how much consideration have you given the person who will have the last pass? The cutter has the power, and you’d better believe that their perspective matters. Well, come pick the brain of a true sultan of the splice. He’s only the editor on little films like Star Wars, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Life of Pi, Ray, Mission: Impossible, Footloose, Blow Out… and dozens more stone cold classics. This man has shaped film history and he’s here to tell you all about it.
  • Zoom Room with Linda Aronson
    Ask Linda your questions on non-linear plotting!

Wednesday 24th February

  • Unleash Your Warrior within to Rise in 2021 - With Harriet Bratt
    Join us for a "Power Hour" to gain tangible tips and support to RISE as your best self in 2021. Everyone is experiencing shifts, challenges and uncertainty - how can we use these to become certain of Ourselves and to embrace our Inner Strength? It is time - to "Show up and Shine".
  • What It Actually Means To Be A Working Writer with Lee Jessup
    Once you have perfected your script, then what? Get a glimpse at the realities of working with reps, general meetings, writing assignments, writers rooms, and the holy grail, selling feature specs and original pilots.
  • Chris Lockhart: Inside the Changing Industry
    Join WME story developer Chris Lockhart and moderator Mai Davies as they reveal the pulse of the industry right now, how to make your script stand out from the slush pile, and more!

Thursday 25th February

  • Casting a Spell On The Audience with Lucy V Hay
    Stories based in a magical reality universe are more popular than ever. Shows like The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy, A Discovery of Witches, The Adventures of Sabrina, Stranger Things, Fate: The Winx Saga… all attract huge audiences with die hard fanbases, and all have created extraordinary story worlds with compelling characters and engaging story arcs. What are the rules when it comes to magical reality? What rules can you bend? What can you break? And what are the pitch black potholes so many writers fall into, and how can you avoid them?
  • Zoom Room with… Lucy V Hay
    Get to chat with Lucy, post session and post the release of her new book 'The Coven'...

Friday 26th February

  • Stretchercise For Screenwriters... 15 Minute Routine For Lifelong Benefits with Fleur
    So look, we don’t move enough. Well most of us don’t. And we are in this one body for life. Together with Fleur, we have designed a low impact, super short ‘simple yoga from your chair’ routine. We want you to try this on for a few weeks, see the benefit, and then try it for the rest of the year. It’s simple movement where you do not have to leave your chair or change clothes, but can still feel the benefits later - less tightness, less stress, more creativity. If we stay too long in the same position we lose flexibility and focus plus might invite pain into our back and shoulders. Fleur will show you some routines you can easily remember, so that you can do it daily, or even in-between your writing for an energy and re-focus boost. We will move, stretch and breathe suitable for all levels of fitness. If you have resistance to this… that’s the BIGGEST reason to join in. Remember, it’s our one body and it will be gentle, easy and get long term results if you can integrate into your day.
  • The Pitch Factor at LondonSWF365 (not recorded)
    Back by popular demand! Contribute £5, and pitch to our panel of experts. Best pitch takes the pot! LSF’s Pitch Factor is our most consistently popular session. It’s fun, it gets a little rowdy, we all have a ton of fun, and learn something along the way. Pour yourself a glass of wine or beer, and leave your worries behind as we rock and roll.
    *YOU WILL HAVE 90 SECONDS TO PITCH - which includes a brief introduction to YOU!*
    *This WILL NOT be on demand - catch it live or nothing!*

