On a Shoestring: The Evolution of Micro-Budget Filmmaking


On a Shoestring: The Evolution of Micro-Budget Filmmaking

UPDATE: Due to weather, this event will now take place on March 19 (originally scheduled for February 6). We apologize for any inconvenience. Individuals who registered for this event will automatically have their registrations updated. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Join us as working producers (and Film Independent Fellows) define micro-budget filmmaking and how its definition has evolved over the years… Under $50k? $500k? $1M?

They’ll discuss their success stories (and misadventures), where to raise money, and how to spend those funds wisely and set realistic goals – not just for production and post, but for the commercial life of your film. Can your budget be so tiny that it jeopardizes your film’s commercial prospects? Panelists will provide insider tips to make the process easier, so you’ll want to repeat the experience, and they’ll offer advice on how to sustain your career as a producer of micro-budget films.


Iram Parveen Bilal (Producer/Director, Wakhri (One of a Kind), I’ll Meet You There)
Directing Lab 2010, Project Involve 2010, Screenwriting Lab 2013

Ron Najor (Producer; Short Term 12, I Am Not a Hipster)
Screenwriting Lab 2016

Gia Rigoli (Producer; Plastico, Anchorage)
Project Involve 2019, Fast Track 2020, Imaginar Producers Residency 2023

Avril Speaks (Producer; African America, Jinn)
Fast Track 2016 & 2022, Producing Lab 2017, CNN Docuseries Intensive 2020

Moderated by Felix Werner (CEO, Modern Media Company)

The evening will conclude with a reception to give Members a chance to meet and chat with the panelists.

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