LOW BUDGET FEST is a celebration of perseverance. We know that it isn’t always access to bundles of cash that create the most skillful artisans. It’s those filmmakers who try then fail then continue to create then refine then create again and… again, that forge themselves into a talented force to be reckoned with.

Our goal is to reward you for your creative efforts and encourage you to film more: better, stronger, faster.

Long Live Cheap Cinema!
– Low Budget Fest

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Q: WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "BUDGET"?

A: Total money spent on this production alone (not including previous investments in equipment, software, training & etc). If it was purchased to help create this project and you intend to still use it for future projects or purposes -- it counts.

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INVERTED SUBMISSION FEES
From past festivals, we noticed it was easier to get accepted the earlier you submitted (when it was cheaper), yet as the submission period progressed the fees would increase though your chance of getting accepted decreased. This feels very unfair.

Since we preview films as they come in, we've decided to reverse our submission fee policy.
• Submit early/higher fee - Greater chance you get accepted
• Submit late/cheap - Lesser chance you get accepted

This is an experiment, but we hope this helps put filmmakers' needs above our own.

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Best LOW-BUDGET Film
Best ULTRA LOW-BUDGET Film
Best NO BUDGET Film
Audience Award

You own the rights.

18 and over.
18 and under with parental/guardian permission.

Submitters warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to the Bad Film Fest.

If accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival.

Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines.

No hate speech.