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Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition and After Party

Master of Ceremonies: Elliot Grove
Venue: TBA
Date: October 2010 (exact date to be announced)
Duration: Evening
Time: 6:30 - 9pm
Price: $10.00

This is it!
Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top Canadian film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts - they are the people who decide what will be made and what won't.

Your chance to pitch your movie idea to the people who can get it in cinemas in this intense emotionally charged event.

April 2010 Event Panelists:

Dan Lyon - Telefilm Canada
Nicholas Tabarrok - Darius Films
Marc Rigaux - Strident Films
Floyd Kane - Halifax Film

Thanks to all those who came out on a cool evening to support our highly emotional Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition at Czehoski.

Least to say, the stars of the evening are our courageous participants who brought their unique ideas and having the fierce will to face our esteemed panelist and audience in order to have the chance to pitch their work in progress.  Your pitches made the entire event engaging and fun.

Congratulations to the Winners of our Live!Ammunition! Pitching Competition -
Spring 2010

Winner - Randy Brown for All Inclusive
Runner-Up - Ron Sylvester for Fires in the Peace
Third Prize Winners, it's a tied:
Tricia Lee for Ministry of Parenting
Chris Bouloukos for The Big Speaker Scam

Fall 2009

1st Prize - Andre Brunger, Unkindest Cut
2nd Prize – Randy Brown, Hockey Night in Muskoka
3rd Prize – Jason Roti, Help Yourself
Honorable mention – Kevin Jackal Johnston, Thong Man and Yellow Schwarz

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Past Panelists in Toronto

October 2005

* Daniel Weinzweig – Executive Managing Partner - Searchlight
* David Ostry – Director – Milo 55160
* Velcrow Ripper – Director – Scared Sacred
* Warren Sonoda – Writer/Producer/Director – 5ive Girls

April 2006

Steve Gravestock (Host) – Toronto International Film Festival
* Bryan Gliserman – President - Odeon Films
* Daniel Weinzweig – Executive Managing Partner - Searchlight
* Danny Iron – Producer – The Red Violin
* Michael Baker - Director of Acquisitions & Development - ThinkFilm
* Michael Sparaga – Director/Writer/Producer - Sidekick

April 2007

* Daniel Weinzweig – Executive Managing Partner - Searchlight
* Davide Scalenghe – Current TV 
* Jason Anderson – Eye Weekly
* Warren Sonoda – Writer/Producer/Director – 5ive Girls

April 2008

* Anna Stratton - Producer - Lilies, Emotional Arithmetic
Daniel Weinzweig – Executive Managing Partner - Searchlight
* Jason Anderson – Eye Weekly
* Jason Daley - UcreateMedia
* Lucy Johnson - Director of Development - Accent Entertainment
* Sarah Timmins - Producer - Tracy Fragment

April 2009

* Caroline Habib - Mongrel Media
* Dan Lyon - Telefilm
Daniel Weinzweig – Executive Managing Partner - Searchlight
* David Cormican - Minds Eye Entertainment
* Jason Daley - UcreateMedia

*Elliot Grove, Raindance and BIFA Director and Founder

Past Panelists Also Include: 

* Ewan MacGregor, actor
* Robert Jones (UK Film Council)
* Charles Steel, producer (Last King of Scotland)
* Menhaj Huda, director (Kidulthood)
* Elisar Cabrera, international film sales agent (High Point Films)
* Jim Wilson, producer (Shaun of the Dead)
* Matthew Dench, talent agent, (Dench Arnold)
* Dean Goldberg (Park Caledonia)
* Michael Cowan (Spice Factory)
* Richard Elfman, Producer, Director, Actor, Writer
* Jeremy Wooding (Bollywood Queen)
* Penny Woolcock (The Principles of Lust)
* Sarah Gavron (This Little Life)
* Norma Heyman, producer
* Richard Holmes, producer (Gruber Films)
* Brock Norman Brock (The Film Council)
* Roger Corman, Producer
* Lloyd Kaufman, Producer, Actor, Director, Writer
* Shane Meadows Director/Writer (28 Days Later, This Is England)
* Nik Powell (Scala Films)
* Seamus McGarvey-Award winning cinematographer of The Hours
* Anna Thomas - Producer of Oscar nominated 'El Norte' and 'Frida'
* Matthew Vaughan- Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch
* Coline Woodcock (Kuhn and Co)
* Ed King, Development (Rocket Pictures)
* Steve Gaydos Editor, (Variety)
* Antonia Bird - Director, (Ravenous, Face, Mad Love, Priest)
* Tracey Scoffield-Head of Development and Exec Producer
BBC Films
* Morwenna Banks - Writer/Actress, (The Announcement)
* Leslee Udwin - Producer, (East is East, The One and Only)
* Nahrein Mirza - Head of Development, (Littlebird Pictures)




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