Our organization was founded by Dr. James Loutzenhiser in 1966 as the Kansas City Film Circle Awards, and is the second oldest professional film critics’ association in the United States, after the New York Film Critics Circle. As of July, 2014, the KCFCC had 26 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 mid-December 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. For the annual awards vote, 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. Any film that either opened in Kansas City, screened for critics or was provided to critics via streaming or DVD screeners in the calendar year prior to the vote is eligible for consideration.
Governing Committee meetings and informal gatherings of all KCFCC members are held at various times throughout the year, at the discretion of the officers.