Have you got a great idea for a movie?
This is it! The Live!Ammunition! pitching competition returns with a special Raindance Film Festival 2020 edition!
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 Online 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.
The winner will get a £100 Raindance Voucher to use on any of our courses or membership.
How to Pitch
Sign up to the zoom link above. 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.
Raindance Film Festival Special Live Ammo Panellists:
Sandy Lieberson has been a major figure in the film industry in Europe and America since the 1960s, having acted as agent for among others, Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Lindsay Anderson and the Rolling Stones. After producing Performance and Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus, he formed Goodtime/VPS with David Puttnam in 1970, going on to produce some of the most significant films of the 1970s and 1980s. From 1977 Sandy was first vice president of International Pictures and Marketing and later president of production at 20th Century Fox, supervising the international launches of, among others, the early Star Wars films, and supervising the production of films by Herzog, Roeg, Bertolucci, Zinneman, Kurosawa and Ridley Scott. Founder and Chair of Film London, Sandy launched the ground breaking Microwave Fund, Artists Moving Image and Production Finance Market. One of the founders of The Berlin Talent Campus and originator of the Producers Course at the NFTS, Sandy is currently an advisor and contributor to a wide range of organisations and projects dedicated to the development of talent and skill in the film and media industries.
Kim Hudson is a pioneer in personal growth stories. She’s the originator of the ‘Virgin’ story structure.
After studying Writing for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School in 2006, Kim became fascinated with the Hero’s Journey. More particularly, she wondered what the feminine counterpart looked like. After studying Jungian theories, mythology, fairy tales, and many movies that did not follow the hero’s journey, Kim produced an archetypal structure for writing story of learning who you are, despite what everyone expects from you. Her ground-breaking book The Virgin’s Promise: Writing Stories of Creative, Spiritual and Sexual Awakening has become the go-to handbook for personal growth storytellers.
This universal story trope crosses genre, age, and gender. The pattern can be found in a broad range of movies such as Billy Elliot, Her, Moonlight, Lady Bird, About a Boy, An Education, Another Earth, A Quiet Place, The Post, Jojo Rabbit, Avatar, and Joker.
Kim regularly offers weekend workshops at Raindance Film School, London, and Writer Jump, Vancouver. She speaks on the Virgin’s Promise regularly including LA Script Festivals, David Lynch MFA Writing Class, Romance Writers of Australia Annual Gathering, BC Student Film Festival, Women in Film Vancouver, and Yukon Available Light Film Festival.
Kim lives in Whitehorse, Yukon with her two daughters and sheepdog and enjoys hiking and skiing during her free time.
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Rachel’s background is as a film producer, working with BFI, Creative England, UKFC and Tiger Aspect Productions on film and prime-time TV drama. Rachel has been commissioned by the UK Film Council for award-winning short films, and has co-produced a feature film with a BAFTA nominated director.
Alongside producing, Rachel also worked as a freelance script reader and consultant for clients including iFeatures and Creative England. Rachel has trained in producing with the BBC, and in script development with The Script Factory. Rachel has been awarded two Royal Television Society awards for Production Craft as a Producer, and Best Short Film. Rachel is now Programme Director for the MA in International Film Production at De Montfort University, where she teaches development and production craft skills as a Senior Lecturer.
Recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and a finalist of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, Lin has written projects for The Mark Gordon Company, Don Mischer Productions, The Walt Disney Company, Ivanhoe Pictures, The Unison Company (Taiwan), and Wanda Pictures (China).
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Lin produced and wrote the original story for The Unison Company’s Chinese romance film 100 Days directed by primetime Emmy winner Henry Chan (Fresh Off the Boat, Scrubs). The film world premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival and released theatrically nationwide in Taiwan. It won the Audience Award at 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was an official selection at the prestigious 2014 Golden Rooster Hundred Flowers Film Festival in China.
