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: Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Chained for Life, Blue My Mind, Killing Jesus, Rafiki, Buy Me A Gun, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Too Late To Die Young.

About Our CICAE Jury:

Paula Astorga Riestra

Producer, distributor, academic and exhibition and promotion consultant.

Paula is the Artistic Director of DISTRITAL FESTIVAL, where she also co-directs the film projects development Lab 3 PUERTOS CINE. In 2004, Astorga founded the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival FICCO (2004-2008). In 2010, she took on the general direction at the Mexico National Film Archive (2010 – 2013) where she headed its remodeling. Currently she is producing Inzomnia, the first stop motion feature made in Mexico, directed by Luis Téllez among other films. Long live the king! and Thara, her two last short film productions are programmed in this year’s Loft Film Fest. She is the head of development at Home Films Entertainment in Mexico City.

Cathleen Tanti

Cathleen started her career as a casting coordinator on feature films, TV programs and commercials in Malta working on projects such as WWZ and Game Of Thrones. After moving to London in 2012 she completed a Masters degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. After her studies she worked to open the Arthouse Cinema, Picturehouse Central and Picturehouse Crouch End in London. As well as co-curating the InHouse Film Festival in London she also worked on the BFI London Film Festival and the East End Film Festival. Cathleen has been collaborating with CICAE since 2010. This year she is co-producing and programming Solar Cinema Malta as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture’s main program, which is taking unseen films to 24 outdoor locations from May right through to October 2018. Cathleen is also the cinema programmer at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta, Malta.

Katriina Moila

Katriina is the project coordinator of the training program ACAM, organized by the CICAE. She holds a Master Degree in Arts Management. After some experiences in art galleries both in Venice and in Berlin, Katriina ended up to work for CICAE’s project in 2011 as intern. Since then, she collaborates with the international cinema association and her love for independent cinema has grown since. 

Katriina is also a passionate TV series consumer, loves cats and is a street art “hunter”.