Each application must upload their current budget. Our system will accept PDF and Excel formats. Best practices: 

  • Your budget should address the following film production costs: crew salaries, equipment, travel and housing expenses, post-production, office and admin costs, music, and legal fees. We should be able to follow your budget in tandem with your narrative material.
  • Include a line item for directors’ and producers’ salaries; it is key for filmmakers to factor in their own payment in the budget.
  • Provide budget notes for any areas that may be viewed as out of the ordinary or which require further explanation.
  • If you don’t already have a budget and would like some guidance on how to create one, we recommend the Introduction to Documentary Budgeting article.