*To Support and Promote Independent Filmmakers*

SHOWCASE SEASON 2020 (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, 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
  • 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.