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Resources for low-budget filmmaking

Books

THE GUERILLA FILMMAKERS' HANDBOOK, 2nd Edition
Chris Jones & Genevieve Jolliffe, Continuum, London, 2000
A good review of this publication can be found at:
www.netribution.co.uk/features/reviews/book/guerilla_filmmakers.html

RAINDANCE PRODUCERS' LAB LO-TO-NO BUDGET FILMMAKING
Elliot Grove, Focal Press 2004
Elliot Grove has worked on hundreds of low-budget productions, teaches Low-to-No Budget filmmaking courses and runs the Raindance Film Festival (the largest independent film festival in Europe.)

FILMMAKERS AND FINANCING: BUSINESS PLANS FOR INDEPENDENTS
Louise Levison, Focal Press, 2003.
A step-by-step approach to creating a business plan that will attract investor financing. New CD-ROM includes hands-on exercises and spreadsheets for practice. New chapter on short films.

DIGITAL FILMMAKING 101. AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PRODUCING LOW-BUDGET MOVIES
Dale Newton, John Gaspard, Focal Press, 2001
An inside look at the secrets of making professional-quality digital moviemaking on ultra-low-budgets. How low? How about $10,000 or less? Newton and Gaspard give real-world advice on scripting, financing, casting, production, distribution, trouble-shooting and more using their own 'in the trenches' experience.

Online Articles

These three seminal articles from Filmmaker Magazine were written by Peter Broderick in the early 90s, which helped catalyse the ultra-low-budget movement in the USA.

'The ABC of no-budget filmmaking'
http://www.nextwavefilms.com/ulbp/abc.html
This article contains case studies of: The Living End, Laws of Gravity, El Mariachi.

'Learning from Low-budgets - case studies'
[article courtesy of Filmmaker Magazine, Volume/Issue: Vol.2/No.2 Winter 93/94]
http://www.nextwavefilms.com/ulbp/learning.html
Includes case studies of: Clerks, Grief, Clean, Shaven.

'Crossing the Line'
[article courtesy of Filmmaker Magazine, Volume/Issue: Vol.2/No.3 Spring 1994]
http://www.nextwavefilms.com/moviemaking/lost.html
Includes case study on the video-shot film The Last Words.

Visit IndiVision resources on the AFC website for more tips on low-budget filmmaking.

US websites

INDIEWIRE
An online community of independent filmmakers and aficionados.
http://www.indiewire.com/

Search the news archive at:
http://www.indiewire.com/search/

Sign up for the Indiwire e-newsletter at:
http://www.indiewire.com/signup.cgi

UNHOLLYWOOD
Methods of micro-budget independent movie making
http://unhollywood.com/methods.htm

FILM SECRETS
Guerilla filmmaking resource
http://www.rivalquest.com/guerilla/

DVXUSER.COM
The online community for digital filmmaking
http://www.dvxuser.com

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
The Sundance Institute was established in 1981 by Robert Redford. Since the first labs and workshops, Sundance Institute has supported nearly 1000 artists' artistic development programs in film, theatre, and film music, and thousands more through the annual Sundance Film Festival. The founding values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with artists from the United States and increasingly with artists from other regions of the world.
http://www.sundance.org

Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs
Next accepting applications in the northern hemisphere's spring 2006
http://institute.sundance.org/jsps/site.jsp?resource=ffp_labs_home&sk=sFBbDWPgkORs82I3

To subscribe to Sundance e-newsletter Sundance Institute Insider, go to:
http://www.sundance.org/subscribe/default.aspx

FILM HELP
Practical low-budget filmmaking advice from Greg Pak, director of award-winning films including Robot Stories.
http://www.filmhelp.com/

NEXT WAVE FILMS
Designed to be a resource for independent filmmakers working with very limited resources. For those needing to do more with less, we will provide as much useful information as possible.
http://www.nextwavefilms.com/moviemaking/index.html

MOVIEMONEY.COM: ASK LOUISE
Ask Louise is an online resource that offers independent filmmakers, multimedia producers, online entrepreneurs and others the opportunity to have questions about financing their projects answered by Louise Levison, author of Filmmakers & Financing, 4th Edition, and editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter.
http://www.moviemoney.com/cgi-bin/asklouise.cgi

European websites

MAURITS BINGER FILM INSTITUTE
The demand for well-developed scripts with an international appeal is constantly on the increase. This is one of the main reasons why the Maurits Binger Film Institute was established in 1996 to provide screenwriters, script editors, directors and producers with the opportunity to upgrade their skills under the guidance of prominent filmmakers and experienced tutors from around the world.
http://www.binger.ahk.nl/

EQUINOXE TO BE CONTINUED
Screenwriters' workshops. Twice a year, during one intensive week of work, exchanges and reflections, 10 to 12 selected screenwriters meet with 10 to 12 professional advisors in Paris.
http://www.equinoxetbc.fr

CANNES RESIDENCE
Every year, the Festival de Cannes Residence welcomes 12 young filmmakers from all over the world who are working on their first or second feature film. A jury presided by a renowned director selects six candidates for each of the two four-and-a-half-month sessions per year. The candidates are selected on the strength of the short films, or the 1st feature, that they have already directed as well as on their planned feature and the reasons why they wish to participate in the Residence program.

Next session 28 February - 10 July 2006. Final date for applications: 19 September. Final Jury selection date: 9 December.
http://www.festival-cannes.org
(see Residence du Festival logo on the top left) for regulations and entry form.

BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS
The Berlin International Film Festival invites 500 young filmmakers from all over the world to attend workshops, share ideas and mingle with international stars and colleagues during the Berlinale Talent Campus Week, 11-16 February 2006.
Application deadline: 1 November
http://www.berlinale-talentcampus.de/

UK websites

EXPOSURE
UK site on low-budget filmmaking.
http://www.exposure.co.uk/

NETRIBUTION FILM NETWORK
The UK's largest film industry website includes extensive global festival and funding information, as well as an archive of exclusive interviews with leading filmmakers (John Waters, Darren Aronofsky, Jean Luc Goddard, etc).
http://www.netribution.co.uk

BRITFILMS
Britfilms.com acts as a gateway to a world of useful information published on the internet about the British film industry.
http://www.britfilms.com/

FILMMAKING.NET
Founded in 1994, filmmaking.net is one of the oldest filmmaking resources on the internet. The site provides reference and a community for new and independent filmmakers around the world (the internet filmmakers FAQ is especially informative).
http://www.filmmaking.net/

MOONSTONE
Moonstone International Screen Labs is about experience in every sense of the word. Founded in 1997 in consultation with Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, Moonstone supports the work of European independent screenwriters and directors of vision, through its programme of advanced project-based development and training.
http://www.moonstone.org.uk

MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Raindance combines Raindance, Raindance East and Raindance Kids Film Festivals, Training Courses, Raindance Film Productions and the Raindance Film Magazine, and every year hosts the prestigious British Independent Film Awards in London. Raindance spans the full spectrum of the art, craft and business of independent movies - from guerilla style low or no-budget productions to big budget indie blockbusters.
http://www.raindance.co.uk/

Also Indietips section:
http://www.raindance.co.uk/resources/indietips/

Australian websites

FILM INFO
Filminfo is a website devoted to providing FREE educational information on filmmaking and promoting Australian filmmakers. This website guides filmmakers on funding, budgets, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and provides industry templates (call sheets, location surveys, 2nd AD Reports, etc.) Also provides a monthly magazine that puts the spotlight on Australian technical crew.
http://www.filminfo.com.au

Article on low-budget DV productions
http://www.filminfo.com.au/filminfo/faq/lowbudgetdvprod.asp

URBAN CINEFILE
A comprehensive, independent movie magazine exclusively on the internet, with a distinctly Australian perspective, offering news, box office figures, reviews, interviews, features and essays. Also carries information on selected video releases. Readers can submit comments and letters; free Movie Club membership.
http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (ASDA)
The ASDA website provides information of interest to its members - film directors, TV directors, documentary filmmakers, animators and independent producers; information on membership; professional development and cultural activities such as the Directors Attachment Program, master classes and directors' screenings and more.
http://www.asdafilm.org.au/

SPAAMART
SPAAmart is a competitive entry marketplace in which a select group of highly developed market-ready projects are showcased to potential investors from Australia and overseas. It runs for three days alongside the SPAA conference.
http://www.spaa.org.au/conference_2005/index.cfm?dx=blank&contentID=625

SPAA FRINGE
Australia's leading annual conference for emerging and low-budget film and television producers.
http://www.spaa.org.au/fringe_2005/

GEOFFREY.COM
A free information site for film and TV producers, directors, screenwriters and actors. BLOGs, forums, reviews, articles, interviews and our random story generator. Good for Australian film news and articles.
http://www.geoffrey.com.au/

See Also

IndiVision
Tips on Making Low-Budget Features