In 2005 I gave a series of budgeting workshops at Doculink meetings in L.A., San Francisco and New York and later developed those workshops into an article called “An Introduction to Documentary Budgeting” for the IDA’s Documentary Magazine. I posted both the article and blank budget template (for Excel) on the Doculink resources page. Scroll down to “Budgeting Article” under “Resources.”

Also, if you are working on budgeting your project and need more templates and a community that’s involved with budgeting, you may want to join the Film Budgeting Yahoo Group.

[Eds. Note: Robert Bahar is a filmmaker and founder of Doculink, an email listserv of documentary filmmakers. He also serves on the board of the International Documentary Association. He is based in Los Angeles, CA.]

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