The ICS family hopes artists around the world are safe and healthy as we approach the Fall Season. With the current, unpredictable pandemic conditions, we understand how difficult these times may be as an artist. While rapid changes are occurring around the world, we as a cinema family aim to keep our hearts and resources available to support and showcase independent artists as much as possible this 2020.

The ICS family is currently planning for a 2021 Showcase Season, with hopes of being back safe and sound at our home venue Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE.

Submit now here on FilmFreeway to join our cinema family! In addition to short films, we are now accepting short screenplays under 25 pages. Three talented writers will be selected to showcase their visions with us.

Your participation and support this 2020 will greatly help us keep our dedicated mission alive: to discover and showcase independent filmmakers from around the world! In the meantime, the ICS founder will be hosting virtual conversations and special filmmaker spotlight events on CYA LIVE.


*To Support and Promote Independent Filmmakers*

SHOWCASE SEASON 2021 (Exact Dates TBD):

Spring Edition: April or May
Summer Edition: July or August
Fall Edition: November October or November

The Independent Cinema Showcase is a fundraising 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 dreams. The screening features an array of short independent content including TV pilots, parodies, dark comedies, suspense thrillers, animation and more.

The ICS Mission Statement: to discover and share independent filmmakers’ visions with a supportive community. Let's continue to gather visionaries and enthusiasts, and enjoy many beautiful pieces of cinema together!

The ICS family honors and highlights professional artists and entrepreneurs who truly appreciate Cinematic Art. We are dedicated to creating a professional networking and promotional opportunity to showcase independent content with a new audience. Join us on our dedicated journey to support, develop and showcase beautiful stories from all around the world on the big screen.

The ICS Host: Mary Rachel Gardner

The founder, creative producer and director of Kalliste Zoe Productions, an independent film production company aiming to explore, create and share original content through visual art and storytelling. Mary Rachel is a firm believer in creating and maintaining a strong filmmaking family who genuinely support one another. Thus sparked her motivation to create ICS. She as an independent filmmaker herself, knows what it is like when you first start out; it can be intimidating, and you may not know anyone or have the ample resources to truly execute your vision.

Looking for a creative collaboration? Please visit the Kalliste Zoe Productions website to connect and view their current portfolio of projects:

IG: @KallisteZoe3 / @MaryRachel13

Each filmmaker will receive a distribution opportunity with an award-winning online streaming platform called OPPRIME.tv, where the filmmakers can host and monetize their content. There will be three winners at each showcase with an "Honorable Mention" that includes a personalized trophy.

The showcase also includes special raffle 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 discount packages (LiteGear, SimpleDCP, SirReel Studios, Peet's Coffee).

Are you an independent filmmaker ready and willing to invest in your own 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 their visions at the Regal Cinema Theatres at the L.A. LIVE Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Each filmmaker pays for their fair portion of “screening/air time”, ranging from $35 to $85 depending on the length of the film, in order to fairly split the venue expense.

The venue provides an open mezzanine area where filmmakers can display and promote their marketing materials as well network with other independent artists. There will be a photographer and videographer on site capturing the event.

Please plan to provide the following:

1) Signed Agreement
2) DCP file with our sponsor Simple DCP
3) Film information and promotional materials (a downloadable link to your film 2GB max – movie stills, behind the scenes photos and film details)
4) Payment for “screening/air time”

Overall Rating
  • Nina Romain

    The Independent Cinema Showcase was a great festival to be a part of! Really looking forward to submitting next year.

    June 2020
  • Last year's Independent Cinema Showcase was the first film festival I was every accepted into. I wasn't able to be there in person, but a member of my crew was and said the experience was wonderful. I'm extremely appreciative of the communication and the festival has manatained since then. They continue to reach out with updates and opportunities for filmmaker's future work. What a geat festical.

    March 2020
  • Adam Kargman

    I had a great experience with this festival. The venue was terrific, the staff was very professional and welcoming, and I really enjoyed meeting the other filmmakers.

    February 2020
  • Javid Farahani

    I’m honored to be announced that my short film “Under the Blade” got accepted in such a good festival.

    Thank you very much

    February 2020
  • Anthony Burkhalter

    A great group of people who are all there to support each other and support independent film makers.

    February 2020