Saturday 27th February

  • Writing for Kids with Sara Harkins, Justin Trefgarne, and Chris McGuire
    When it comes to TV and movies, the word “beloved” is almost always associated with children’s programming. How do you write it? What are the specific hurdles a writer must overcome to reach the audience of children (and the parents who must approve of the shows)? This panel of those who have been in the trenches will bring real experiences to help you build your Children’s Programming career.
  • Zoom Room with Karol Griffiths
    It just wouldn’t be an LSF without the wisdom and warmth of Karol Griffiths. Karol has graciously agreed to answer your questions and inspire you with her empowering and peaceful energy in this Zoom Room. She’s script editor to the stars, consultant to the crème de la crème, and a voice of calm in the storm. Anybody who has been to LSF before knows how great she is, and if you haven’t seen her before… oh how we envy you. You are at the start of your great Griffiths adventure.
  • Danny Bilson: Da 5 Bloods, Writing Video Games, and the Future
    A full 17 years before Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr. brought the MCU to life, Danny Bilson wrote The Rocketeer, and launched the superhero movie genre for Disney. A full 24 years before The Flash returned to television as part of the Arrowverse, Danny Bilson brough the Scarlet Speedster to network television. Long before videogames became a flourishing writing opportunity for writers, Danny Bilson was writing games and teaching Narrative Context in videogames. And lest we forget, his latest movie, Da 5 Bloods burned up Netflix in 2020, and is racking up awards nominations for the cast (Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo), director (Spike Lee), and of course screenplay. You want to know what the future holds on screen and on the page? Danny’s the man.
  • The Art of Adaptation and Reinvention with Michael Brandt
    Crafting original stories that exist harmoniously within a larger world is the assignment of every screenwriter, and Michael Brandt will guide you on this journey. Whether it’s interwoven television series (the Chicago trilogy), sequels to build new franchises (2 Fast 2 Furious), adapting comic books to the big screen (Wanted), or adapting genuine writing legends (Elmore Leonard, 3:10 To Yuma), Michael Brandt is always up to the challenge. Come to hear him speak about joining writing royalty, the joys and pitfalls of adaptation, and navigating a wide and varied world that he, himself, created.
  • Zoom with Danny Bilson
    He’s been winning 2020 critics’ awards from everywhere for Da 5 Bloods, he wrote a superhero movie for Disney decades before it was cool (The Rocketeer), and he put The Flash on TV before the Arrowverse was even a germ of an idea. He also provided executive creative direction for the video game arms of the Harry Potter, James Bond 007, and Medal of Honor franchises at EA. He’s worked in everything from low-budget to blockbuster studio franchises, from TV to video games to cinema, and is responsible for one of the most beloved unproduced scripts of all time, Decapitron. And now he’s spending an hour on Zoom, answering your questions. Get ready for some truth and fun.

Sunday 28th February

  • Screenwriting Success in 2021: Nuts and Bolts Strategies For The New Normal - with Chris Jones and Bob Schultz
    As we begin to embrace the new normal, the evolved industry, more engaged technology and frankly, whole new and broad horizons… what should we be doing? And how? And with who? And why? In this session Bob and Chris will deep dive into the strongest messages to come from LondonSWF365 and offer ten specific strategies, craft techniques and industry tactics, explore the how, who, when, what and why… and crucially offer specific action steps to take today. Explosive, entraining, insightful and absolutely JUST RIGHT for THIS moment in time.
  • Launching Into That Final Week: The 30-Day Challenge with Pat Higgins
    At the beginning of the Festival, you undertook Pat Higgins' 30-Day Challenge, and now it's time for the final stretch. Sprint to the finish starting from this tight 30 from the man himself. Inspiration to keep you going, and guidance to keep you on track. Keep that steel in your spine all the way to FADE TO BLACK.
  • Our Top Ten Moments from LondonSWF365, what they mean, and what action we can take - with Chris and Bob
    What a month it's been! We've had advice from experts from literally all around the world. We've inspiration from within ourselves and beyond the solar system. And we've had community in this time of trying isolation. As we prepare to move forward together on our writing journeys, let's take a look back on where we have been together, what we have learned and HOW we can make tomorrow even better.
  • Festival Close And Prep For BEYOND!!!! (not recorded)
    Join us for an unforgettable close to LondonSWF365 and celebrate what we have experienced… and as spring approaches, the days getting longer, the temperature rising… prepare to fully unleash on 2021!

Thursday 4th March

  • A Netflix Case Study: Messiah with Michael Petroni
    If Netflix is the board of a company, the showrunner is the CEO. Michael Petroni was the showrunner for his Netflix original series MESSIAH - a huge and stand out project in its logistical scale and cultural scope. Michael will share his experience and what being a showrunner entails, picking his writers room and how it operated, toeing the line between being provocative and offensive, the reasons behind the series not being recommissioned... and answering your most burning question... Was he? - Or wasn't he?

‘So much on offer, so much to do…’

Connect with 1,000 screenwriters, producers, directors and other industry professionals for nearly one  month of seminars, talks and events… All live AND On Demand to watch later. It will be our best festival yet!

  • Now on-demand only
  • Schedule HERE
  • Speakers HERE

Attending the on-demand festival offers one year access to recordings.

GET ACCESS TO EVERYTHING FOR £27

Join 100 of the BIGGEST names in Screenwriting

What can you expect?

