"A true north for any cinephiliac" - Lana and Andy Wachowski
(directors of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Jupiter Ascending)

The Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival showcases an extensive collection of undiscovered independent films from around the world, alongside work from Hollywood's best known directors, recently showcasing over 100 films from 25 countries.

Dedicated to the support of groundbreaking cinema from around the world, IFS provides screening and development opportunities for independent filmmakers through showcases, events, and our annual IFS Film Festival.

Through the creation of new theaters for independent screenings, presenting forums, and supporting preservation of classic venues; the IFS fosters a community of filmmakers, students, and industry professionals dedicated to the creation of independent cinema.

The Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) was founded in 1993, when a group of students hosted public screenings to promote obscure films. Today the IFS has evolved into an organization of film fans and professionals that curate one of the premiere film screening series in Los Angeles.

IFS is known across the globe for uncovering and promoting the best new voices in independent filmmaking, including IFS Vanguard honoree Nobu Yamaoka, who is celebrated this year with a career-spanning retrospective of his rare masterworks.

ABOUT THE IFS FILM FESTIVAL The IFS Film Festival is a celebration of independent filmmaking held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Hollywood; featuring screenings from emerging and established filmmakers, with press events, parties, forums, panels, and film premieres.

Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac", Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers", the Brad Pitt produced documentary "The House I Live In", new animated works from Don Hertzfeldt, Henry Jaglom's "Festival In Cannes", and "The Fourth Dimension" directed by Jan Kwiecinski, Aleksei Fedorchenko, Harmony Korine, and starring Val Kilmer, are all films that have been unveiled at the IFS Film Festival.

Recent IFS Film Festival guests & honorees include: James Franco ("Spring Breakers"), David Strathairn (Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"), Illeana Douglas ("Cape Fear", "Goodfellas"), Michael Madsen ("Kill Bill", "Reservoir Dogs"), Henry Jaglom, Edie McClurg ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), Lance Henriksen ("Aliens", "Terminator"), Kenneth Anger ("Scorpio Rising"), and Harmony Korine.

IFS screening events include:



Our annual film festival dedicated to screening and awarding the best works submitted to the IFS over the past year.



The best new works in independent filmmaking are recognized at our renowned bi-monthly screening series, that include a director Q&A and an after party.



Accompanying every IFS screening series is a spotlight on the best in new work from student filmmakers with a director Q & A and filmmaker social at the end of the night.



14 Unique showcase festivals presented throughout the year each recognizing a specific category of filmmaking (Documentary Showcase, Comedy Showcase, Horror Showcase, GLBT Showcase) with lectures, Q&A, and awards given out for the best films in each category.






The Independent Filmmakers Showcases central venue is a classic theater In the heart of Beverly Hills, CA. This classic theater is just across the street from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (home of the Oscars), & next to the Directors Guild Theater.
Laemmle's Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-478-3836 Map & Parking Information
Transit: Wilshire / Doheny
Laemmle's Monica Movie Theater
The Independent Filmmakers Showcases westside venue is a classic theater built beside the Pacific Ocean and situated right next to the world famous 3rd Street Promenade & Santa Monica Place shopping center in the social center of Santa Monica California. It is our most prestigious venue.

Laemmle's Monica 4-plex
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-478-3836 Map & Parking Information

Regal LA Live Stadium 14
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-763-6070 Map & Parking Information

Belevarado Studios Screening Rooms A & B and the IFS Theater at Belevarado Studios

Currently the Independent Filmmaker Showcase's main home for monthly events. This Los Angeles film studio with several screening rooms and movie theaters has been home to some of our greatest film events and parties. We have been in the process of building and expanding more screening rooms and theaters each year.

Belevarado Studios ROOM A & B AND THEATER


2107 Bellevue Ave.

Los Angeles CA 90026 map


Belevarado Studios SCREENING ROOMS A & B

611 North Alvarado Blvd.

Los Angeles CA 90026 map



Please, Do Not Contact Venues Directly:
Our screening venues are leased to IFS for the purpose of holding events, the landlords of our venues are not affiliated with the IFS and do not possess any information regarding the showcases or film festivals we hold there.


regarding screening times, ticketing information or any IFS business. If you wish to contact the IFS, please call us at 213-545-6IFS. During our very busy festival season we are often overwhelmed with calls, and we prefer that you email us at for the fastest response to any questions you may have.


Any ticketing issues are to be directed to our ticketing company.