Third Annual No Budget Film Festival Comes to DTLA
In an era where indie film budgets still break the million dollar mark, cARTel is doing its part to rally filmmakers to break through budget barriers and create anyway, not letting a lack of funds prevent them from exploring the lengths of their creativity and ingenuity.
This unique festival challenges filmmakers to free themselves of the most frustrating aspect of filmmaking–raising money for a budget. So without cash, what do our filmmakers do? They get crafty. And resourceful. They certainly get creative. But best of all, they collaborate and form inspired new networks of fellow artists and professionals. NBFF, at its core, is an experiment in independent filmmaking in its purest sense. Like everything cARTel, NBFF exemplifies how we promote and celebrate the power of collaboration in creative communities.
This year, the No Budget Film Festival returns to the Downtown Independent for the Sunday night screening and for the first time, is adding a day of panels the day before held at The Last Bookstore and will feature original art based on each of the accepted films on display throughout the weekend.
In the spirit of keeping things low cost, a pass for all three events will run attendees $20.
The Last Bookstore, the cARTel House, Downtown Independent
Jane Espenson (Writer/producer: Buffy, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time, Husbands)
Brad Bell aka “Cheeks” (co-creator, star of Husbands)
Rider & Shiloh Strong (actors/writers/filmmakers/creators/brothers)
Joseph Garner (director Craigslist Joe, associate producer Hangover films)
Cherry Cheva (Writer: Family Guy),
Kirsten Smith (Writer: Legally Blonde, 10 Things I hate About You),
Diana Ritchey (Producer:American Dad, Johnny Bravo),
Tarin Maja Anderson (Cinematographer: HitRECord),
Gingger Shankar(Composer: Passion of the Christ, Circumstance),
Brian Singleton (Dorm Life, Arrested Development),
BritTANick (Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Searching for Sonny, Fox’s new comedy Goodwin Games)
The Vacationeers (LA Film Fest hit It’s a Disaster, starring David Cross and Julia Stiles)
Brian Udovich (indie producer extraordinaire)
Joe LaMattina (producer, Last Call with Carson Daly)
Kyle Buchanan (movies editor, New York Magazine/Vulture)
Issa Rae (2012 Shorty for Best Webseries for her acclaimed Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl),
Terrie Samundara (head programmer IFFLA, programmer Slamdance)
Stacey Marbrey (American Film Institutde/Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Paul Sbrizzi (Los Angeles Film Festival/Slamdance)
Drea Clark (Los Angeles Film Festival/Slamdance)
Saskia Wilson Brown (Cinema Speakeasy/TEDactive Innovation Lab).
Register to cover NBFF 2012 here:
Bonus Features (Panel Day)
August 25th, 1:00-5:00pm
at The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
$10 individual ticket
Like any good film in the Blu-Ray era, we’re pairing our amazing shorts with some equally amazing Bonus Features. Join us as some of the most exciting personalities in the independent world chat all things media: from what programmers at major festivals are looking for to women’s role in the media to how to transition from creating web content to working in film and TV. It’s all happening, and it’s all happening at one of the coolest venues in LA.
Panelists include programmers from Slamdance, LA Film Fest, AFI, and Outfest, web phenoms who are now making a major mark in film and tv, BriTANicK and The Vacationeers, writers of the new Arrested Development, writer/producer Jane Espenson and her co-creator of the award winning web series Husbands, Brad Bell aka Cheeks, and lady leaders in media including writers, producers, composers and cinematographers from properties like Family Guy, 10 Things I Hate About You, Circumstance, Battlestar Galactica, and more. For a complete rundown of our line up, head here: http://nobudgetfilmfest.com/bonusfeatures.php
There Goes The Neighborhood (Gallery Party)
August 25th, 5:00-10:00pm
Hosted Bar Happy Hour 5pm-630pm
at The cARTel House (email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the address!)
$5 suggested donation, free with Bonus Features pass
It’s official: 2012 not only marks the biggest NBFF yet, it also marks cARTel’s official move into its new space right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles! Join us as we celebrate original art created specifically for this year’s films as well as a party to celebrate our new DTLA home.
For the first time in NBFF history, we are commissioning artists to create original pieces inspired by one of our selected films- be it a poster, painting, or even sculpture. This year’s Gallery Party will not only feature the one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by this years’ competing films, but will also serve as a screening space for the honorable mentions, and a few very special world premieres from our judges and panelists, as well as serve as the grand opening of cARTel’s new Downtown LA home. Come join us as we kick-off a new festival and new beginnings in our new space. Come mingle with your fellow No Budget attendees as well as filmmakers and special guests, as we gear up for the festival and celebrate cARTel becoming a permanent fixture in the DTLA scene.
