"(IFS Film Festival is) ...True north for any cinephiliac"
- Lana and Lilly Wachowski
(directors of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Jupiter Ascending, Sens8)
LOS ANGELES FILM FEST:
"IFS" the Independent Filmmakers Showcase© of Los Angeles exists to discover groundbreaking cinema; providing development opportunities for filmmakers through showcases, events, and the annual IFS Film Festival.©
The IFS L.A. FILM FEST is held each spring at the world-famous Grove in Los Angeles, with hundreds of films screening in theaters across Beverly Hills, L.A., and Santa Monica, California.
In presenting screenings and supporting preservation year-round; the IFS hosts a community of filmmakers, students, and industry professionals dedicated to independent cinema.
IFS FESTIVAL FILMS & FILMMAKERS:
John Hillcoat's "Triple 9", Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice", David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars", Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac", Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight", Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers", the new release of Roar, Henry Jaglom's "Festival In Cannes", Atom Egoyan's "Ararat" and "Remember", and new work from Lana and Lilly Wachowski have all had past premiere screenings at the IFS Film Festival. John Hillcoat was the surprise guest at last years festival, alongside Rick Glassman, Priscilla Barnes, Alan Blumenfeld, and many more...
L.A. FILM FESTIVAL GUESTS:
IFS guests and honorees include: Malcolm McDowell, Karen Gillan ("Guardians of the Galaxy", "Dr. Who"), Mena Suvari ("American Beauty"), Illeana Douglas ("Cape Fear", "Goodfellas"), David Strathairn (Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"), Michael Madsen (Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and "Reservoir Dogs"), Henry Jaglom ("Eating"), Edie McClurg ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), Lance Henriksen ("Aliens", "Terminator", "Gladiator"), Andy Dick ("News Radio"), Blake Clark ("The Waterboy"), Lynn Lowry, Kier O'Donell (Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper"), and Honorees Harmony Korine and James Franco (for "Spring Breakers"), and so many more!
ABOUT IFS L.A. FILM FEST:
The IFS Film Fest of Los Angeles is a celebration of independent filmmaking, held in Beverly Hills, and in cinemas across Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Hollywood; featuring screenings from emerging and established filmmakers, with press events, parties, forums, panels, and Hollywood film premieres.
Founded in the early 1990's, the Independent Filmmakers Showcase was created by film students hosting screenings of obscure films, and evolved into a professional organization hosting the premiere film showcase series events and creation of new cinemas.
IFS supports the creation of new cinemas for independent film screenings, film forums and preservation of classic film venues; fostering a large community of filmmakers, students, and industry professionals dedicated to independent cinema.
DISCOVERIES AND RETROSPECTIVES:
Known globally for uncovering and promoting the best new voices in filmmaking, including IFS Vanguard honoree Nobu Yamaoka: celebrated with a career-spanning IFS retrospective of never-before-translated masterworks. IFS has also hosted recent retrospectives on the work of Eric Bogosian, Tom Noonan and Kenneth Anger.
Awards & Prizes
The IFS Award Ceremony takes place each spring in Beverly Hills, next to the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences©® building (home of the Oscars©®) or at the Grove. These awards honor the best in independent cinema of the past season.
Films are eligible for sponsor-awarded prizes in many genre categories each year.
Best Screenplay - First Place is Awarded $10,000.
IFS Selected films, including IFS Film Fest Award Winners will not automatically receive cash / prizes. Prizes determined by gifts donated by friends of the festival each season. All filmmakers receive complimentary passes to the complete film festival, with all award winners honored publicly at IFS Award Ceremony Events.
IFS is operated without corporate sponsorship and without any studio/corporate programming oversight, with all events funded through public attendance, and profits donated to cinema restoration and future IFS events.
Rules & Terms
FESTIVAL RULES & REGULATIONS
Participants / Submitters must be 18 years of age or older to enter any Independent Filmmakers Showcase competition.
The Independent Filmmakers Showcase reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
Entries in our competitions are void where prohibited by law.
Films submitted to the Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) must not have major distribution in the United States of America.
Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars before films will be viewed.
Please note festival dates are subject to change.
All festival screening times and venues are subject to delay or change
By submitting to the Independent Filmmakers Showcase, all listed creators authorize the submission. In submitting your work to the Independent Filmmakers Showcase you are admitting that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.
In the event of multiple authors of an award or prize-winning work, awards and prizes will be divided equally among listed creators.
Any filmmaker or member of a film entourage causing a disruption or acting aggressively, disrespectfully or threateningly to any of the volunteer staff or employees of the festival may have their film pulled from exhibition at any time without refund.
All judges, readers, and screeners decisions are final.
If sending screener for consideration via online screener:
Please use your submission platforms interface and allow screeners to be downloaded for playback.
Independent Filmmakers Showcase is not responsible for shipped films missing or lost in transit. Film Submissions are non-returnable. Please do not send original material.
Posters/DVD/BluRay will not be returned.
DCP/Film Print return pick-up for feature films is the full responsibility of submitter and any coordination must be arranged with IFS prior to festival and in accordance with IFS rules and protocol as defined by Programming Dept.
Failure to comply with Independent Filmmakers Showcase guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and result in having your film pulled from screening or competition.
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Independent Filmmakers Showcase is not responsible for films that are missing, damaged, unreadable, lost in transit, or stolen. Independent Filmmakers Showcase reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
Independent Filmmakers Showcase is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
All fees are non-refundable.
Failure to comply with the guidelines, rules, regulations, terms & condition or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and having your film pulled from screening or competition.
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