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CRITICS Choice

The Critics’ Choice celebrates the best film as chosen by our esteemed Jury of industry professionals and indie film luminaries.

-Film School Rejects- Feature in Short Film A Day Series

-Cypher Blu Rentals - One Week - One Ton G&E Van Packages & Event lighting

-The Green Queen - One Hour Consultations "An Eco-Friendly Film" 

-Cinema Libre -One Hour Consultations "Distribution in the Digital Age"

-Onset Films -One Hour Consultations "Budgeting and Tax Incentives" 

-More prizes coming soon! 

AUDIENCE Award

You get to vote! The Audience category awards this year’s crowd pleasing favorite.

-Film School Rejects- Feature in Short Film A Day Series

-Cypher Blu Rentals - One Week - One Ton G&E Van Packages & Event lighting

-The Green Queen - One Hour Consultations "An Eco-Friendly Film" 

-Cinema Libre - One Hour Consultations "Distribution in the Digital Age"

--Onset Films -One Hour Consultations "Budgeting and Tax Incentives"

-More prizes coming soon!

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.

-Luckman Fine Arts Complex- 2 tickets to Isabella Rossellini "Green Porno" Live

-Onset Films -One Hour Consultations "Budgeting and Tax Incentives" 

-More prizes coming soon! 

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.

-Luckman Fine Arts Complex- 2 tickets to Isabella Rossellini "Green Porno" Live

-Dechart Photography - Full Headshot Session

-Corazon Y Miel - Dinner For Two

-More prizes coming soon! 

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. 

  • Stay tuned for prize announcements in this category

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.

  • Stay tuned for prize announcements in this category