Don't Make Lemonade.

Cine Pobre is a self-funded filmmaking genre without a set of stylistic criteria nor format boundaries, involving many geographically separated creators with at least two things in common: a strong desire to tell our story and to do so with our own resources.

Launched in 1996 as “” to network Self-Funded Filmmakers #CinePobre as a cultural meme was floated and in 2002 defined by Roger Bunn and J. Michael Seyfert based on the musing of Jean Cocteau, one of the 20th century’s most prolific artists, that

film becomes art only when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.

Cine Pobre Film Festival "The World's Best Self Funded Films"

— 100% Cartel Free

Cine Pobre

proves there are more stories in the world, more eccentrics and visionaries, than there is film to capture them. Against all odds, we, the autonomous filmmaker go out with our cameras and a strong sense for justice. Autonomous means self-funded but not short in punch, because we somehow manage to document our world and society’s ills and beauty in compelling stories.

Cine Pobre's Assiduously Curated Official Selection of "The World's Best Self Funded Films" is Screened Seasonally to Impecunious Audiences.

Cine Pobre

is a culture jamming grassroots initiative to help advocate self-funded filmmaking while working intellectually off-grid.

The world does not need more people that need more rules.

— Roger Bunn

Cine Pobre

empowers autonomous filmmakers by managing an evolving and flexible core platform pledged to sustain a 100% cartel-free intersection of culture and capabilities.