  • Craft insight to help you with plot, characters, description, dialogue and structure in you script.
  • Industry insight, to help connect more powerfully. Be READY for the pivot that is coming.
  • Learn from the best, so you can emulate or learn from their successes and failures.
  • Get inspired to a whole new level, something that is essential right now.
  • Connect with many many new screenwriter friends during sessions, perhaps one of the most important reasons to participate.

And we chose February precisely BECAUSE we are likely to need that daily creative shot in the arm... choose to spend your evenings immersed with your tribe, learning from those who have done it, and refuelling the imagination... or do what most will do, continue to make up reasons and excuses as to why your career is not progressing while binge watching another series.

‘I LOVED this experience and learned so much. I don’t think in an onstage event I could have observed so much of this valuable information AND have the option of listening to it again and again, when needed. Thank you for making this festival such a valuable and amazing experience. This past month has been the BEST EDUCATION in scriptwriting I ever had and the impact on me is HUGE…’
Vered Neta, Screenwriter (LondonSWF365 Spring 2020)

What Exactly Am I Getting?

Do you want to spend a whole month deep diving into the screenwriting art, craft and business?

More than 100 speakers will join our team for the winter festival. Oscar winners, showrunners, producers, screenwriters, more screenwriters, the BEST trainers… and so many more from storytelling disciplines… The full list will go live in December 2020.

Immersion is by far the most effective way to learn. It’s also the mainline way to mastery. That is why spending a month in the presence of some of the most successful writers, knowledgeable experts and inspirational speakers is SO effective.

Weekday sessions will be in the evening, with some Zoom classes scheduled for luch times. Weekend classes will run in the afternoon and evenings. Never too much, but always enough to maintain momentum and a profound sense of focus and elevation.

The workshops, panels, talks, interviews, seminars, screenings… all will be live and available online for one year beyond the event.

Flash foward... Spring 2021,with the wind in our sails, a vaccine rolling out and fortune at our sides, the industry will reboot... and make no mistake, it will be ravenous for new projects and talent. BE READY!

What Will It Look Like?

You can experience the online festival from a phone, tablet, computer, even the TV in your living room.

There is LOTS of community chat too – connection is so important in these times.

You will be given a login to watch the video feeds live, and to interact via chat. Some sessions will be more interactive than others and we are using a variety of technologies to deliver it.

Think Zoom but amped up. If you don’t want to interact, that’s fine too, you can just watch. Everything will be available later also.

We will also be running a month long screenwriting initiative with training, so if you want to write a screenplay during the month, you can be part of that process.

Really there is SOOOOO much on offer and you can have ALL of it for one year. It’s OUR way to support our community in this time of uncertainty.

At £60 for the year, it’s astonishing value. It’s been designed  to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and keep us ALL creative and elevated.

‘I cannot quantify just how monumental an experience LondonSWF365 has been for me. 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. I’ve made new connections with other writers, and connected with writers I already knew. I will be back every year until I die!’
Emily Isaacs, Screenwriter

What delegates say…

...about the first LondonSWF365 in May and June of 2020…

‘LondonSWF365 is blowing my mind, it is on a whole different level! I cannot thank you enough. Just brilliant! Thank you!'

Ros Jones, Screenwriter

 

‘Just want to say a huge thank you for putting together LondonSWF Online. I’ve been absolutely blown away by so many amazing speakers. Huge, huge thank you to all involved.’

Caroline Knudsen, Screenwriter

‘A wonderful, insightful, cascade of events, not just focused on the art of screenwriting, but the many facets of the business as well. Also a wonderful way to meet fellow writers (I think I’ve added 20 to my Facebook friends).’

Mark Flood, screenwriter

'Many thanks for the fantastic moments of an unforgettable enjoyment. Thank you for the inspiration and support. Thank you for the opportunity to meet all those wonderful people. Chris and the LSF team, you’ve created something so powerful and magic, that will make a difference in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!’

Ekaterina Raznitcyna, Screenwriter, Director

'The festival experience has been a thousand times bigger than I expected, but also a million times closer and more friendly than something this big has any right to be. An amazing collection of writers, film-makers and educators on my computer and in my ears. And I’ve made new friends, and found new heroes. Thank you to the whole team!’

Matthew White, Screenwriter


'I found the festival a funnel of creative energy which I tapped into during a time when the world was in crisis. It stopped me from feeling overwhelmed by it all and I focused instead on what I could control; myself. During the festival, I wrote a feature, several short screenplays, made a short film and entered several competitions. LondonSWF365 was like my energizer bunny. It fires me up, recharges my creative shields and gives me the courage to keep on trying.’

Mark Renshaw, writer and creative