Spring Edition: April 21st, 2019
Summer Edition: August, 18th, 2019
Fall Edition: Noveber 17th, 2019

*To Support and Promote Independent Filmmakers*

A showcase event to support and promote independent filmmakers from all around the world who have the perseverance and courage to create, collaborate and invest in their own movie dreams. The screening features an array of short independent content including TV pilots, parodies, dark comedies, suspense thrillers, animation and more! Let's continue to gather upcoming film visionaries and enthusiasts, while enjoying many beautiful pieces of cinema.

ICS Mission Statement: to explore, discover and share independent content as well as provide an opportunity for filmmakers and movie supporters to join a cinema family that gathers talented visionaries and creators for an evening filled with laughter, new connections and original content. ICS honors and highlights Professional Artists and Entrepreneurs who truly appreciate Cinematic Art. Please join us on our dedicated journey to support, develop and showcase beautiful stories from all around the world on the big screen.

ICS aims is to have at least 2 to 3 showcases per year. We currently host ICS in Los Angeles, CA which includes fantastic, open venues to network and showcase films.

There will be 3 selected winners at each showcase with an "Honorable Mention" that includes a personalized Trophy as a souvenir to take home as well as distribution deals with an award-winning online streaming platform called, where the filmmakers can host and monetize their content, as well as the Shami Media Group who connects filmmakers with major networks such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

The showcase also includes special Raffle Giveaway Prizes for all guests who attend and make a donation/contribution to ICS at the door. Previous prizes have included signed movie posters, comedy show tickets, coffee gift cards, sweet treats and filmmaking rental discount packages (LiteGear, AutoDCP, LoLa Studios).

Are you an independent filmmaker ready and willing to invest in your career? Do you want to showcase and/or test your content in front of a live audience? Looking to network and meet more filmmakers? Then you have found the right family!

The Independent Cinema Showcase (ICS) has made it possible for a community of filmmakers to share and split the costs of an incredible showcase night to promote and support each other's future career goals as independent artists. Kalliste Zoe Productions, the main sponsor, has negotiated with venues a special arrangement so that each filmmaker only has to pay a portion of the theatre rental costs, ranging from $35 to $85 for the evening, depending on the length of film. Our maximum length for submissions is 30 minutes. All filmmakers involved with the showcase pay for their "screening/air" time in order to fairly split the expense of the venue.

The ICS family will provide an open lobby area where filmmakers can set up a table to display and promote their film as well as a flyer for the evening with the films’ information so people can follow/connect/support after the event. There will be a videographer capturing the event as well interviewing the filmmakers behind the scenes. All you will need to provide is:

1) A private, downloadable link to your film (best HD quality) - the theatre projectionist will convert the file into a DCP for the screening event.
2) Film Information for Flyer: Title, Movie Poster Image, Genre, Writer & Director, Quick Synopsis/Logline and any social media links for proper tagging during promotion.
3) Each Filmmaker accepted must budget for their screening time that ranges from $35 to no more than $85.

Overall, this is a professional networking and promotion opportunity to showcase independent content with a new audience as well as an event that filmmakers can truly enjoy while promoting their art. Join us and share your vision!

Overall Rating
  • Great Festival, communication was excelent! great event for independent filmakers :) hope to participate in next editions!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the kind review! We have 4 per year so there are plenty of future showcases to attend.

  • Christophe Mavroudis

    It's great to be part of the ICS Family. Wish i could be in LA for the screening !

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    It's great to have you in the ICS Family!

  • Hunter Silvestri

    It was an honor to premiere my first animated short film at this tight-knit festival. The atmosphere was delightful and there were some truly wonderful works on display.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was an honor to host your film! Thank you for sharing your vision.

  • Maninder Chana

    Great festival. Great communication throughout the process. Wish we could have attended. Best of luck in the future!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We hope to see you at a showcase in the future. You are always welcome here with the ICS Family!

  • Bishal Dutta

    This was a wonderful festival. Mary Rachel is incredibly enthusiastic and in tune with the spirit of the independent filmmaker. Her supportive nature is inspiring, and being part of her independent cinema "family" is a privilege.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the sentiments! Our ICS mission stands strong thanks to our founder Mary Rachel, and we here at ICS hope to continue to support and promote other independent filmmakers from around the world.