On Thursday night, August 25th at the Downtown Independent, 15 films made for absolutely no money screened at the Second Annual No Budget Film Festival, thrown by cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, in conjunction with Rent Food Broke, Showbiz Media and Red Elevator Productions. The sold out event brought together 250 filmmakers and lovers of film to celebrate what can happen when artists stop allowing money to dictate when, where and how they can create.
Many of the films presented can be viewed online; links are provided below.
After the films screened, each audience member voted for their two favorite films, then headed downstairs to hear live music from The Black Noise or upstairs to the roof for free gourmet sandwiches and a specially created take on a party mix from Whim Kitchen, as cARTel staff members tallied up the votes and the judges huddled up in a room for a secret deliberation to determine their pick.
An hour after the screening ended, the entire crowd gathered downstairs for the winner’s ceremony.
The Audience Choice went to Jesse Johnson, for her documentary Bare Feet.
1. $700 worth of Budgeting and Scheduling software from Showbiz Software, as used by all major networks and tv shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, 24, and more.
2. A 90 minute publicity photo session with V.V.H photography
3. A half hour pitch meeting with Attention Span Media - the makers of Hulu's #1 most popular web series, Dorm Life.
The Critic’s Choice went to comedy, The Bellybutton, directed and produced by Steven Wilson
1. A fully produced film premiere of the winner's next film, including space, press, reception, and more... FREE (a $1500 value)
2. $700 worth of Budgeting and Scheduling software from Showbiz Software, as used by all major networks and tv shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, 24, and more.
3. A 90 minute publicity photo session with V.V.H photography
4. A half hour pitch meeting with Attention Span Media - the makers of Hulu's #1 most popular web series, Dorm Life!
5. A feature interview with Rentfoodbroke.com, which will be featured on the front page of the website.
6. A spot on next year’s Judge’s Panel
Honorable Mentions went to
Til Death Do Us Part (Musical Comedy),
Directed by Nanca Miyata, Produced by Teaser Tuesday
Captain Hook: Vampire Hunter (Animation)
Directed and Produced by David Kantrowitz
The Drop (Music Video)
Directed by Nik Kazoura, Produced by The Kloons
1. The 2011 Showbiz Directory, with every listing for everything you would ever need to make a film.
2. The 2011 Showbiz Labor Guide
3. A year’s worth of tickets to cARTel shows/events
The critics panel featured an enthusiastic and eclectic group of behind the scenes creatives, including Bellflower’s Evan Glodell and Vincent Grashaw (who brought along Medusa!), writer/producer Ashley Edward Miller (Thor, Fringe), producer Brian Udovich (The Key Man, The Wackness), producer/director Joe LaMattina (Last Call with Carson Daly), producer/writer Bill Steinkellner (Cheers), director/producer West McDowell (2011 Gold Medal Narrative at the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards), Cinematographer John Schmidt (The Guild), and film critic, Kate Erbland (Film School Rejects).
(Audience Choice Winner)
Directed and produced by Jesse Johnson
(Critic's Choice Winner)
Directed by Steven Wilson
Produced by The Wait List
'Til Death Do Us Part
Directed by Nancy Miyata
Produced by Teaser Tuesday
Captain Hook: Vampire Hunter
Directed and produced by David Kantrowitz
Directed and produced by Kingsley Irons
Produced by Dances Made to Order
Directed and produced by Anton Sokolov
Directed by David Branson
Produced by Shuttereye
Directed by Nick Smith
Produced by Friends in Real Life
Directed by Nik Kazoura
Produced by The Kloons
Directed by Keiko Saito
Produced by Pasadena City College
Little White Pill
Directed and produced by Matt Soson
Once Upon an Evening Out
Directed and produced by Andrew Lewis
The Proposal of Ralph Jenkins
Directed by Katie French
Produced by Bad Bansai Productions
The Ballad of Sinder & Maddy
Directed and produced by Jessica Rose-Felix
Directed and produced by Justin Baker