As original story writer and producer, Lin’s Chinese language feature action thriller Retroactive is set up at Wanda Pictures (SouthPaw, The Great Wall). In television, Lin was the head writer for the 2014 Huading Global Film Awards hosted by Lucy Liu. It was produced by veteran Oscars and Emmy Awards producer Don Mischer. Honorees included Orlando Bloom, Halle Berry, Hans Zimmer, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. He also wrote for the 2016 Shanghai Disney Grand Opening Ceremony.
Recently, he wrote a TV pilot for Super Deluxe (former digital studio of Turner/Warner Media) and adapted New York Times’ Best Seller River Town by Peter Hessler for Fugitive Films and acclaimed director Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death, Disney’s Born in China).
From the publisher of Save the Cat! and The Writers Journey, his book CRAZY SCREENWRITING SECRETS: How to Capture a Global Audience is available wherever books are sold with the Chinese edition to be published in Mainland China in 2020.
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.
Previous Life Ammo Panellists include:
Denise Parkinson is Head of Entertainment at Future Media and former entertainment director, global and UK, for the Telegraph Media Group. She has more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing and distribution in the British and international film distribution industry. She began her career at the legendary Palace Pictures, followed by roles at United Pictures and more than a decade as head of film at Emap. Other recent roles include director of international marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Disney, ABC and ESPN, and global entertainment director for Yahoo!
Originally from France, Stéphanie holds a Masters in Business from Audencia Nantes. She began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus. She worked as a story editor on TF1 animated series such as Emmy-nominated Pet Aliens, wrote live-action TV scripts, created a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp for Canal Plus: Valerian & Laureline based on the comics. After directing short films in France she moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at UCLA, She then then set up a UK-based production company Frenzy Films with fellow UCLA alumnus Sean McConville. She wrote, directed and produced her first feature The Quiet Hour starring Dakota Blue Richards and Karl Davies which premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated for Best British Film at Raindance, Best International Film at Sofia Film Festival, won Best Feature at Kansas City Filmfest, showcased at Newport Beach, premiered on Sky Cinema in the UK in 2016. The Quiet Hour sold to multiple territories including the U.S. She is currently pre- producing Sean McConville’s upcoming thriller The Last Moon and developing her sophomore film, Ice, a contained science-driven sci-fi thriller, which was selected for the 2019 JETS Co-Production Initiative during Berlinale where it was voted Best UK Project. ICE was also one of 6 projects selected as part of the Second Film section of the 2020 Sofia Meetings Co-production market during the Sofia International Film Festival and has made the Top 50 in the 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellowship Competition in the U.S. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents and IFP Emerging Narrative in NYC.
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. Rick earned a MA Screenwriting & Research qualification from the London College of Communication in 2001. Since then he has storylined for ‘Family Affairs’ (Talkback Thames/Channel 5), developed projects for Hewland International and Frenzy Films, He’s 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. 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].
Deborah was the Marketing Director for 10 years at United International Pictures (international distribution network set up by Universal, Paramount and MGM). UIP included such diverse titles 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.
Nominated for the Screen International Rising Horror Star Award Kate Shenton is a London based Writer and Director in the Horror Genre. Her feature film Egomaniac had its World Premiere Fright Fest and went onto screen at festival is all around the world including BIFFF and Dublin Horror. Egomaniac enjoyed a successful limited theatrical run in London which ended at The Prince Charles Cinema and is now available on iTunes, Amazon Prime and YouTube.
Her shorts film (Gimp, Bon Appetite and Send in the Clowns) have screen it over 80 International film festivals including Fright Fest, Raindance, Slamdance, BiFan and Encounters. Recently she has released the first season of her web series NETFL!X AND KILL The pilot episode has reached over 10,000 views and she is currently working on Season Two. She also had a number of television projects in development.
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.
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.
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 29th 2020 Event Winners
Winner: Catherine Halder: Brushwork
2nd Place:: Tippy Watson: The Real Greatest Showman
Honorable Mention: Sierra Fallaghan: Wednesday
Honourable Mention: Nadejda Kolpacoff: Diamond in the Rough
Honourable Mention: Roxanne Rapp: Wildcatch
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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