INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
"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:
IFS FILM FESTIVAL
Our annual film festival dedicated to screening and awarding the best works submitted to the IFS over the past year.
IFS INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE
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.
IFS STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE
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.
IFS SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE FESTIVALS
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.
BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
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.