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    Independent Shabab Foundation

    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.

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    Why Luxor City?

    Though Luxor is the largest open-air museum in the world it was lacking artistic festivals. Its geographical position - in the very heart of Upper Egypt and hence closer to the rest of the African continent - gives the historic city a unique advantage .

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    Board of Trustees

    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    President Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    Azza El Hosseiny

    Treasurer Azza El Hosseiny

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  • ETISAL Fund

    Activity

    A PLATFORM FOR A NEW AFRICAN FILM MART TO CONNECT THE AFRICAN FILM TO THE REST OF THE WORLD

    ETISAL’s mission is to provide to the needs of young African filmmakers in expressing freely their skills and talents through filmmaking and promote their work globally.

    African short films is a “life savior” of young filmmakers (Aged between 18-30 of both genders) who are marginalized in terms of production and distribution. Although young filmmakers rep...

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  • Press Zone

    Latest News

    The festival has released the submission forms of its seventh edition competition which will take place from the 10th to the 22nd of march 2018. The festival will be receiving films starting the 1st of November and till the 20th of December, only films produced in 2017 by African directors will be accepted, except for the Freedoms Competition which is dedicated to the Egyptian journalist martyr Alhussaini abu deif.

    Mr. Sayed fouad the festival's president announced that this edition wil...

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  • African Cinematheque
  • LAFF Publications

    Books

    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

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Independent Shabab Foundation

Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF)  is a non-profit organization registered at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and active since 2006 in several Fields 

The Activities

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

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 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.

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