The 3rd Annual No Budget Film Festival Screening
August 26th, 7:00pm
at The Downtown Independent
$11 individual ticket
251 S. Main Street Los Angeles,
All attendees invited to the after party held at a beautiful secret location in DTLA
What is it?: cARTel’s way of challenging aspiring filmmakers to stop talking themselves out of creating and simply give it a go, resulting in a memorable evening of film, drink, food, and celebration of the arts
Events: Just because you got no-budget, doesn’t mean you don’t have style. Opening with a bang in typical fest fashion, the night begins with our indie stars gracing our red carpet in the heart of downtown. http://nobudgetfilmfest.com/planyourexperience
Where: The Downtown Independent- the lifeblood of LA’s independent cinema scene is yet again host to our rag tag crew of renegade artists. http://www.downtownindependent.com/
The Awards: Our films in competition will be eligible for lots of prizes, including awards in Jury and Audience Choice categories, plus honors for outstanding cinematography, performance, writing and innovation. Take a look at our films in competition here: http://nobudgetfilmfest.com/films
The Prizes: Meetings, film stills, acting classes, software, magazines, screenings, craft services and more – the prizes this year and bigger and better than ever. Head here for a look at the complete list: http://nobudgetfilmfest.com/prizes
The Judges: This year, favorites Brian Udovich (indie producer extraordinaire) and Joe LaMattina (producer, Last Call with Carson Daly) return, joining Kyle Buchanan (movies editor, New York Magazine/Vulture), actors/writers/filmmakers/creators/brothers Rider & Shiloh Strong, Joseph Garner (director Craigslist Joe, associate producer Hangover films), Issae Rae (2012 Shorty for Best Webseries for her acclaimed Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl), Slamdance programmer Terrie Samundara, two time No Budget Critics Choice winner Steven Wilson and more. http://nobudgetfilmfest.com/judges.
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA
As you might have noticed, we do a lot of stuff. A lot. We bring locals together through boundary-pushing arts events and highly collaborative, ensemble-driven productions. We fill our audiences and our casts with people who are not interested solely in performing or solely in watching, but rather in sharing the experience of art with one another. We look to empower both long time and beginner artists by providing inspiring opportunities to create and perform, diverse and affordable workshops, and dynamic venues to meet and engage with like-minded visionaries. We believe that a community alive with art will thrive with conversation and understanding, and progress. Art conversing with people conversing with people conversing with art.
“cARTel is a multi-media, multi-discipline production company that doesn’t just put on shows, they put on EXPERIENCES. Attending a cARTel event means every one of your senses will be engaged. You’ll be eating, drinking, laughing, crying, seeing, hearing, and touching their PRODUCTION.”
-LA Travel Bug
“Negin [Singh, cARTel artistic director] hasn’t let her youth or yearly change of residence stop her from spreading a myriad of unique art forms across America. Art is more than just paint and paper, and her work enriches our country in culture and spirit.”
-WhiteHouse.Gov & Hello Giggles’ Women Who Do Good Work Series
“An exemplary illustration of how co-written group theatre should be.”
“L.A.’s best third date idea. … The poignant, often shocking sketches portray stories and secrets from the ensemble’s own family histories.”
“Have you ever experienced something so amazing that it flickers in your memory like a waning neon sign that refuses to burn out? That’s Brokechella to me.”
Wifey of a Roadie
“it was crazy fun and chill at the same time. It was a bunch of people in a warehouse getting free stuff and getting photographed and dancing to random LA bands that should be crazy famous but aren’t and eating and drinking. Big thanks to Cartel: Collaborative Arts L.A. for putting together such a creative and spirited event.”
Almie Rose (Apocalypstick, Hello Giggles)
“The festival celebrates the indie scene in the truest sense of the word…cARTel managed to create a real sense of community for everyone that attended….Brokechella gives the eccentric and eclectic of Los Angeles a place to go to enjoy great local music for next to nothing”
Press Pass LA
SOUND/STAGE SESSION ONE
“This homage to L.A.’s art ancestors blends modern aesthetic sensibilities with classic charm for a night of (in the words of the director Negin Singh) “sustainable story-telling with a little bit of glamour.” Sound/Stagepresents a narrative-driven, lightly staged radio play delivered by charismatic performers, engrossing live music, a special cocktail and tapas menu, and a red-carpet style garden party with tuxedoed musicians and a photographer on hand to capture attendees in their vintage best.”
“This was a creative, unique, and inspired event, definitely recapturing the joy of childhood in adult-style…fans can count on more “boundary-pushing” events from these visionaries in the future”
So Cal Magazine
NO BUDGET FILM FESTIVAL
“The wild West days of the world’s film festivals are not over…There is still plenty of room for up-and-coming filmmakers to get their stuff submitted, accepted, and seen at festivals. Case in point – the No Budget Film Festival.”
Film School Rejects
LIVING ROOM TOUR
“…Intimate, pioneering, conceptually brilliant… one of the best productions we’ve seen this year.”