LIVE!AMMUNITION! Film Pitching Competition Toronto

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(Price includes HST.)
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Pitch your film, TV or web series idea to a panel of film executives, producers and distributors. Or join us to watch and learn!

Date: Sunday 8th September 5pm – 7pm
Location: The Windsor Ballroom, The King Edward Hotel, 37 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9

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Have you got a great idea for a movie?

This is it! The Live! Ammunition! film pitching competition returns to Raindance Toronto.

This is 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. And they are the ones that decide what films get on TV and which play in cinemas.

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 a Movie

  • 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.

The Prizes!

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 movie pitch

Discover. Be Discovered.About

Book your ticket quickly in order to ensure entry. The last Live!Ammo! pitching competition was completely packed.

Your Host

Elliot Grove 2018

Elliot Grove

Toronto-bred Elliot Grove founded Raindance in 1992 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. He’s produced 700+ shorts and five feature films. He’s also written three industry standard text books. It was ellioot who invented this movie pitching competition

Elliot resides in London, England. He tours the Raindance hubs in New York, LA, Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Beijing and Tokyo.

Your Panelists

Corky Kessler

Corky Kessler Raindance

Author, talent agent and creative industry entrepreneur, Corky Kessler has worked as an entertainment attorney and executive producer on over 4 dozen features. He has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience. He regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film development and tax incentives in connection with the entertainment industry.

He has authored a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives. The industry trades have written that what Corky has set up through Rubenstein Business Law is a “one stop shop” firm for the entertainment industry. In 2016, Corky was named the top entertainment lawyer in the United States.

Corky has successfully worked with Governors and US Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investment in qualifying film and television projects, which has led to innovative and ground-breaking legislature led to the creation of new incentives for film, television and theatre.

Corky is active in establishing and advising various film funds and film funding sources in North America, and is expanding internationally. In October 2012, Corky signed a Memorandum of Understanding with private investors from China for a $200 million co-production deal with the US

Corky has represented several authors and negotiated publishing deals with several major publishers, including Random House and Doubleday. He has assembled and built winning teams for more than 30 entertainment and other business ventures. Corky has also developed, packaged and executive produced feature films, theater and television projects, including The Sum of Us starring Russell Crowe, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Film; and Certifiably Jonathan, starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman and others.

Ali Mashayekhi

Ali Mashayekhi

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 DriftIn 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.

*New panelists added as confirmed

Previous Panelists From the April 1st Event

Al Magee

 Photo by Tim Leyes

Al Magee has created and produced hundreds of hours of innovative scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Award winning digital series include Night Chef, I Kill Monsters and Andy & The Upside. He consulted on CBC’s Republic of Doyle and Mr.D, after completing two seasons as Showrunner on comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie, after running his sit-com hybrid The Smart Woman Survival Guide for W. As the Creative Consultant to Showcase, he launched Showcase Originals and for eight years had a hand in every script, edit, casting and creative decision on such hits as Trailer Park Boys, Slings & Arrows, Naked Josh, Billable Hours, Rent-A-Goalie, Show Me Yours, Moose TV, Kenny vs. Spenny, Kink and, Webdreams. Under his banner Magee TV, Al created, produced and sold over 500 episodes of non fiction TV: Designer Guys, Love By Design, Design Rivals, So Chic, Partydish, Fixing Dinner and international success Everyday Exotic.

With over 50 feature film credits, Magee began as a writer and story editor on independent Canadian feature film on breakouts like Roadkill and Highway 61. As a trainer and mentor, Magee has been the CFC’s Professional in Residence for 20 years and designed and delivered multiple programs for the CFC, NSI, the Atlantic Film Festival, CBC Training, Telefilm, OMDC, numerous international broadcasters and universities. He is a past recipient of the WGC’s Alex Barris Mentor of the Year Award, and the Innovative Producer of the Year at the Banff Television Festival.

Ana Golja 

Ana was born in Toronto, Canada on January 31st 1996. At the age of 5, Ana started to dance, and her love for performing grew stronger as she grew older. She began acting at the age of 9, and landed her first audition by playing Lucy in 1-800 Missing. From there, Ana went on to play a variety of roles in a number of film and television productions for various networks. Ana is most known for her work in a feature film called Full Out, an inspirational sports drama, that aired on NBC, Family Channel and is now on Netflix (worldwide). Ana’s work in Full Out earned her a Canadian Screen Award nomination in 2016. Ana also starred as the fierce and trouble-causing diva, Zoe Rivas on the Emmy nominated drama, Degrassi, airing on TeenNick and Netflix worldwide. Most recently, Ana decided to expand her horizons by taking on the role of a producer, as well as lead actress, in The Cuban, starring alongside Oscar winner, Lou Gossett Jr and Oscar nominee, Shohreh Aghdashloo. The film is set to hit the festival circuit in 2019.

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4 reviews for


LIVE!AMMUNITION! Film Pitching Competition Toronto

  1. Sharon Babineau (verified owner)

    Great place to pitch an idea. Panel and audience are a joy to be around!

  2. Imbi Kannel

    Congrats to Sheila, Justin and Natalie!!

  3. Wyatt Lamoureux (verified owner)

    I was happy to get in on the pitching and the panel feedback was excellent and helpful for my future pitches. In 2020, I hope to be able to do the whole day!

  4. Robert Pelt

    The pitch contest was a total rip off, I want my money back! The first twenty-five contestants were given a full five minutes to give their pitch and received about five minutes of panel feedback, but the last ten contestants were only given time for a two-minute pitch with no panel feedback. Rip off!

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