THE INDEPENDENT CINEMA SHOWCASE (ICS)
*To Support and Promote Independent Filmmakers*
Kalliste Zoe Productions, in collaboration with MM STUDIOS and Two Roofs Productions, presents 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 four showcase events/year, one for each season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). However, these will all depend on the number of submissions received from filmmakers around the world. If we develop enough submissions, we can potentially create a portfolio of content ready to screen on the go; more showcases based on a specific genre or theme regardless of the time of year.
We host the event at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles, CA which has a fantastic, open space to network and showcase films. It includes a standard movie theatre screen with a 200 seat house. It comes with a colorful lobby for networking, displaying posters/flyers and concessions.
KALLISTE ZOE PRODUCTIONS (Host)
Mary Rachel Gardner is the founder, creative producer and director at Kalliste Zoe Productions, an independent film production company aiming to explore, capture, and share the wondrous beauties in life through visual art and storytelling. Mary Rachel graduated in 2013 from the USC Theatre, Film and Business Schools eager and ready to pursue her entertainment career. While mostly developing comedic sketches at first, Kalliste Zoe Productions expanded to all kinds of independent content from parodies to music videos to pilots to shorts and now feature films. Mary Rachel is a firm believer in creating and maintaining a strong filmmaking family who genuinely support each other's truest dreams. Thus sparked her motivation to create showcase events that promote talented filmmakers, expand their networks and gain new audiences to entertain!
Looking for a creative collaboration? Need a host for your screening? Please visit the Kalliste Zoe Productions website to connect and view their current portfolio of projects:
IG & TWITTER: @KallisteZoe3
There will be 3 selected winners at each showcase with an "Honorable Mention" that includes a personalized Trophy as a souvenir to take home with the Film and Honorable Mention as well as an online streaming distribution deal with an award-winning platform called OPPrimeTv where the filmmakers can host and monetize their content.
There is also a Raffle Giveaway for all guests who attend and make a donation/contribution to ICS at the door. Previous Prizes have included signed movie posters, DVD copies, comedy show tickets, gift cards, sweet treats and more!
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!
Application fees and expenses add up overtime. It's often not guaranteed that your film will be selected and screened at an event. Theatre rentals independently also tend to be quite pricy anywhere you go, understandably so as most screening venues have wonderful accommodations and are providing a true cinematic experience. Luckily, Kalliste Zoe Productions 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.
Mary Rachel Gardner, the event founder, producer and host, has developed a strong business relationship with the Downtown Independent Theatre due to previous screenings and premieres she has hosted. She has negotiated a special arrangement so that each filmmaker only has to pay a theatre rental cost and a flyer printing fee that ranges from about $50 to no more than $100 for the evening.
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 as a YouTube show called The Martini Shot 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.
3) Each Filmmaker accepted must budget for splitting the theatre rental cost and a flyer printing fee that ranges from about $50 to no more than $100 for the evening (all depends on the length of content)
Overall, this is a professional networking and exposure 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 content!