The Loft Film Fest is the only American festival member of the CICAE, the International Confederation of Art Houses. Founded in 1955, the CICAE is a network of 4,000 screens and 22 international film festivals that work to increase audience for excellent international independent films. The CICAE award is designed to bring attention to excellent films in order for them to be seen in art houses around the world. The CICAE award is given out at festivals including the Berlinale Forum and Panorama, the Sarajevo International Film Festival, the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

The CICAE Award will be determined by a 3-member jury, who will pick a winner out of the 8 films in competition. This year’s competition films are: The Heart, I Was At Home But…, ÁgaTemblores (Tremors), Always in Season, Advocate, The Condor and The Eagle and Falls Around Her.

About Our CICAE Jury:

Boglárka Nagy

Boglárka Nagy studied film, educational and cultural project management and the management of art house cinemas. In the last 15 years she has selected films for festivals, wrote film criticism and interviews, taught at trainings and organized workshops. She has coordinated film projects at the French Institute in Cluj until 2013 and managed the Elvire Popesco Cinema in Bucharest until 2018, awarded for Best Programming in the Europa Cinemas network. Currently she is based in Berlin as the Managing Director of the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas – CICAE.

Lucie Morvan

Lucie Morvan is Head of Operations at Yorck-Kino GmbH in Berlin, Germany. Born in 1989 in France, she graduated with a Master of Political Sciences and Cultural Management at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. She started her career as an assistant in the organization of several film and theatre festivals in France. After moving to Berlin in 2012, she worked at the Film Office of the French Embassy to organize the French Film Week Festival, at the Berlinale Panorama and the international short film festival Kuki (Interfilm). She joined Yorck-Kino GmbH in 2014. With its 14 arthouse movies theatre, over 40 screens across Berlin, and its affiliates in other cities, it represents Germany’s largest network of independent cinemas. Lucie has also been collaborating with the CICAE in the past years as part of the organization team of the CICAE training program in Venice.

Alison Kozberg

Alison Kozberg is Managing Director of Art House Convergence, a North American association that provides resources and networking opportunities for art house cinemas. Kozberg has worked in art house film exhibition for over a decade and has managed and contributed to film programs, symposia, and special events for museums including the Getty Research Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and the Walker Art Center and has long been devoted to supporting independent cinemas, such as The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, where she began her career as an Operations Manager and The Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, SC, where she served as Director. Alison is President of the Board of Los Angeles Filmforum, Southern California’s oldest continuously operating exhibitor of experimental film, since 2012. A specialist in the history of art house and alternative film exhibition, Alison holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.