NYWIFT Masterclass Series: Feature Film Budgeting

Join NYWIFT for our inaugural Masterclass Series: Feature Film Budgeting with Producer/Line Producer Sirad Balducci.

You have a great script, the producer loves it…but then they ask the dreaded question. “What’s the budget?”

Budgeting a feature film can be daunting and overwhelming for any filmmaker, whether they are newcomers or seasoned professionals, and it is a critical step towards getting your movie financed.

In this three-part masterclass, we will demystify the budgeting process, offering insights into script breakdown and shoot schedules and covering fundamental budgeting basics. We’ll explore how to effectively collaborate with producers, directors, and department heads, and impart strategies to align your movie’s production plan with the creative vision of the project.

The class is geared toward independent feature films in the 5M range, but also can be applied to short films as well. Materials and budgeting software trials will be provided prior to the start of the class and a Q&A will follow each session. (Registrants will get a free pre-coded NY Movie Magic Budget Template.)

Price: $25 for Members* / $60 for Non-Members

Price includes admission for all three sessions.
*Executive, Platinum, and Leadership Circle members attend for free. Contact membership@nywift.org to upgrade your membership. 



Date: Monday, December 4, 2023

Time: 6:30 – 8pm ET

Session 1 will focus on how to break down a script and create a shooting schedule for budgeting purposes. We will cover questions for the writer, director and producer; what to look out for; and how to visualize the overall best production plan for the film.

Date:  Monday, December 11, 2023
Time: 6:30 – 8pm ET

Session 2 will focus on how to set up your budget, including an overview of union rates, cast fees, P&H, payroll fringes, and above the line fees.


Date: Monday, December 18, 2023

Time: 6:30 – 8pm ET

Session 3 will cover below the line budgeting, post production, general expenses, legal, tax credits, bonds, and contingencies.

About the Instructor

Sirad Balducci is a seasoned independent feature film producer and line producer based in New York. With extensive experience overseeing every facet of the production process, from script development to production management, post-production, and final delivery, Balducci consistently forges partnerships with top-tier directors and producers to bring their dream projects to life.  Balducci’s multifaceted involvement in the industry includes founding Give Film Productions, serving as a Board Member of NYWIFT, and being a proud member of the DGA.

In addition to a career behind the scenes, Balducci holds directing credits, including the award-winning short film Generation Lockdown. Balducci continues to have a deep commitment to harnessing the social impact of film and amplifying unique and underrepresented voices in cinematic storytelling.

About the NYWIFT Masterclass Series

The NYWIFT Masterclass Series offers in-depth virtual multi-class workshops that explore various aspects of the film, television, and media industry. Led by award-winning experts, the classes will teach students about the craft, content, and business strategies involved in each creative pursuit, building a solid foundation for artistic fulfillment and commercial success.

2023 NYWIFT Masterclasses included TV Writing, Podcasting, and Budgeting, with the 2024 roster to be announced soon.

December 4 @ 6:30pm — December 18 @ 8:00pm
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm (337h 30′)



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.