Screenwriting events are a great opportunity to improve your craft, meet peers and network with other industry professionals. Below we’ve listed major screenwriting events across the world. The events are in date-order and we’ve colour-coded by area so that you can see at a glance which events are in your part of the world:
UK is green, USA & Canada is blue, Europe is orange, Rest of World is purple.
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15-17 September 2017 – The London Screenwriters’ Festival, UK
An annual gathering of emerging and established screenwriters. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV (from both the UK and Hollywood), the LSF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.
DISCOUNT CODE: SCRIPTANGEL-17X
13-15 September 2017 – Royal Television Society (RTS) Cambridge Convention, UK
Speakers include James Murdoch, Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox, Andy Harries, Chief Executive of Left Bank Pictures; The Grand Tour executive producer, Andy Wilman; Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director of Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom – with more names to be announced.
20 September-1 October 2017 – Raindance Film Festival, London, UK
Raindance showcases features, shorts and music videos by filmmakers from the UK and around the world celebrating and supporting independent, new and alternative filmmakers not just during our 12-day festival but throughout the year.
28-30 September 2017 – Central Coast Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles, USA
Whether you are a new writer or an established author, the Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference will elevate your writing and scribing passion to the next level. Cited as one of the best writers conferences in the US, this destination conference offers workshops in all genres presented by an inspiring faculty. From Academy Award winners to New York Time Best selling authors to Poets to Children’s Authors to NetFlix stars, we have it all personalized just for you.
23-28 October 2017 – New York TV Festival, USA
The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.
26 October-2 November 2017 – Austin Film Festival and Writers’ Festival, USA
Known as the “Writers Festival” since its inception 24 years ago, Austin Film Festival recognizes the importance of narrative at the core of filmmaking. By celebrating the work of storytellers; those committed to crafting intricate worlds, fully-formed characters, and diverse perspectives, AFF bolsters its reputation as a champion for the creator.
27-29 November 2017 – C21 International Drama Summit, London, UK
Undoubtedly the most significant annual gathering of the global drama community. Three-day event with an unrivalled agenda, screenings, coproduction marketplace and awards.
Every Month: The Black List Writers’ Happy Hour
Social networking for writers in cities across the world; London, Sydney (Australia), Montreal (Canada) and the following US cities, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, DC, New Orleans, Los Angeles, NYC, Austin, Portland, Raleigh, Denver, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami.
Every Month: Network ISA Third Thursday Networking
Social networking for screenwriters held the third Thursday of every month in London, Los Angeles and Montreal.
For all forthcoming dates see their Events page.
Look out for in 2018
March 2018 – National Screenwriters’ Conference, Victoria, Australia
A must-attend, biennial, 3-day event for screenwriters, established and aspiring. Presented by the Australian Writers’ Guild, with our Principal Partner Film Victoria and Industry Partner Foxtel, this event brings together screenwriting talent from across Australia and around the world.
April 2018 – Nashville Film Festival and Creators’ Conference, USA
The Creator’s Conference, presented by NashFilm, includes robust tracks for filmmakers, screenwriters, musicians, and all kinds of creators. Come hear about the latest industry trends, paths that have led to success, ways to hone your craft, and meet others in the community.
April 2018 – Séries Mania, Paris, France
After seven riveting seasons, Séries Mania has established itself as the annual event dedicated to the TV series format for both the general public and the wider industry. Having welcomed almost 40,000 spectators and 1,300 industry execs in 2016, the festival is widening out its ambitions this year with a raft of new features, extending its reach outside of the French capital.
April 2018 – Toronto Screenwriting Conference, Canada
The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) is a two-day weekend event that brings together screen-based industry professionals and offers them advanced skills development and networking unparalleled by any other screenwriting event on the continent.
May 2018 – Three Rivers Screenwriters’ Conference, Pittsburgh, USA
The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference is a 3-day educational event that seeks to further the art and craft of storytelling by supporting, connecting, educating and inspiring writers, actors, directors and other artists across all genres and mediums.
June 2018 – ScriptFest including Great American Pitchfest, Los Angeles, USA
Master your craft, perfect your pitch, and meet Oscar-winners, showrunners, agents, and managers at this year’s ScriptFest. With over 120 execs waiting to hear your pitch, this is a must-attend L.A event in the screenwriting calendar.
DISCOUNT CODE: WRITERJUDY10 (valid until 15 May).
June 2018 – Série Series, Fontainebleau, France
Created in Fontainebleau (France) in July 2012, by an enthusiastic group of leading TV series professionals, Série Series is a television series “think tank”. It has become an unmissable event for all TV professionals: screenwriters, directors, producers, distributors.
15-16 June 2018 – Craft of Comedy UK, Llandudno, Wales, UK
For those who work in comedy and those who’d like to.
June 2018 – Banff World Media Festival, Canada
Bringing together top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The Festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting-edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals. Attracting over 200 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects.
August 2018 – Edinburgh International Television Festival, Scotland, UK
The Edinburgh International Television Festival is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK – bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing us as an industry. The Festival draws around 2000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.
September 2018 – RTS London Conference 2018
Events in television don’t get much bigger than the RTS Cambridge Convention and the RTS London Conference. Held on alternate years, each event brings together the senior leaders and CEOs from the global TV industry for discussion and debate, setting the agenda for the future media year.
If you know of any other screenwriting events that might be of interest to your fellow screenwriters, do let us know in the comments below.