Audience Award

You get to vote! The Audience category awards this year's crowd pleasing favorite. Our winner receives:

  • 1 Day of Film Set Catering for 30 people from India Sweet and Spices
    Our starving artists will spend one less day starving as India Sweet and Spices will generously cover crafty for one day.
  • Film Set Stills provided by photographer Raymond Liu
    Specializing in production photos for film, theater and television, Raymond Liu will provide set stills for our winning No Budget filmmakers' next venture.
  • Classes/Consultation at No Budget Film School
    Pulling the pretension out of production, NBFS will generously furnish winner with either one-on-one project consultation or classes to turn the micro-budgeting newbie into a micro-budgeting expert.
  • 2 days of rehearsal and/or shooting at cARTel's new DTLA space
    We'll open up cARTel's new office and artistic space in the heart of Downtown to assist the winner in their next No Budget venture, be it as shooting location or rehearsal studio.
  • 6 tickets to Woodkid at Luckman Arts
    Winner will be treated to a concert featuring the French-based director, singer, songwriter as he makes his much anticipated LA debut at Luckman Arts.
  • Producing Software & Labor Guide courtesy of Media Showbiz
    Schedule tasks, set priorities, generate budgets and manage your entire project from one piece of software.
  • Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith Podcast Screening Series
    5 pairs of VIP tickets to any five screenings in the next year
    Arrive 20-30 min before hand and skip the line for reserved seats. This sold out series includes interviews with Hollywood's finest actors, directors, writers, and more.

Critics Choice

The Critics' Choice celebrates the best film as chosen by our esteemed Jury of industry professionals and indie film luminaries. Unique to the Critic's Choice, the winner receives:

  • 1 Year of IMDbPro
    Our critical darling will be treated to one year of IMDbPro, so that they have all of the tools necessary to go from festival favorite to mainstream success.
  • Hair and Makeup on set for up to two days via Lights Camera Beauty
    We're giving our winner a little beauty to go with those No Budget brains.
  • 1 hour sit-down meeting with Brian Udovich of Rough and Tumble Films
    Producer of such beloved indies as THE WACKNESS, Brian Udovich will take our Critics' Choice winner out to lunch to talk all things independent film.
  • Film Set Stills provided by photographer Raymond Liu
    Specializing in production photos for film, theater and television, Raymond Liu will provide set stills for our winning No Budget filmmakers' next venture.
  • Classes/Consultation at No Budget Film School
    Pulling the pretension out of production, NBFS will generously furnish winner with either one-on-one project consultation or classes to turn the micro-budgeting newbie into a micro-budgeting expert.
  • 2 days of rehearsal and/or shooting at cARTel's new DTLA space
    We'll open up cARTel's new office and artistic space in the heart of Downtown to assist the winner in their next No Budget venture, be it as shooting location or rehearsal studio.
  • 6 tickets to Woodkid at Luckman Arts
    Winner will be treated to a concert featuring the French-based director, singer, songwriter as he makes his much anticipated LA debut at Luckman Arts.
  • Producing Software & Labor Guide courtesy of Media Showbiz
    Schedule tasks, set priorities, generate budgets and manage your entire project from one piece of software.
  • Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith Podcast Screening Series
    5 pairs of VIP tickets to any five screenings in the next year
    Arrive 20-30 min before hand and skip the line for reserved seats. This sold out series includes interviews with Hollywood's finest actors, directors, writers, and more.

Cinematography Award

Achieving visual artistry without spending a single penny is a unique challenge. This one goes to the most daring DP, the painter of light and shadow who makes No Budget filmmaking all look like effortless magic. Our most skilled DP on a dime will receive:

  • Lunch date with Tarin Anderson
    Cinematographer of music videos for Death Cab for Cutie, Young the Giant, Nikka Costa, as well as commercials for Dodge, Disney, H&M and more!
  • 1 year subscription to ICG Magazinevia IATSE Local 600
    Provided by the International Cinematographers Guild comes a one-year subscription to ICG magazine- usually a union only exclusive.
  • Gift Card to India Sweet and Spices
    You don't have to be a Hollywood hotshot to eat well, courtesy of India Sweet and Spices
  • 1 year pass to cARTel events
    Curator of some of LA's most beloved film, theater, and music events, including the smash hit Brokechella, cARTel will provide access for one year to every single one of our events.
  • 2 tickets to Woodkid at Luckman Arts
    Winner will be treated to a concert featuring the French-based director, singer, songwriter as he makes his much anticipated LA debut at Luckman Arts.

