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No Budget, No Limits: Inspiration for Amateur Production

"Improve your films not by adding more equipment and personnel but by using what you have to its fullest capacity. The most important part of your equipment is yourself: your mobile body, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both. Make sure you do use them."
- Maya Deren

100 films for low/no-budget inspiration. Formal ingenuity, creativity, new ways of approaching film - all made on very low budgets. The more movies I watch, the more I realize that the cheapest tend to be the most exciting. List assembled on 11/25/19 based on current tastes, will go untouched.

There are 40 dramatic films in this list.

  • The Angelic Conversation
  • Blast of Silence
  • Bullet Ballet
  • Carne
  • Combat Shock
  • The Dance of the Paroxysms
  • Deadbeat at Dawn
  • The Driller Killer
  • Electric Dragon 80.000 V
  • Elephant
  • The Embryo Hunts in Secret
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Hunters' Sense of Touch
  • I Stand Alone
  • Kaili Blues
  • Mean Streets
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Midori
  • Mod Fuck Explosion
  • Murder by Contract
  • Muscle
  • Nails
  • Noisy Requiem
  • A Page of Madness
  • Patriotism
  • Pi
  • Pink Narcissus
  • Primer
  • Pusher
  • Seeds
  • Seven Men from Now
  • Short Eyes
  • The Silent Partner
  • Song of Love
  • Supermarket
  • Ten Monologues from the Lives of the Serial Killers
  • Trash Humpers
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Violated Angels