Second Annual No Budget Film Festival Being Held At Downtown Independent August 25th

15 films, picked from over 50 submissions, that had only two rules: Be under eight minutes and cost zero dollars to make. Judges include creatives from Bellflower, X-Men:First Class/Thor, Cheers, The Guild, and more
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Aug. 22, 2011 - PRLog -- For the second year in a row, cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, in collaboration with RentFoodBroke, Showbiz Entertainment, Red Elevator Productions and the Downtown Independent , is mounting its No Budget Film Festival, our way of challenging broke LA filmmakers to stop talking themselves out of creating and simply give it a go.The restriction of not being allowed to spend any money whatsoever can be surprisingly freeing and produce fantastic results. That’s right - every accepted entry into this festival did not spend a dime to get it made.

None. At all. Nothing, zip, zero. Our filmmakers relied on their creativity and imagination, only using what they and their friends already had or could borrow.

The finalists will be screened at the beautiful Downtown Independent's 250 seat theater on August 25th, the winners picked by a specially selected judging panel of industry insiders, followed by a reception in the space, with live music, a raffle, a photo booth and playing with the theme of “No Budget”, gourmet versions of foods we eat while on a budget, from Whim Kitchen. And of course, Downtown Independent’s famous ‘beer & wine by the cheap’ bar will be up and running in the lobby and on the rooftop terrace.

Festival Details:
Thursday August 25th
The Downtown Independent.
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1033
Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door
Doors/Special Performance 8:45pm
Screening 9:15pm

Reception Details:
Immediately following the screening
A live performance by The Black Noise
Winners Ceremony
Photo Booth
Cash bar
Delicious Eats from Whim Kitchen

Tickets and trailer can be found here:

Last year's winning films:
Teenage Mountain Lion:

No Contest:

Current Raffle prizes include: Cooking classes, 2 free tickets to The Big Quiz Thing, clothing from Red I Nation, free admission for 2 to everything cARTel for one year, two free personal training sessions with La Vie Physical Fitness


'Til Death Do Us Part
Directed by Nanca Miyata/Produced by Teaser Tuesday

The Proposal of Ralph Jenkins
Directed by Katie French/ Produced by Bad Bonsai Productions

Once Upon an Evening Out
Directed by Andrew Lewis/ Produced by Andew Lewis and Alexa Teal Green

The Drop
Directed by Nik Kazoura/ Produced by The Kloons

Little White Pill
Directed by Matt Soson/ Produced by Matt Soson

Couch Surfer
Directed by David Branson/ Produced by Shuttereye

The Ballad of Sinder & Maddy
Directed and Produced by Jessica Rose-Felix

Kidz Parties
Directed and Produced by Justin Baker

The List
Directed by Keiko Saito/ Produced by Pasadena City College

Bare Feet
Directed and Produced by Jesse Johnson

The Bellybutton
Directed and Produced by Steven Wilson

Fruit Whoops!
Directed and Produced by Nick Smith

Imaginary Friends
Directed by Kingsley Irons/ Produced by Dances Made to Order

Next Level
Directed and Produced by Anton Sokolov

Captain Hook: Vampire Hunter
Directed and Produced by David Kantrowitz


Ashley Edward Miller (Writer/Producer):
Credits include the screenplay for Marvel’s Thor, directed by Kenneth Brannagh, and X-Men First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn and multiple projects currently in development. In the realm of television, has worked on The Twilight Zone (2003), Andromeda, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Fringe as story consultant, writer and producer.

Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (Writers/Producers):
Eight Emmys, four Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, The People’s Choice, Parent’s Choice,The Writers’ Guild, TV-Land Legend, and Annie Awards for writing/producing Cheers and creating Disney's acclaimed animated series/feature film, Teacher’s Pet.
Other TV: The Jeffersons, Who’s the Boss, The Facts of Life, Family Ties.
Broadway: Bill co-wrote The Pee-wee Herman Show.
Off-Broadway. Both Cheri and Bill are alums of the Groundlings.

Evan Glodell & Vincent Grashaw (Filmmakers):
Their film, Bellflower, made its World Premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it garnered glowing reviews from press and audiences. Bellflower has also screened in almost a dozen film festivals nationwide, including the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. Distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories purchased the film and it was released this month in theaters nationwide. Currently, Coatwolf is in development on their next feature film.

Joe LaMattina (Director/Producer/Editor):
The Director/Producer//Editor of Last Call With Carson Daly, Harlem Heights, This Show Sucks, and more. Check out his reel.

Brian Udovich (Producer):
Producer of The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Key Man and more. In 2005, The Monster and the Peanut was awarded the Academy of Television Arts and Science's (Emmy) for best dramatic student film as well a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was also awarded the Robert M. Mongomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by Illinois Wesleyan University.

West McDowell (Producer):
West McDowell was born in Los Angeles, CA, and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Inspired by the vibrant Downtown Las Vegas subculture of eccentric artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, he discovered his passion to produce motion pictures as an undergrad at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2004, as a freshman at UNLV, he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent numerous surgeries and treatments of chemotherapy. West won the CineVegas Emerging Filmmaker Award in recognition of his producing achievements and was cured of cancer during the summer of 2005. After graduating in 2008, he was accepted into the American Film Institute where he earned an MFA in Producing and was the recipient of the Jack Oakie Scholarship. West’s graduate thesis film was awarded the Gold Medal for Narrative at the 38th Student Academy Awards, and was also recognized as 1st Place Drama at the College Television Awards.

John Schmidt (Cinematographer):
John Schmidt has lensed several feature films and web-series such as The Guild and Legend of Neil. Recently he has been shooting an original series named The Morning After for Hulu while in prep for his second east coast feature. John has worked in various formats ranging from no-budget shorts to episodic television and union features. Now living bi-coastally, he splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Kate Erbland (Critic):
Kate Erbland is the former Managing Editor and Head Film Critic for the dearly departed Gordon and the Whale, the little website that could (at least for four years). She is now slinging words about cinema for Film School Rejects and MSN Movies' The Hitlist and anyone else who will have her. She has covered a number of festivals over the years, including Sundance, SXSW, LAFF, AFI Fest, and Outfest. She's never walked out on a movie and doesn't plan on starting anytime soon.

The prizes:

Critics Choice award winners will win:
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, which will be featured on the front page of the website.
6. A spot on next year’s Judge’s Panel

Audience Choice award winners will win:
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!

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