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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.

  • 964 Pinocchio
  • And God Said to Cain
  • Androids Dream
  • The Angelic Conversation
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Atman
  • Begotten
  • Biotherapy
  • Blast of Silence
  • Bliss
  • Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell
  • Bullet Ballet
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Carne
  • Carnival of Souls
  • A Colt Is My Passport
  • Combat Shock
  • Cut-Throats Nine
  • The Dance of the Paroxysms
  • Deadbeat at Dawn
  • The Death King
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Django
  • Dog Star Man
  • The Driller Killer
  • Electric Dragon 80.000 V
  • Elephant
  • The Embryo Hunts in Secret
  • Eraserhead
  • The Evil Dead
  • Falconhead II... The Maneaters
  • Feed the Light
  • Fireworks
  • The First Love
  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • The Flying Luna Clipper
  • Gacha Gacha
  • The Great Silence
  • Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood
  • Guinea Pig 5: Mermaid in the Manhole
  • Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God - Part I
  • Hardware
  • Haxx Deadroom
  • Haze
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Hunters' Sense of Touch
  • I Stand Alone
  • In the Shadow of the Sun
  • The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
  • Invocation of My Demon Brother
  • The Iron Rose
  • Kaili Blues
  • La JetĂ©e
  • Lost Paradise: Riding Habit Harakiri
  • Love Is Colder Than Death
  • Mean Streets
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Midori
  • Mod Fuck Explosion
  • Murder by Contract
  • Muscle
  • MĂ©canix
  • Nails
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Night Tide
  • No Name on the Bullet
  • Noisy Requiem
  • A Page of Madness
  • Patriotism
  • Pi
  • Pig
  • Pink Narcissus
  • Primer
  • Pusher
  • Rubber's Lover
  • Schramm
  • Scorpio Rising
  • Seeds
  • Seven Men from Now
  • The Shooting
  • Short Eyes
  • Shuffle
  • The Silent Partner
  • Sleep Has Her House
  • Song of Love
  • Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic)
  • Strangler of the Swamp
  • Supermarket
  • Take Aim at the Police Van
  • Ten Monologues from the Lives of the Serial Killers
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Trash Humpers
  • Tsuburo no gara
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Versus
  • Violated Angels
  • Wax, or: The Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • Wedding Trough
  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes