AFMA forms foundation

Paul, Horwitz will co-head new endeavor

The AFMA, the trade association for the independent film and television industry, has announced the formation of the AFMA Foundation, a nonprofit org created to coordinate worldwide educational and charitable activities and to strengthen the indie film and TV industries through local communities.

AFMA prexy-CEO Jean Prewitt and board of directors chair Kathy Morgan pointed to the foundation’s creation as a reflection of the industry’s desire to invest in its own future.

“By nurturing talent — business and creative — through an organized and sustained endeavor, we can pass along our collective wisdom to the next generation of independents,” said Morgan.

Co-headed by Stephen Paul, prexy-CEO of Crystal Sky, and Lew Horwitz, topper of the Lewis Horwitz Organization, foundation will support programs such as job training for new industry entrants and educational programs centering on international film production and distribution.

Org will also launch an internship program this summer to provide paid or college-credit opportunities at participating AFMA member companies.

The AFMA Foundation will partner with other industry associations, corporations and philanthropic organizations in the future to provide support programs worldwide.