LIM | Less is more: picture of a working session during workshop 2 in Transylvania

How to make low-budget cinema creative, exciting and borderless?

This was the question raised during the international launch of LIM | Less is More, the European platform for project development of limited budget feature films. Organised during the 16th edition of Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) in Romania, the official launch of the programme gathered a large number of industry professionals, whose common goal is to discover the path into developing low-budget projects in an era when using the constraints of a limited budget can push creativity and storytelling.

Iulia Rugină (Romanian director), Antoine Le Bos (LIM Artistic Director), Massimiliano Nardulli (LIM Head of Talents) and Olivier Thery-Lapiney (French producer), in their roles as hosts of the launch, offered some of the potential key-answers and perspectives towards the low-budget filmmaking, based on their own experience in this field.

“LIM uses the constraints of a limited budget to push creativity and storytelling towards regaining a voice we can hear. We want to use the power of limitation as a tool to gain intensity, as a tool to gain purpose and power and to recapture audiences”, explains Antoine Le Bos, its creator.

As part of TIFF Industry Programme, LIM introduced the 16 selected projects of LIM’s first edition to a large number of producers. Using the tool of a video pitch instead of a live pitch – an exercise called “Tell Me” representing a short description of the project, shot by the authors on their webcams – LIM offered the chance of a first successful meeting between young filmmakers and producers, opening the door for future collaborations.

After the 2 days event in Cluj-Napoca, the group continued its training experience following the strong concept behind LIM’s structure: a set of 3 workshops organised in amazing isolated locations, away from the buzz of the urban life, focused on their writing process and nothing else.

In October, they will all be ready to access programme phase number 3, in France. In Le Groupe Ouest’s home village, on Brittany’s wild north coast, projects will enter the final stretch. Surrounded by passionate filmmakers whose wish is to offer them the most energetic and inspiring experience, this gifted group of talents will walk forward on their path as emerging filmmakers in the low-budget cinema field.

Check our photo album to taste the spirit of LIM, here.