The best shorts and feature films free online. "One of the premier destinations for "true" independent movies" - No Film School. We premiere new films weekly and host live screenings monthly in Brooklyn.
"A must-bookmark location for fans of grassroots, unimpeded, honest films from a variety of voices." -Film School Rejects.
"With the hurdles of theatrical distribution increasing all the time, NoBudge stands as a valuable alternative — a way for ambitious, cash-strapped directors to have their work seen and written about without having to worry over the financial and logistical headaches." Danny King, Village Voice
“Audley’s fierce devotion to truly independent American cinema is vital. His commitment to treating the micro-budget form with the utmost seriousness is needed now more than ever.” Michael Tully, Paste Magazine
"The American independent cinema is flourishing as never before, and its achievements are, both in the realm of individual works and as a sort of loosely but unmistakably collective set of endeavors, among the glories of world cinema. But it’s hard to get to see many of the films in question, not least because the same technological and economic changes that make the films possible have also made theatrical and even home-video distribution tough to land—and some filmmakers are doing something about it. One of them is Kentucker Audley, who, two years ago, made his film “Open Five” available at his own Web site, and has since launched another site, NoBudge, which offers works by many independent filmmakers and showcases them in unusual and original ways.” Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Connoting both minimal means and an essential stubbornness: No Budge.” Steve Dollar, The Wall St. Journal
Awards & Prizes
The NoBudge Awards are selected each year in the following categories:
Best Experimental Film
Best Female Performance
Best Male Performance
Spirit of NoBudge Award
All accepted films are eligible.
Rules & Terms
Why should I submit my film?
-You're looking for a respected spot to Premiere your film online. You'll have complete control over the release and screening window (Most of our films are up permanently, but you can choose a shorter time frame).
-Your film is already online but you want it posted in as many places as possible. You want a new write-up, which will be positive if we accept your film.
-You want your film to be seen within a true indie context. We are focused on movies made for less than 100K.
-To be eligible for the year-end NoBudge Awards, which annually names the best film in 12 categories.
After you Submit:
You will hear back within a week of submitting. If your film is selected we will arrange with you to set up a premiere date (usually 6-8 weeks in advance) and post your teaser / trailer / clip in our Upcoming Films section. NoBudge provides limited promotional support - we post about each film on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Vine accounts - but the individual filmmakers are predominately responsible for getting the word out. We recommend you reach out to relevant films journalists or bloggers.
Note: A rejection is no reflection on the quality of the film. It just means it's not a good match for our current programming. We sincerely appreciate you sharing your film with us.
Can I submit my film if it's already available online?
Yes. Feel free to submit any film regardless of premiere status or existing availability. NoBudge is not an exclusive platform.
Is there a fee to submit to NoBudge?
Yes, there is a $25 submission fee for shorts (under 25 minutes) and $40 for features (over 25 minutes).
Do I get feedback with my submission?
We don't offer feedback on Regular submissions. If you would like feedback, we have a separate category for that: http://nobudge.com/feedback-submissions/.
What type of films do you screen?
All types. Narratives or documentaries or hybrids. We recommend you watch some of the films on our site to get a sense of our taste but we like anything distinct, whether it's naturalistic, stylized, funny or dramatic. Character or tone-based films may have a better chance than plot-driven or genre, but that's not always the case.
Do you accept films from outside the United States?
Yes. As long as it's in English or has English subtitles.
Can I ask for a waiver?
We don't grant waivers. Sorry. We think it's only fair that everyone submits on equal footing.
When do films screen online?
Anytime. Depending on a film’s strategy, a film may premiere directly online, or it may wait till after a festival run. If your film is chosen for NoBudge, you have complete control over the screening availability. Also, you keep 100% of the rights of your film.
Who decides if a film is accepted?
The films are all watched and selected by filmmaker and actor Kentucker Audley.
When will I hear back?
All films will be notified within 1 week if they are accepted or not.
What are the NoBudge Awards?
Every year NoBudge selects some of our favorite films to be recognized with a NoBudge award. It's more of a "Best Films of the Year" list because there is no ceremony or prizes, but we call them awards because there are several different categories like Best Film, Best Comedy, Best Performance, Best Editing, etc. All films that have screened on our site for at least 30 days are eligible. Previous Winners here.
How does NoBudge publicize its films?
We post about every film via our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine accounts. However, we are a small site with no advertising or publicity budget, so it’s largely the responsibility of the individual filmmaker to generate exposure / traffic.
Is NoBudge a distribution company?
No. We curate self-released films. We encourage our filmmakers to seek out additional channels to spread their film. We don't take any licensing rights or collect any profit from your film.
Can I submit my film if I already have a distributor?
Yes, if the distributor makes your film available via Vimeo on Demand or any other embeddable pay-per-view player.
How many people visit NoBudge.com?
We average around 7,000 unique monthly visitors.
How do I submit? Click "Submit" in the appropriate category below and then create a submission account.
*Please note: we don't accept all films on the basis of having no budget. We are a curated site. Thank you.*
Thank you! Can’t wait to see your film!