Have you got a great idea for a movie?
This is it! The Live!Ammunition! pitching competition returns to Raindance.
This time with a brand new partner: Collab Writers – the new online collaborative community for creatives.
This is your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of film industry executives and the toughest critics of all, a Live Audience.
The people on our Panel are the people who matter. They decide what gets made.
Pitching skills are the one skill often overlooked by writers, directors and producers. Learn how it’s done by watching the rest and hone your pitching skills by getting instant feedback. Who knows, your pitch could be taken up by one of our panel. Past Pitches that have gone into production include Meet The Parents (1994), 51st State (1995), Siamese Cop (1996) and White Bhaji (2001).
The panel can, and will, gong you off if they get bored. But they have to give two good reasons why.
At the very least you could leave with a stash load of cash. As is tradition – the winning pitch on the night will take all the fivers in the hat. Additional prizes to be announced on the day.
How to Attend
Get a ticket here, call us on 020 7930 3412
How to Pitch
Sign up to attend and come armed with a £5 note to put into the hat. You will need to register your intention to pitch on arrival at the venue. Twenty places guaranteed to pitch will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once the first 20 places have been filled we will keep a waiting list.
Please note, the demand to pitch is high and admission does not guarantee you a slot to pitch. We will accommodate as many pitches as possible but he best way to ensure your place is to arrive early and choose an early slot.
Not ready to pitch? Then just come, watch, learn and network.
Discover Be Discovered
Book your seat quickly in order to ensure entry. The last Live!Ammo! was completely packed.
Our panellists for 27th January 2020 were:
Claire Jones, producer
As an independent producer, Claire has produced numerous British feature films. She began her career in a city law firm but left the law to enter the world of production, starting out producing numerous shorts, commercials and music videos. Her first short was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy.
Claire’s first film, Ben Wheatley’s KILL LIST, selected for numerous film festivals and winning multiple awards, was released theatrically to critical acclaim. She followed her debut film with producing Wheatley’s next films, SIGHTSEERS and A FIELD IN ENGLAND with Rook Films.
In 2017 and in collaboration with Warp Films, Claire produced the British horror GHOST STORIES. The film starring Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and had its theatrical release that year.
Working once again with Film4, Claire produced THE FESTIVAL, a comedy film starring Joe Thomas, Claudia O’Doherty, Hammed Animashaun and Jemaine Clement directed by Iain Morris for Fudge Park, Film4 and Entertainment Film Distribution. It had its UK theatrical release in August 2018.
Currently she is producing the feature film of the Bafta award winning sitcom, People Just do Nothing. The film, PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING – BIG IN JAPAN follows the Kurrupt FM crew to Tokyo in search of international stardom. The film was developed by BBC Films and BBC Comedy. Universal Pictures International are distributing and is slated for an August 2020 release.
Deborah was the Marketing Director for 10 years at United International Pictures (international distribution network set up by Universal, Paramount and MGM) which included such diverse films as Tomorrow Never Dies, The Thomas Crown Affair, Inside Man, Shrek, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Love Actually, The Ring, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit, Jarhead, United 93, The Bourne Identity, Nanny McPhee,The Rugrats Movie and many more.
Over a period spanning 20 years, Jonathan has been releasing film and TV content from within major studios (Universal Pictures), mini-majors (Momentum Pictures), and top independents (Revolver Entertainment and more recently Arrow Films), across every available platform, model and format, from wide theatrical releasing to direct to DVD.
As the Film Content Manager for Vue entertainment with 20 years experience in the business, Dean has an appreciation for films across the whole spectrum, from the smallest art house and independent films to the biggest of Hollywood’s blockbusters, he can usually spot a hit.
Rick has been the Programme Director of the Raindance Postgraduate Degree since January 2018. He is a Cambridge-based screenwriter, story design consultant, lecturer and mentor.
Since attaining an MA Screenwriting & Research qualification from the London College of Communication in 2001, he has storylined for ‘Family Affairs’ (Talkback Thames/Channel 5), developed projects for Hewland International and Frenzy Films, written a slate of short films and spec features, mentored on First Light, Media Box and BFI projects and written and developed feature screenplays for EON Productions.
He has been trained by the UK Film Council to devise, develop and deliver industry-standard courses on screenwriting and cross-platform story design, and he lectures regularly on various aspects of the writing process
Rick is currently adapting one of his screenplays, Shadowplay, into a six-part serial for TV, and writing and developing a web-based Thriller, Heretic[s].
Additional resources for the pitching competition
The Jury has spoken at past events!
Here is the event on October 1st at the Raindance Film Festival
June 24th 2019 Event Winners
Winner: Callum McKay: Miss Verity
1st runner up: Helen Ducal: Shelf Life
2nd runner up: Liz McMullen: Confined Space
Honourable Mention: Sean Grundy: Cavity
Honourable Mention: Daniel Newman: Kidnapped in London
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The History of Live!Ammunition! Pitching Competition
The first Live!Ammunition! was held in Leicester Square in what is now the VUE West End Cinema in Leicester Square in October 1994 at the 2nd Raindance Film Festival. I invited the comic Emo Phillips to pitch his new film screening two days later during the festival. it was my attempt to rustle up interest in his quirky and amusing low budget comedy. I didn’t realise an acquisitions executive from Universal Studios was in the room who saw and bought world rights for the movie two days later. The film languished in the vaults for five long years when it was remade: Meet The Parents.
The original Meet The Parents has a fascinating Wiki post here.
There’s been dozens of fascinating stories over the years. Many films have started their route to completion at this event including Stel Pavlov’s 51st State.
The Live!Ammunition! pitching competition has been staged over 150 times in New York, Toronto, Berlin and at the Cannes Film Festival and of course in London.
Hope to see you there!
Elliot Grove, founder