To engage, connect, and inspire soccer and film enthusiasts through the celebration and presentation of soccer culture.



Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival is an annual series of soccer cultural events that bring together soccer and film enthusiasts to celebrate the beautiful game.

K+S provides a forum for filmmakers, artists, and writers to showcase their work, uniting the millions of fans that make soccer the international phenomenon that it is. K+S is dedicated to showcasing the best soccer films in the world to bring attention to this under-appreciated, emerging film genre.

The festival's roots can be traced to April 2009, when a blind date between two fervent soccer and film fans, Greg Lalas and Rachel Markus, quickly evolved into a global festival celebrating soccer culture.

The success of the inaugural, sold-out K+S New York 2009 festival, held just three months after that fateful blind date, has led to K+S festivals in Washington (D.C.), Houston, North Adams (Mass.), Amsterdam, London, Kerala (India), Liverpool, Portland (Ore.) and many more locations around the globe. The festival has presented world premieres, U.S. premieres, speaker series featuring soccer celebrities, writers, and directors from around the world, several literary readings, and photo exhibits for thousands of festival attendees.  


Rachel Markus co-founder

Rachel first conceived of Kicking + Screening while living and working in London, immersed in soccer culture. Always an avid fan of and participant in the beautiful game -- she was a ruthless striker -- Rachel studied film at New York University and has worked in the film industry since 2002.

Greg Lalas co-founder

A former professional player, Greg is the editor-in-chief of MLSsoccer.com, the official website of Major League Soccer. He is on the board of Soccer Without Borders.

Oliver Parman marketing + business development

A devoted player and fan of the beautiful game, Oliver brings more than 20 years experience in media/marketing and communications.


A writer and editor who reported from the 2006 and 2010 World Cup, Noah is right-footed but prefers left midfield because Jonathan Wilson told him to cut in from the wing on his strong foot. Also he finds playing there mitigates expectations.


Having lived in both London and New York, Shalina brings 23 years of footballing passion as she's supported the beautiful game all her life. An avid Chelsea FC fan and former season ticket holder, Shalina's proudest moment is when her drawing of Gianfranco Zola made it into the match day programme.

DEBorAH MArkus business development

A dedicated sports fan and equally devoted entrepreneur. Deborah has spent over 20 years in financial services developing strategies, building businesses and advising talent.


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