Join us all weekend at:

Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

1. Your Story in 4D with DAQRI - Private Filmmakers and Golden Pig Pass Holders Only

Saturday November 22nd 10:00am-11:00am - Mack Sennett Small Studio

You don't have to be Tom Cruise in Minority Report to enjoy interfaces that come to life with the wave of a hand. Straight out of science fiction, augmented reality is a robust interactive virtual experience you can use today.

DAQRI, the leading augmented reality software company, will present a hands-on training for their software suite and collaborate with NBFF filmmakers to augment their film posters and bring them to life. Posters will be displayed in the lobby of Mack Sennett for the duration of the festival. Download the app for the full experience.

Purchase a Golden Pig Pass to gain access to this workshop.

2. Digital Bolex Hands-on with Co-developer Elle Schneider 

Saturday November 22nd 11:15am-12:15pm - Mack Sennett Small Studio

Join No Budget Film Fest for a hands on workshop with the Digital Bolex. You'll be working directly with this innovative, crowdfunded camera that's already been used by Spike Lee, Ondi Timoner, and major TV shows, instructed by filmmaker and camera co-developer Elle Schneider, who most recently grabbed the independent world by storm with her Indiewire piece “There Aren't Enough Women Cinematographers and That Needs to Change.”

Purchase a ticket to this workshop.

3. #FilmHacks: The Art of Available Filmmaking

Sunday November 23rd 11:00am-12:00pm - Mack Sennett Small Studio

MacGyver your movie with a paperclip, a fishbowl, and a lighter, (okay and maybe a few other things.) The gangs from 5-Second Films and RocketJump Film School (Video Game High School) team up to teach you how to make professional looking movies using only the tools at your disposal. With exclusive-never-before-seen footage and live demos the 5-Second Films and RocketJump teams will show you the tricks and tips of "Available Filmmaking" and how to make those special effects without blowing your budget. 

Purchase a ticket to this workshop.

4. So You've Decided to Be An Indie Film Producer

Sunday November 23rd 12:15pm-1:15pm - Mack Sennett Small Studio

Trust us, they've been there. Get the producing lowdown from our panel of experts.  Producers Jordana Mollick (Life Partners), Effie Brown (Dear White People, Project Greenlight) & line producer, M. Elizabeth Hughes (Short Term 12, Husbands) answer all of your nitty gritty producing questions about where to cut your budget, where to stretch it, and where to shut up and pay for something already. So if you spend nights losing sleep about whether you need a permit or how to get through all of that SAGIndie paperwork, come prepared to ask anything you've ever wanted and let this powerhouse trio steer you in the right direction (and leave with a list of recommended local vendors for your next shoot, to boot!) 

Purchase a ticket to this workshop.

Digital Bolex Hands-on with Co-developer Elle Schneider

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Elle Schneider

Elle Schneider is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and dual recipient of the Marguerite Roberts scholarship for feature screenwriting. Originally from New York City, she works as a director and photographer on fashion films, music videos, commercials, and short narratives. Her photographic work has been displayed in galleries in Los Angeles and in Milan as part of a show for Vogue Italia's Fashion's Night Out. She was the cinematographer of SXSW Film Festival selections I AM DIVINE and THAT GUY DICK MILLER, and is a co-developer and creative director of the Digital Bolex.


Workshop: #FilmHacks: The Art of Available Filmmaking

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Lauren Haroutunian, Dean of RocketJump Film School
Freddie Wong, Co-Creator RocketJump
Nathan Koepp, Editor of RocketJump Film School
Kevin Senzaki, Sound Engineer for RocketJump Film School

RocketJump Film School (RJFS) is a brand new project from RocketJump, the same digital production studio that brought you the insanely popular webseries Video Game High School. Launching December 1st 2014, RJFS is an ongoing educational/tutorial series covering all aspects of filmmaking, produced in the funny, entertaining style RocketJump is known for.


Michael Peter. Michael Rousselet, Tomm Jacobsen, and Joey Scoma from 5-Second Films

5-Second Films is a cinematic comedy team, they have been recognized by TIME Magazine, CNN, Attack of The Show, the Boston Globe, Tosh.0, Spin Magazine, and Larry King for their clever, surreal, lightening paced comedy. They recently wrapped on their feature film, an 80's slasher-comedy titled Dude Bro Party Massacre III.


So You've Decided to Be An Indie Film Producer

Jordana Mollick, Producer, Life Partners

Jordana Mollick is a partner at Haven Entertainment where she produces films, television and theater and manages writers and directors. She produced the feature film LIFE PARTNERS directed by Susanna Fogel which is being distributed by Magnolia and originated as a short play in Unscreened, an annual play series, which Jordana created. She’s currently in post production on HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS directed by Michael Showalter and starring Sally Field and will soon begin production on MANTIVITIES directed by Fred Savage and starring Chris Pine.

M. Elizabeth Hughes, Short Term 12 and Husbands.

M. Elizabeth Hughes received her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Theatre from Wesleyan College in 2006. While at Wesleyan M. Elizabeth directed two plays, one of which she adapted from a short story. A lifelong love of movies and organization led her to a career as a film producer. M. Elizabeth earned her M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing from Chapman University in 2008. Following graduation, she produced the feature film HERPES BOY which toured the festival circuit and won several awards, including Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival and Best Comedy at Comic-Con International Film Festival. Following HERPES BOY, M. Elizabeth worked on WE LIVE IN PUBLIC the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Sundance 2009. In early 2011 she produced MISS DIAL, which premiered at the Macon Film Festival 2013 and is now available in all major video on demand outlets. She line produced the film SAVE THE DATE starring Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival 2012. M. Elizabeth line produced MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare play directed by Joss Whedon, which will be theatrically released in June 2013. She recently co-produced SHORT TERM 12, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2013. She is currently in pre-production for her next feature, DOMAIN, and HASHTAG HAMLET, a multi platform web series that radically modernizes Shakespeare’s most famous play as a social media thriller.

Effie Brown, Workshop participant

Los Angeles based producer Effie T. Brown and her company Duly Noted Inc. were the force behind such critically acclaimed HBO Films as STRANGER INSIDE (directed by Cheryl Dunne, 2001, World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival), REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES (directed by Patricia Cardosa, 2002, winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Performance), and EVERYDAY PEOPLE (2004, Jim McKay). She also executive produced, in association with Sony Screen Gems and Pathe International, IN THE CUT (2003, directed by Jane Campion).

Brown’s next film ROCKET SCIENCE won the Sundance 2007 Grand Jury Prize for Directing and was nominated for Best First Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Actress by the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2009, she produced POLISH BAR and THE INHERITANCE, starring Golden Brooks who won Best Actress at the 2010 American Black Film Festival.

From 2011-2013, Brown re-teamed with the award winning producing/directing team of Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia to produce WIGS, a brand new original content channel for Google/YOUTUBE. The WIGS channel is currently the number one scripted channel on YOUTUBE.

During the summer of 2013, Effie Brown under her company Duly Noted Inc., produced her latest feature film titled Dear White People. The film was accepted to the Dramatic competition category in the 2014 Sundance Film festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent. Dear White People will be released theatrically Fall of 2014.

Ryland Aldrich - Moderator

Ryland is a producer and film journalist based in Los Angeles. He covers the film festival circuit as Festivals Editor for Twitch (, a website that features the leading voices in global cinema. Ryland is currently producing 'Folk Hero & Funny Guy,' a feature comedy written and directed by Jeff Grace and starring Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, and Michael Ian Black.Ryland recently produced the SXSW-premiering feature thriller 'Enter the Dangerous Mind' starring Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, and Scott Bakula as well as the feature documentary 'Do You Dream in Color?' which looks at the dreams and aspirations of blind teens in America. Ryland can be found on twitter at @RylandAldrich (