The INDEPENDENT FILM FOUNDATION was established in 1999 to promote creativity and the production of films of high artistic value, and to create opportunities for artistic and professional development of filmmakers.The Foundation is the organizer of two main programs:the Polish Film Academy and ScripTeast.
The POLISH FILM ACADEMY was established in 2003 on the initiative of the Independent Foundation and currently has nearly 800 members, outstanding representatives of almost all film professions. Once a year members of the Academy award the Polish Film Awards Eagles. In a secret and confidential, two-stage vote, conducted by the world's leading audit firm, PwC, Academy members first select the nominees and then the winners in 19 categories. The results of the Academy's members voting are secret until they are officially announced: the envelopes with the names of the winners are opened during the live tv broadcast. Polish Film Academy Awards Eagles are one of the most valued film awards in Poland.
Since 2006 the Foundation has run SCRIPTEAST - an annual program for experienced writers, whose mission is to help writers of Eastern and Central Europe overcome obstacles they encounter, and promote their screenplays among the world's best producers. The program is the result of a five-year long cooperation with Robert Redford's Sundance Institute within Central European Scriptwriters Lab.
The Independent Film Foundation also co-organizes international meetings and conferences, of which the most important project was an Audiovisual Training Forum in Warsaw, co-organized with CARTOON and funded by the European Union and United International Pictures. The Foundation was also the initiator and organizer of the Polish-Czech-Slovak Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival and the Central European Cinema duringthe Berlin Film Festival.
The founder of the Independent Film Foundation is Dariusz Jabłoński, director and producer. Foundation is led by Violetta Kamińska, General Manager of ScripTeast and Izabela Wójcik, General Manager of the Polish Film Academy and producer of Polish Film Academy Eagles. Besides Foundation, they carry on wide international production activities through their companies: Apple Film Production and Message Film. All three are all members of Polish and European Film Academies.
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