"A magnetic north for any Cinephiliac"

- Lana and Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix / V For Vendetta / Cloud Atlas)


34th Annual Film Festival

The IFS Film Fest has hosted premieres for the world’s greatest filmmakers, including Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread and Inherent Vice, David Cronenberg's Map To The Stars, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and The Fourth Dimension, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built and his director's cut of Nymphomaniac, Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals (starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal), James Franco's The Disaster Artist, and Spike Lee's Blackkklansman (starring Adam Driver).

Film Festival Celebrity Attendees

Celebrity guests include Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy / Dr. Who / The Avengers), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba / Stand and Deliver / Young Guns), Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight / Kill Bill), Gena Rowlands (The Notebook / A Woman Under The Influence), John Hillcoat (dir. The Road, Blood Meridian), Jane Lynch (Glee), and Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives).

Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do), Mena Suvari (American Beauty), Rick Glassman (NBC's Undateable), Blake Clarke (The Waterboy), Melanie Mayron (Thirtysomething), Jesse James (The Butterfly Effect), Illeana Douglas (Ghost World, Goodfellas), Dominique Swain (Lolita), Doug Benson (Super High Me), and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) are just a few of our more well-known guests to have stopped by the festival.

Our festival is honored to have hosted the last major public appearances and career honors for Piper Laurie (Twin Peaks / The Hustler), Sid Haig (The Devils Rejects / Spider Baby), and dear friend Clu Gulager (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood / The Killers).

Lana & Lilly Wachowski, Julianne Moore, Brandy, Fred Willard, Jane Seymour, Nile Rodgers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Amber Tamblyn, Tom Sizemore, David Cross, Lauren Holly, Priscilla Barnes, Doug Jones, and James Earl Jones are just a few of our notable IFS Honorees whose work has been showcased.

Cinema Icons + New Filmmakers

New work from Neill Blomkamp, Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, Greta Gerwig, Marisa Tomei, Kate Mulgrew, Minnie Driver, Rebecca Miller, Mark Boone Junior, Walter Koenig, and Gigi Edgley has premiered at the L.A. IFS Film Fest, and screened alongside our legendary new filmmaker showcases - curated to highlight the best new filmmaking discoveries of the past year, as chosen by the IFS Film Society Membership.

The IFS has hosted event screenings for Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, Atom Egoyan's Remember, the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical La La Land (from director Damien Chazelle), A Perfect Day (featuring Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins ), as well as the re-release of ROAR starring Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren, in addition to hosting premieres from Madchen Amick, Eric Stoltz, and John Lee Hancock.

Independent premieres from producers Jane Fonda, Robert & Leslie Zemeckis, Jon Peters, Richard LaGravenese, William Shatner, Tim and Eric, and even Stan Lee all have screened at the IFS/L.A. Film Festival. Curated retrospectives honoring Tom Noonan, Eric Bogosian, Kenneth Anger were hosted by IFS, alongside many other fantastic events and panels at our film festivals.

The IFS/L.A. Film Festival has hosted premiere event screenings for Kino Lorber's new release of the Republic Pictures Horror Collection by screening Valley of the Zombies and The Catman of Paris with commentary and lectures on Poverty Row Horror films by the legendary David Del Valle, and hosted a special screening for Grindhouse Releasing's newest 4k restoration of the legendary grindhouse film Hollywood 90028.

Movies featuring Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Danny Glover, Lacey Chabert, Olivia d’Abo, John Ennis, and Brendan Small, and films that have featured original scores by Warren Ellis and Lee Ranaldo, as wells as documentaries that have featured Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Burt Reynolds, Danny Trejo, Talia Shire, Eva Haller, Ralph Macchio, Sylvester Stallone, and Martin Scorsese have all been part of past festivals.

Cinema icons Gary Oldman, Guillermo Del Toro, Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, Werner Herzog, Adrian Lyne, John Badham, Nicholas Cage, Warren Beatty, James L. Brooks have all been interviewed for IFS premiere documentaries.

IFS/L.A. Film Fest at Grove + L.A. Live

Our film festival grew to fame while being hosted at the world-famous Grove entertainment-retail complex & tourist destination, located in the heart of Hollywood, next to both CBS Studios and LACMA.

Current IFS festival events and film screenings are located at The Grove, L.A. Live, the Directors Guild, and other historic cinemas across Los Angeles, including at the IFS Screening Rooms in Beverly Hills, Echo Park, & Santa Monica. With our current festival home being L.A. LIVE, with screenings held at Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE.

The IFS Film Society proudly hosts film premieres that represent the best new independent cinema from across the globe, with screenings at the IFS/L.A. Film Festival, as well as at our Semi-Monthly IFS Membership Event Showcases. All festival selected films are chosen by democratic vote from the 150 Members of the IFS Film Society, at premiere-style screening events held for Film Society Members in our IFS Screening Rooms.

Check out and our most recent IFS social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, X) to see what new films are unveiled to premiere at the upcoming IFS FILM FEST.

Independent Film Screening Events

IFS Film Society promotes independent filmmaking with our semi-monthly IFS Membership Only Film Events. Hosted at IFS Screening Rooms and other Los Angeles venues.

The Independent Filmmakers Showcase also supports film events from local cinema groups, including our friends at Artsploitation Films and Laemmle Theaters.

Visit the IFS Monthly Film Showcase page to see upcoming events in Los Angeles:

IFS Film Society promotes independent filmmaking with semi-monthly IFS Membership-Only Film Screening Events. Hosted at our IFS Screening Rooms and other Los Angeles venues.

The Independent Filmmakers Showcase also supports film events from local cinema groups, including our friends at Artsploitation Films, Laemmle Theaters, and more.

Visit the monthly changing IFS Film Showcase listings to see about our upcoming Membership Events screening in Los Angeles.

Featured Upcoming Independent Film Showcases

Sep 18th Night of the Living Dead 9:00pm
Oct 9th The Carey Treatment 9:00pm
Oct 16th Il Sorpasso 9:00pm
Nov 6th The Ruling Class 9:00pm
Dec 11th Two-Lane Blacktop 9:00pm
Dec 18th Shockproof 9:00pm
Jan 16th Atlantic City 9:00pm

Nobu Yamaoka Retrospective at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles

Nobutaka Yamaoka Retrospective
IFS Showcases is so proud to exhibit this major retrospective of the feature film work of brilliant Japanese director Nobutaka Yamaoka. Philosophical Sci-Fi masterpieces otherwise unavailable with English subtitles anywhere else, only seen in a theater.

Sept 18th Pigs Inferno 11:30pm
Oct 9th Children Who Won't Die 11:30pm
Oct 16th Planet Megadolce 11:30 pm
Nov 6th Pickled Punk 11:30pm
Dec 11th Fix 11:30pm
Dec 18th Zeki, Florian, Kelly 11:30pm

IFS Screenplay Competition

The IFS is committed to the discovery and growth of new talent in every aspect of filmmaking. Submit your screenplay or teleplay today to the Independent Filmmakers Showcase Screenplay Competition and have your script read by current and former entertainment journalists and industry professionals. Coverage and Analysis available.

IFS Film & Screenplay Submissions

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