Sample documentary budgets

Documentary Budget Sample Pack

Three (3) real world documentary budgets ranging from $20K to $545K

Additional Budgeting Resources

The 2018 Documentary Going Rates Handbook
Documentary Budget Template Pack


This Template Pack is part of the Ultimate Documentary Budgeting System (BEST VALUE).

The Documentary Budget Sample Pack contains 3 complete and real world documentary budgets of varying sizes. One is a 20K budget for a simple documentary or promo video. The second is a $300K sample budget for an hour-long documentary for broadcast. The third is a sample budget of $545K for a feature-length documentary.

In addition, you get a video tutorial explaining each of the budgets and how they should be used in various situations.

These 3 budgets are invaluable "insider" resources that give you an excellent place to start if you're new to budgeting, OR if you just want to double check your own figures

This sample pack is a great complement to the Documentary Budgeting Masterclass and 2018 Going Rates Handbook.

In FACT, get this Documentary Budget Sample Pack at a highly reduced rate when purchased as part of the Ultimate Documentary Budgeting System.

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Jilann Spitzmiller
Jilann Spitzmiller
Documentary Producer-Director

Jilann Spitzmiller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on the BBC, Sundance Channel, Starz/Encore, Aljazeera, PBS, Canal+ and many other channels worldwide. 

Spitzmiller is a 3-time recipient of ITVS funding and has twice received Sundance Institute funding. She has been a Sundance Institute fellow and a mentor at NALIP's Producer's Lab, as well as a guest panelist and teacher at many festivals and workshops. 

Her work has won more than 20 awards and has been shown around the globe. Her documentary SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and has become a cult classic. She co-directed, produced and edited HOMELAND which aired on National PBS. Jilann’s most recent feature documentary, STILL DREAMING, released on PBS in April 2018. 

She co-founded DocuMentors and is deeply committed to helping filmmakers world-wide have the most impact that they can by telling their best story possible.

Jilann is available for consultations if you need one-on-one help with your budget or other documentary endeavors. She can be reached at