This year on 25th-27th October, we will be attending the London Screenwriters Festival. Billed as the world’s largest professional screenwriting event, the three-day Festival will welcome five hundred delegates to hear one hundred industry speakers, ranging from writers of Oscar-winning films such as David Hare, sitcom geniuses such as Graham Linehan and the headliner, legendary Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas. It will be our first year attending the festival, and we are extremely excited to participate in such a fantastic event that will surely prove to be an invaluable and instructive experience.
As if our anticipation levels were not already high enough, today we were delighted to learn we have been selected for one of the Festival’s Advanced Mentoring Labs. The Labs are intended to help writers with a fully developed screenplay in a specific genre move their work to the next level. Out of the 250 plus entrants submitting 360 plus proposals, we were fortunate enough to secure one of only 55 places on the Labs. We submitted to the Writing Genre Features Lab with one of our most cherished projects, a film noir set in a fictional American metropolis. Inspired by our love of the novels of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and James M Cain, we had to provide a logline (one sentence summary of the plot) a one page synopsis and a three page script sample. Our initial reluctance to submit based on lack of self-confidence proved unfounded, as we were awarded one of the 6 places on the Genre Lab.
We are extremely thrilled to have received such a fabulous opportunity to road test and enhance one of our most valued projects. A huge thank you to the London Screenwriters Festival team for selecting our script. It is extremely humbling to have been chosen from such a large submission pool, and is massively encouraging for both the screenplay itself and for our career in screenwriting.
We shall keep you all updated with how the festival progresses via our social media pages, as well as summarising our experiences in a post-festival blog. Until then, the moral of the story, as with any creative endeavour, is to take a chance. You have to buy a ticket to win the lottery. Today our numbers came up.