Ahead of No Budget’s screening of Zoe Kavanagh’s Demon Hunter at Filmbase, Film Ireland finds out more about this Irish film collective.
What is No Budget?
We are simply a show for filmmakers with no budget made by filmmakers with no budget. But on another level similar shows tend to take themselves too seriously. We don’t try to pass ourselves off as experts. We are like everyone else in the no-budget filmmaking market, learning as we go and trying to make short and feature films that do well in festivals whilst having fun and passing off what we have learned in the process to others.
How did it come about?
We had been talking about doing a podcast one day and how most of them seemed more related to big-budget films or about breaking into the indie film market in the US. After a discussion about doing something for Europe we came up with an idea for a YouTube show, since it’s more of a visual medium. We then reached out to a few people we had worked with in the past to join us and with that one of the best indie filmmaking shows in the interwebernet was born.
Can you give us a little background on yourselves.
No Budget is a bit like the UN. Since its inception we have had various contributors to the show in different capacities. Currently the show is comprised of:
Milo Denison – Milo studied acting in the US and is the owner of D Studios Photography and Media.He now shares his time in front of the camera and behind it as an actor, director, and director of photography. He has worked on films that have shown in the TMC London Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, and the Chicago Irish Film Festival to name but a few.
Cathal Feeney – Cathal got involved in filmmaking when he joined a film club in 2011. In October of that year he entered the Offline Film Festival 60hr challenge and took first prize. Since then he has taken over the running of the club and gotten involved with No Budget. His latest film Level 2 has been screened at the Vienna Independent Film Festival, the Prague Independent Film Festival and the Solaris Film Festival where it won the best screenplay award.
Claire Millan – Claire is an actor, writer and playwright from Co. Galway. She graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2012. She’s appeared in numerous theatre productions, short films and sketches. In 2015 she was a finalist in the film acting competition at the Richard Harris Film Festival. Last July she represented the West of Ireland at the International Comedy Symposium in Trinity College. Her short film The Social Experiment won a judge’s award at the Wexford Documentary Festival and her film noir Dirty Money was showcased at this year’s March on Film Competition.
Caroline Brennan – Caroline began her media career working as a radio documentary maker but made the transition to video production a few years ago. Winner of the 2014 Crystal Clear Awards for Best Health Communications through journalism, Caroline’s main source of funding was under the BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme. She continues to produce and directs a wide range of video projects.
Glenn Kaufmann – Glenn is a Dublin-based American freelance writer who has been working in film since 1989. His first love is screenwriting, but his on-set and post-production passions are location sound recording, and sound editing/design/mixing. Twitchy, his first directorial effort, had its premiere at the 8th Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoghaire
How did you meet?
Working on a film at some point.
What have you done so far?
We are coming up to two years now and have produced over 100 videos. In addition we recently organized our first No Budget event where we screened the feature film Lift, which was a big success.
What are you planning for the future?
The show will continue to emphasize interviews with filmmakers with an instructional twist. We are also working on more tutorials and ways to contribute to independent filmmaking in Ireland. This might be through more screenings for independent films.
No Budget present a screening of Zoe Kavanagh’s Demon Hunter on Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 7pm at Filmbase. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Zoe and some of the cast.
Tickets are 5
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Mark Sheridan talks to director and co-writer Zoe Kavanagh about her film.
Zoe talks about her influences, making the film and self-financing it, music and actors, the film’s success on the festival circuit, and the need for audiences to support Irish films.