Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) 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 (theater, cinema, fine art, and seminars) and a library
3- Working to spread and develop theater performances and cinema screenings
4- Organizing local and international festivals
5- Preparing and producing theater 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 the service of cultural club to present arts to the people of neighborhood
11- Providing spaces for art performances and seminars in Egypt
12- Establishing all needed connections for cooperation with the institutions that work in similar fields or activities locally or internationally
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 organized in Cairo and Alexandria.
For the first time in Egypt , an NGO organizes an event with such grand caliber and high standards. Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) which organizes LAFF is a non-profit entity that has been active for more than six years organizing events and festivals at a national level and with a political dimension. The success of ISF is the result of the sound artistic accomplishment and skills of its founders as cultural activists who believe in the necessity and importance of communicating with the world in general and with Africa in particular. It is also built on the capacity of its Board of trustees in representing Egypt in local and international activities.
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.