Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF)
Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) www.Ishabab.org, is a non-profit organization registered at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and active since 2006 in several Fields
1- Organizing art workshop to develop the skills of artists and writers, and develop talents
2- Establishing a space for performing arts (theatre, cinema, fine art, and seminars) and a library
3- Working to spread and develop theatre performances and cinema screenings
4- Organizing local and international festivals
5- Preparing and producing theatre performances and films
6- Establishing private institutes, colleges or schools, after approval of related authorities
7- Extending the activities of ISF to Egyptian governorates, to spread our aims
8- Supporting and documenting independent art and artists, and providing artists with protection against occupational hazards
9- Publishing materials that serve the objectives of the foundation and usage of internet
10- Establishing a service cultural club to present arts to the people of neighborhood
11- Providing spaces for art performances and seminars in Egypt
12- Establishing all connections and cooperating with the institutions that work in similar fields or activities locally or internationally
LUXOR AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is one of ISF’s projects. It was the writer Sayed Fouad’s idea, as the African films are almost not screened in Egypt. Furthermore, Luxor hardly has any cultural or artistic events, and was therefore selected to de-centralize cultural or artistic events always oraginzed in Cairo and Alexandria. The first edition of LAFF is held in the governorate of Luxor, February 21-28.
For the first time, an independent organization organises such a big and important event – usually government-run, such as the festival. Due to its belief in the importance of "Luxor African Film Festival" in linking up and networking with others in general and with Africa in particular. In addition to ISF team’s skills in theater, cinema and event management with a political dimension, media and marketing, they represented Egypt in several cultural events - nationally and internationally through their artistic projects.
ISF started working on the festival since mid 2010 and the fruits of our efforts resulted in numerous partnerships ranging from the Ministry of Culture in Egypt to International networks.