LSF 2010 : Delegate Feedback Quotes, the first round of feedback is in…! And we just had to share it with you all. We are still colating loads of data, as well as feedback and comments from our terrific speakers. More to come but here is a starter…
'I met writers, producers, editors, agents, directors, actors, script editors, and more… I expanded my network in meaningful ways. I got insights, inspiration and interest: Now that's pretty cool. I found help, understanding and ways ahead. All adds up to a weekend well spent. Priceless really'
Simon Caira – Director
'A three day orgy of screenwriting can't be a bad thing. Writing can be a lonely business and a festival like this is a fantastic way to get you out and talking to real people again. This festival is great value for money – a great way to get out of your comfort zone, meet like minded people and discuss the craft we love. You can get practical advice on everything from managing your finances to handling rejection. You can attend small seminars and get the nitty gritty details or indulge in a bit of fan worship, too. Maybe you'll get inspired and get answers to burning questions or maybe help someone out of a creative rut. For an emerging writer like me it was a great way to increase career prospects by just meeting the people who can help, face to face and having a chat…you really don't know who you might meet over a cup of tea and a cake. Make some new friends – just don't forget your business cards'
ALEX REYNOLDS – Writer
'I thought the LSWF was tremendous, not only did we get to listen and interact with great speakers, the sessions were genuinely informative, educational, entertaining and helpful. I also got to meet fantastic talented people. Where in the 'real' world could you just sit down with a stranger at a table and immediately have something in common? I not only made some brilliant contacts, hopefully I've made a few friends'
PETER SPENCER – Screenwriter
'I genuinely found LSF 2010 to be of great value in improving my knowledge of both the technical aspects of screenwriting as well as the requirements of the surrounding industry. It was packed full of quality sessions covering the whole spectrum from formal lectures through to discussion groups and ultimately speed pitching. The many opportunities to learn when surrounded by so many talented, creative and energised people, both professional and amateur, should not be missed. I thoroughly recommend it'
GORDON SLACK – Screenwriter
'The opportunity to speed pitch was priceless and a brilliant experience that I will never forget. I networked with scores of people with whom I will definitely keep in touch and through whom I have joined local screenwriter groups and signed up for courses and training. Immersing yourself in this world for three days was like heaven and I couldn't recommend it highly enough to people who love screenwriting'
SARA WILCOX – Screenwriter, London
'You know things are going well when on by the second day of the festival it takes you 30 minutes to get from one side of the bar to the other – not because it's people you know but because people you don't are asking how your day has gone and what you've seen. It's great that the delegates feel comfortable enough to put themselves out there'
STEVE WILSON, Screenwriter and film maker
'At cheltenham there was a distinction between the speakers and the delegates. But here (LSF) it feels more intimate and accessible – it feels like the speakers are really available to help you. There's a feeling that we're all in this together'
JAMES DE MARCO, Writer
‘I can't even describe how much I got out of the festival – it was a great learning experience in terms of my writing and I had the great fortune to meet such wonderful individuals who I already know I'll be friends with for a very long time. Everyone I've spoken to post-Festival has said the same thing. You all did a terrific job and I am so very excited for LSWF 2011!’
ALLI PARKER – Writer, London
‘As a writer based in Yorkshire, I found the festival to be of huge use. It made me realise that I am not alone, no matter how I might feel on a day to day basis! Networking was great, meeting other writers was great, hearing the opinions and advice of industry pro's was great too! But, most of all, I walked away with a few new friends and the feeling that I am on the right track and not wasting my time… I'll definitely see you there in 2011’
CHRIS MARSHALL – Writer, Yorkshire
‘The LSWF was invaluable – indeed, life changing… I learned so much; met so many interesting, helpful, talented people (whether fellow writers or other filmmakers); and came away from it bursting with inspiration and enthusiasm (and knowledge!). I cannot recommend it highly enough’
ANDREA MANN – Writer
‘I just want to say that the festival really was amazing. I learned more in three days than in any of the months' long courses I've taken. How terrific to get to hear from people who are happily and successfully working in film, and how great to be at an event on screenwriting where just about everyone is welcoming and accessible. Thank you so much for organising an event with such great content and tone!’
LINDA MANNHEIM – Writer, London
'This was a life changing experience. I came down as an emerging writer who was still unsure whether my ideas were strong enough. However the speed pitching and Euroscript clinic gave such encouraging feedback that I realised they certainly were. As a result I feel I have taken a huge leap forward both in terms of writing and the tenacity required to make projects happen. Thank you very much for organising this event'
E J FISHER – Writer
'No matter how much you think you know, there's always more to learn and ways to up your game; the festival covers it all. You'll leave feeling invigorated and raring to go. It's essential that us writers get a good kick up the arse from time to time, and believe me, this festival wears one hell of a big boot'
MICHELLE GOODE – Screenwriter
'I sensed the beginnings of something extraordinary forming among us. There's a real tingle in the air about the coming months as we realised we were part of a big and bustling mass of screenwriters and that there is work available for the taking, if we take the right steps toward it.'
LEILANI HOLMES – co-founder, OTT FILMS
‘I journeyed from Switzerland to be part of the LSF and it's definitely been worth it. The sheer raw energy bouncing from writer to writer and from room to room was something truly special. The conference was, in my opinion, as inspiring to fresh writers as it was to established ones’
DANIEL MARTIN ECKHART – Writer, Switzerland
'The LSF made me feel part of a large network of like-minded people. It not only gave me a huge amount of valuable information, but more important, it gave me a sense that I was going in the right direction. Meeting the speakers and networking with other writers has been an invaluable experience and I get the feeling that it's all just the start of something very exciting'
DON MCVEY, Writer, London
'I have attended the LA Screenwriters Expo, Cheltenham Screenwriting Festival and LSWF2010, and guess what? The LSWF is the best! The live teleconference with LA screenwriter John August catapulted the LSWF into the modern age'
JAMES DEMARCO, Writer
‘I was in heaven- surrounded by other writers, able to discuss writing all day for three whole days, meeting producers and directors and getting a wealth of tips and information that it probably would have taken years to have gathered on my own’
JUDY COOPER – Writer
‘As a producer and financier on the look-out for new projects, I found it surpassed my expectations. I only wish I could've been there for the full three days and met more aspiring and experienced screenwriters’
ROBERT STEIN-ROSTAING – Producer
‘I’ve taken away so, so many useful hints and tips about how the industry works and how to present yourself properly. Inspired me to come back in 12 months time to make even better use of the opportunities available’
SCOTT MARTIN – TV Production / Aspiring Writer
‘I have a fuller understanding of my way forward. I know that I am not alone and one of many and also that I am in a better position to judge the quality and saleability of my screenplay’
DAVID WAUGH – Writer
‘There are too many nuggets of advice, chance meetings and great opportunities to list. It has been very inspiring and helped me decide what not to do as much as what I want to do’
DARREN JONES – Writer, London
‘It was great having a ‘free’ chat with speakers after the sessions. I’ve learnt it’s all in my hands – not someone elses, I’m going to do more. You have given us all a fantastic festival’
JAN BROWN – Writer / Film Maker, Liverpool
‘Experienced some great sessions from well respected writers about how they got to where they are now. This will help me plan where I focus my efforts going forward and what I can expect to come up against along the way’
JONATHAN REES – Writer, London
‘The festival was an excellent networking opportunity and actually helped me realise what the do’s and don’ts of screenwriting, pitching and networking are’
CHRISTINA GEORGIOU – Writer / Composer, Cyprus
Onwards and upwards!