Our organization is the second oldest professional film critics' association in the United States. Founded by Dr. James Loutzenhiser
in 1966 as the Kansas City Film Circle Awards, the KCFCC is younger only than the New York Film Critics Circle. As of July, 2012,
the KCFCC had 32 active members representing print, radio, television and online media outlets.
After Dr. Loutzenhiser's death in 2001, the membership voted unanimously to rename its annual awards in his honor. In 2005, a
new award was established in memory of longtime KCFCC member Vince Koehler, honoring outstanding science fiction, fantasy and
horror films. In 2006, the group voted to honor Kansas City native Robert Altman by renaming its Best Director award after him and
organizing a film festival in April 2007.
The KCFCC meets formally twice a year. The first meeting is held in early January and includes the awards vote; participation
(either in person or by proxy) is mandatory for all members. The second meeting is held in June, to induct new members and elect
officers and the Governing Committee.
All KCFCC votes are open to all members, except those who have been suspended for rules and ethics violations. Our method of
choosing awards recipients may be unique among film critics' groups.
Members nominate up to three contenders in each category in advance, and a show-of-hands vote on all listed nominees (followed
by any necessary run-offs) determines the winners. Members may nominate from the floor, so long as they vote for that nominee,
and may also make arguments for or against certain nominees prior to each vote. Any film that either opened in Kansas City,
screened for critics or was provided to critics via video/DVD screeners in the calendar year prior to the vote is eligible for
Governing Committee meetings and informal gatherings of all KCFCC members are held at various times throughout the year, at the
discretion of the officers.
KCFCC Award Winners
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