Innovation Award

Anyone can point and shoot, but some truly challenge our perceptions of what it means to be a filmmaker sans budget. This year's Innovation Prize will be awarded to the submission that best demonstrates ingenuity and cutting-edge use of limited resources. They receive:

  • 2 season tickets to the Pasadena Playhouse
    With a history that can be traced all the way back to 1917, the Pasadena Playhouse is a rich and storied fixture in Southern California's theater scene.
  • Gift Card to India Sweet and Spices
    You don't have to be a Hollywood hotshot to eat well, courtesy of India Sweet and Spices
  • 1 year pass to cARTel events
    Curator of some of LA's most beloved film, theater, and music events, including the smash hit Brokechella, cARTel will provide access for one year to every single one of our events.
  • 2 days of rehearsal and/or shooting at cARTel's new DTLA space
    We'll open up cARTel's new office and artistic space in the heart of Downtown to assist the winner in their next No Budget venture be it as shooting location or rehearsal studio.
  • 2 tickets to Woodkid at Luckman Arts
    Winner will be treated to a concert featuring the French-based director, singer, songwriter as he makes his much anticipated LA debut at Luckman Arts.

Performance Award

There's no time for coddling talent in the world of guerilla filmmaking. Whether it's jumping fences for “free” locations or soldiering on with nary a crafty table in sight, you'd never know if from these actors' faces. This category recognize excellence in performance- from the gripping to the comic. The Performer of the Year receives:

  • Half-Off Voucher for 6-week Course at Anthony Meindl’s Acting Workshop
    Voted the best cold-read and scene-studio studio in Los Angeles by Backstage West, cARTel is partnering with Anthony Meindl’s Workshop to gift our star performer with exclusive access to an intro course for 50% of the regular class fee.
  • 2 Weeks of Bootcamp via La Vie Physical Fitness
    The body is an actor’s instrument. To keep it fine tuned, we’re hooking them up with 2 free weeks for the winner and a friend at one of La Vie Physical Fitness’s 2 locations, (Silverlake or West Hollywood).
  • 2-Look Headshots from photographer Charles Maceo
    We're gifting our favorite thespian with exactly what they need to put their best face forward: professional headshots.
  • 2 season tickets to the Pasadena Playhouse
    With a history that can be traced all the way back to 1917, the Pasadena Playhouse is a rich and storied fixture in Southern California's theater scene.
  • Gift Card to India Sweet and Spices
    You don't have to be a Hollywood hotshot to eat well, courtesy of India Sweet and Spices
  • 1 year pass to cARTel events
    Curator of some of LA's most beloved film, theater, and music events, including the smash hit Brokechella, cARTel will provide access for one year to every single one of our events.
  • 2 tickets to Woodkid at Luckman Arts
    Winner will be treated to a concert featuring the French-based director, singer, songwriter as he makes his much anticipated LA debut at Luckman Arts.

Writing Award

Without the spark of an idea, there is no project, and further, no festival. That's why it's our pleasure to recognize Outstanding Achievement in Writing - it's the most fundamentally No Budget task of all, (unless you're writing on ivory sheets with a pen dipped in gold).

  • Customized Story Specialist Coaching Session via The Writers Store
    Featuring personalized quality feedback from outline to execution as well as a personalized assessment, the Writers Store Specialist team helps writers hone their skills one-on-one.
  • 2 Year Subscription to Written By, official magazine of the WGA, West
    Stay connected to the story of you! We’ll treat our favorite writer to 2 full years of the Writers Guild of America, West’s official mag so that they can keep up with what other showbiz writers are up to, how they got there, and more!
  • Gift Card to India Sweet and Spices
    You don't have to be a Hollywood hotshot to eat well, courtesy of India Sweet and Spices
  • 1 year pass to cARTel events
    Curator of some of LA's most beloved film, theater, and music events, including the smash hit Brokechella, cARTel will provide access for one year to every single one of our events.
  • 2 tickets to Woodkid at Luckman Arts
    Winner will be treated to a concert featuring the French-based director, singer, songwriter as he makes his much anticipated LA debut at Luckman Arts.