The 6th annual No Budget Film Festival, being held this year in Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz, California, has revealed its lineup for 2015. The one-day festival, taking place on October 18, will present 25 short films, which include several world premieres and curated selections of low-to-no budget shorts from prestigious festivals around the world. Last year’s festival included titles such as “Poop on Poverty,” “Reflecting and Part 1 of 0, the Ennui.”
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In anticipation of the event, the No Budget Film Festival is also hosting several special events in Los Angeles on the weekends of October 3 and October 10. The events include a SFX makeup/wardrobe interactive workshop led by costume designer Leslie Schilling (“Children’s Hospital,” “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”) and special effects makeup artist Bianca Appice (“True Blood”); a low budget stunts demonstration by Iron Relic, followed by a Capture the Flag game with the team behind “Dude Bro Massacre III;” a panel and interactive filmmaking workshop on shooting a movie using an iPhone; and a roundtable panel on socially conscious films/art that teach instead of preach their message.
“We’re so thrilled that our festival has had the privilege to celebrate the art of do-it-yourself filmmaking for 6 years in a row,” says Executive and Artistic Director Negin Singh. “Our goal is to continue bringing recognition to the artists who tirelessly work to make the next big thing – NBFF is their oasis, a place where they can connect with a like-minded community for support.”
The complete film slate is below:
“Clavicles” / Music Video – USA (Director: Pete Scalzitti) In an animation and live action hybrid music video, a young couple must escape their own apartment as violent cannibalistic cartoon monster aliens attack the city.
“Corpus Research Institute” / Animation – USA (Director: Tynesha Foreman) A short training video for Prospective Animal Researchers that values “science” over the well being of Laboratory Monkeys.
“David Lewandowski” / Documentary – USA (Directors: Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long) David is a self taught artist who made a name for himself through commercials and visual effects for large companies, but in his spare time he revels in arcade culture and the
creation of his strange, personal, short films.
“Drama” / Narrative – USA & CHINA (Director: Tian Guan) A young couple are having sex in a car and realize that there are no more condoms left.
“JKTV” / Documentary – USA (Director: Elle Schneider) An intimate documentary portrait of Asian- American performance artist and photographer Joey Kim, who uses adult web streaming sites as a medium for her artwork.
“Meghan is on a Bender” / Narrative – USA (Writer/Director: Chioke Nassor) Girl + booze + sex + theft = Meghan on a Bender.
“Monobrow” / Experimental & Animation – UK (Director: Jaime Pardo) A trippy and menacing music promo that features a playful blend of stark geometrics, tattoo imagery and vibrating skulls.
“Loop Ring Chop Drink” / Animation – UK (Director: Nicolas Ménard) The mundane story of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building.
“Odin’s Afterbirth” / Animation – USA (Writer/Director: Joseph Bennett) A viking warrior sets out on a blood-soaked path of destruction that brings him face-to-face with Norse god Odin.
“One Year Lease” / Documentary – USA (Director: Brian Bolster) Told almost entirely through voicemail messages, One Year Lease documents the trials of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year- long sentence with Rita, the cat-loving landlady.
“Playing in the Streets” / Narrative – USA (Director: Jennifer Daley) A drug addicted party girl questions her sexuality when she can no longer connect with her boyfriend.
“Plug & Play” / Animation – SWITZERLAND (Director: Michael Frei) Anthropoid creatures with plugs in place of heads are up to mischief. Instead of abandoning oneself to the dictates of the raised finger, they soon submit to themselves.
“Randyland” / Documentary – USA (Director: Matthew Kaundart) An exploration of how one man literally captures the sun to create a massive monument to the world and its beauty.
“Russian Roulette” / Narrative – UK (Director: Ben Aston) London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a cosmonaut on Chatroulette.
“N6-4Q: Born Free” / Experimental & Documentary – JAPAN & USA (Director: Sasha Gransjean) From revolutionist to pet fish store owner, Kyoto, has uploaded his story into the collective consciousness before being forced to return to his home country of Japan.
“Still” / Narrative – USA (Director: Dan Woodliff) Two former lovers relive a memory that still lingers.
“Teenage Wasteland” / Narrative – USA (Director: Todd Berger) A sci-fi time travel epic shot over 20 years.
“Teeth” / Animation – UK (Directors / Writers: Daniel Gray & Tom Brown) That which is neglected, is lost.
“The History of Asteroids and the Advancement of Science” / Animation – USA (Directors: Matt Glass & Jordan Wayne Long) A puppet fable.
“The White Room” / Narrative – USA (Director: Chris Smith) Cody is dead. And he has some questions.
“This Home Is Not Empty” / Experimental – Canada (Director: Carol Nguyen) A personal piece questioning the lies we tell ourselves through a metaphorical lens.
“Totally Free” / Documentary – USA (Director: Daniel Soares) A short documentary that explores weirdly wonderful roller skaters, how they got into skating and why it keeps them alive.
“Twiller Parkour 1” / Animation – USA (Director: Morgan Miller) Jeff Twiller’s attempts at parkour.
“Twiller Parkour 2” / Animation – USA (Director: Morgan Miller) Jeff Twiller’s second attempts at parkour.
“Virgil” / Narrative – USA (Director: Fred Soligan) Virgil, a depressed New York City tour guide, tries to navigate life’s ups and downs (mostly downs).
Visit the No Budget Film Festival website for more information.
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