If you've been kicking around in the film world, you've probably heard the term 'Micro Budget' come up, along with other phrases like 'No Budget', 'Big/ Mega Budget', and similar. Most of these terms are very general and no-one really defines what exactly they are, but they are usually thrown around as a way to measure the scale of a film.
The idea is pretty simple: no-one will trust you to be responsible on a big budget film until you've first proven yourself on a smaller scale. And that 'smaller scale' film? Often that's a Micro Budget Film.
But it's easier to think of a number to start. So let's look at the generally-accepted 'cost' of a Micro Budget Film: