The festival, which aims to offer a ray of hope amidst industry cuts, is being supported by industry figures including Tim Bevan.

The first London Screen Writers’ Festival will take place in the UK’s capital in October.

The festival will include talks from UKFC chairman and producer Tim Bevan, script writer Dean Craig and BBC head drama commissioner Ben Stevenson.

The three day event is due to take place at Regents College in London’s Regents Park from October 29th -31st 2010 and will include seminars and workshops as well as the chance for writers to pitch screenplays directly to agents and producers.

Creative Director for the festival Chris Jones said that the festival had been created because “the institutions that once supported the creative industries are collapsing around us.”

“We decided to create the London Screenwriting Festival to provide the invaluable support that writers need to turn their project into a reality.”

 Bevan added: “Scriptwriters and producers (and those who work with them) need a festival like this to share experiences and make sure that British scripts and films can compete in the global market.”