Have you got a great idea for a movie?
This is it! The Live! Ammunition! pitching competition returns to Raindance Toronto.
Your chance to pitch your film, TV or web series idea directly to a panel of film industry executives and the toughest critics of all — a live audience.
The people on our Live! Ammo! Panel are the people who matter. They decide what will be made.
Pitching skills are the one skill often overlooked by writers, directors and producers. The purpose of this pitching competition is to hone your pitching skills by getting instant feedback.
How to Pitch
- Register above to attend
- On arrival, get on the list to pitch
- Come armed with a $5 bill to toss in the hat
- Give us your best pitch in 2 minutes or less! Features, shorts, TV series, web series, documentaries — we wanna hear ’em all!
Please note, the demand to pitch is high and admission does not guarantee you a slot to pitch. The best way to ensure your place is to arrive early!
Not quite ready to pitch yet? Then just come on out for a fun evening! Watch and learn as the pitchers get valuable feedback from our esteemed panellists.
As is tradition, the winning pitch will take the total cash in the hat. Additional prizes announced that night.
Additional resources for practising your perfect pitch
- Pitching Essential for Filmmaker and Screenwriters — excerpt from Raindance Writer’s Lab by Elliot Grove
- 14 Things You Can Do to Bring Power and Success to Your Pitches — Michael Wiese
Discover. Be Discovered.
Book your ticket quickly in order to ensure entry. The last Live! Ammo! was completely packed.
March 2018 Panelists
Amy Cameron is an award-winning journalist, author, TV series creator, broadcast executive and executive producer. She is also the co-founder of Cameron Pictures Inc., an independent production company she runs with her sister Tassie Cameron.
She is an executive producer on Cameron Pictures’ first two productions, the six-part dramatic series Mary Kills People for Global TV (Canada) and Lifetime (US), and the upcoming CBC comedy Little Dog. Mary Kills People premiered in January 2017 to over one million viewers on Global, and Little Dog premieres in March 2018.
Prior to creating her own company, Cameron was the Executive in Charge of Production at CBC TV Drama for the critically acclaimed The Book of Negroes (which won nine Canadian Screen Awards and an NAACP award in 2016.) She also oversaw the ratings giant and award-winning series Heartland and shepherded the eight-part limited series Shoot The Messenger through development and production.
In addition to her previous work as a comedy production executive at CBC (Little Mosque on the Prairie, InSecurity, Gavin Crawford’s Wild Wild West), Cameron worked as the Head of Development at Vérité Films and was also the co-creator and writer on CBC’s Wild Roses. Cameron is an award-winning journalist (Maclean’s, Owl Magazine, The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal) and author of Playing with Matches: Misadventures in Dating (2005).
A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, Cameron also has a BFA from Concordia University and a diploma from a very fancy fashion design school in Paris, France.
Bruno Marino is a Toronto based-producer. He has produced over 40 films including Tapped Out starring Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Anderson Silva (UFC Superstar) distributed by Lionsgate , Gridlocked starring Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Vinnie Jones (Snatch) and Trish Stratus (WWE Hall of Famer) available globally in over 150 countries and most recently executive produced The Sound, starring Rose McGowan (Scream) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) theatrically released by Samuel Goldwyn and Black Water starring Jean-Claude Van Damme (Universal Soldier) and Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) set to release in the summer 2018.
His films have premiered at film festivals worldwide and have garnered over 10 Best Feature awards. Bruno is also an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America, Canadian Media Producers Association and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He operates under his banner High Star Entertainment Inc., a production company that develops and produces high quality content for the domestic and international marketplace.
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3012041/
Since starting in 2003 with a self-funded indie short film, Ali Mashayekhi has produced several Japanese music videos, multiple short films and two features, most recently being the film, Let’s Rap (2015), starring Jason Priestley, and comedic TV pilot Day Players (2016), starring Kristian Bruun of Orphan Black.
In addition to his fiction slate, Ali has created the lifestyle TV series Style Atlas and the travel show Japan Drift. In 2016, Mashayekhi started the digital distribution company Without a Flock Films & Distribution with Film Director, Neil Huber, and Executive Producer, Al Magee, with a focus on independent, character-driven features. Without a Flock recently partnered with Raindance Canada to present LIVE OPTION!, Canada’s first-ever live pitch screenplay acquisition competition, which held its inaugural event in November 2017.
Ali completed the Producers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in 2016.