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Judges of 2022

Our Film Festival Judging Process in 3 Rounds

We have three rounds of judging for each film submission. Each film is viewed and scored by 12 different judges. Furthermore, each judge is blind to the other judges ratings in the first round. The overall score is an average score of a 1-10 star system. The top 33% of films from the first round advance to the 2nd round. The 2nd round is a technical evaluation of the film. The 3rd round where the judges reach a consensus about which films will screen.

Adrian Askarieh

Prime Universe Films, Inc. was established in 2005 by Adrian Askarieh with a vision to develop and produce high concept feature films based on established video game and comic book IP, while keeping an eye out for fresh, original material with appeal to growing global audiences.

Al Coronel

With a slate of roles that show commitment to the craft, Al Coronel has always been surrounded by the entertainment industry but did not pursue his dream of being a performer until later in life. Prior to his acting career, Al served for 8 years in the United States Marine Corps and later as a world-recognized salsa dancer, traveling extensively to teach and perform at Salsa festivals and events around the globe. His landed his first film role in Johnny Depp's, Blow as a salsa dancer, which set off his career as a full-time working actor.

Amanda Raymond

Amanda Raymond is a New York transplant living in Los Angeles. Her directing background includes the feature films, MY FAVORITE GIRLFRIEND with Bonnie Piesse and Tyler Johnson, currently on Amazon Prime and Apple TV + that she wrote/directed/produced for Saban Films, YOU ARE MY HOME with Alyssa Milano, that she wrote/directed/executive produced on NETFLIX, and the award winning short film noir thriller 'FROM EMILY', that was on the reduced list for Oscar consideration for the 2020 awards. Her first novel was ‘Son of Sherlock’ that she’s working on the sequel to, came out in 2017.

April Scott-Goss

April Scott-Goss serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission. She has resided in Santa Clarita since she graduated in 1999 from California Institute of the Arts with a MFA in Directing Theatre, Video and Cinema. Following her graduation from Cal Arts, April spent time traveling with her award-winning thesis film “Deep in My Heart” which was shown back-to-back years at the Festival du Film, Cannes as one of five films by women at the Universelle Showcase, and as a part of Kodaks Emerging Film Makers. It is also archived in the Biloxi Mississippi History Museum and was honored at the city’s 50th desegregation commemoration.

Ayman Samman

At the age of 13, Ayman Samman received his first writing award from the first lady of Egypt for a national writing contest. He then went on to study Egyptology (ancient Egyptian history) with a minor in Business until his passion for heavy metal music lead him to America. While writing songs, touring and recording albums, Ayman experienced the joy of acting which led him to study theater in Chicago and eventually move to Los Angeles to pursue it professionally.

Bill Chott

Bill Chott can currently be seen in the film Midcentury and will be in the upcoming Netflix series Monster. He co-created and co-directed UNINSTALL, an upcoming independent comedy special with Mr. Show’s Eric Hoffman He just returned from Portugal where he taught and performed improv. He is best known as "Mr. Laritate" on Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. He played "Thomas" in the Johnny Knoxville film The Ringer. Bill’s brief turn as The Mailman on This is Us got a lot of attention on social media (TikTok- 2M views, 128k followers) and as a result he was featured in the USPS employee newsletter.

Bill Miranda

Bill Miranda is an Air Force Veteran, local business owner, motivational speaker, former CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce, published author and a community leader in championing minority causes. He was appointed to the council seat vacated by Dante Acosta in January 2017.

Carl Goldman

Carl Goldman, along with his wife, Jeri repurchased KHTS AM-1220, Santa Clarita’s hometown station on October 24, 2003. Since then, they have rebuilt KHTS as a critical voice of the Valley. In 2015 the radio station moved to its new headquarters on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, in the original Newhall Hardware building. The Goldman’s added 98.1FM in 2018, as a simulcast of AM-1220.

David Cantrell

David grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to Santa Clarita with his family in 2001. David was a securities trader for 25 years and has been a mortgage lender with American Family Funding for the last 7 years. David has also been the pole vault coach at West Ranch High School for the last 10 years, and he is the current Chairman of the Valley Industry Association (VIA). During all this time, David has always had a love for movies and theater.

Greyson Tomas

Greyson Tomas was born in Brooklyn, New York and is the third and youngest son of Cuban immigrants. Raised in New Jersey and grew up in the suburbs of southern California. He studied acting throughout high school and college and eventually to the Stella Adler Academy of the acting in Los Angeles where he truly fell in love with the art and craft.

Joe Moe

Joe Moe is a 3rd generation artist descended from legendary Hawaiian entertainers Pulu and Louisa Moe and The Tau Moe Family. Joe is a playwright, studio vocalist, screenwriter, producer, FX artist, and designer of dark rides for international theme parks. A figure in the horror community, Joe was caretaker to Forrest J Ackerman, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, curating "Uncle Forry's" museum of 800,000 Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror relics. Joe was mentored by heroes like Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Kenneth Anger, is a 3-time Rondo Award winner, hosts horror conventions, co-wrote the deconstructed slasher film, Red Velvet, and edits an annual series of horror short story “Fanthologies,” discovering, mentoring, and publishing new writers.

Jose Zambrano Cassella

Jose Zambrano Cassella, Award winning Director, Cinematographer and Editor, experienced in several theatrically released feature films, documentaries and over 2000 national and international TV Commercials.

Michael Tabb

Michael B. Tabb (WGA screenwriter and SAG-AFTRA actor) is a fifteen-year WGA current and active member, film festival Best Screenplay award winner, Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, author of “Prewriting Your Screenplay”, co-creator of the WGA’s Mentor Program, agile enough to write horror for Universal Studios, family for Disney Feature Animation, and a period war epic for a production company at Warner Brothers.

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini is a journalist, a native Angeleno and a longtime SCV resident. He graduated from California State University Northridge with bylines in the Daily Sundial, El Nuevo Sol, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal and the Camarillo Acorn, among other publications. He recently led the Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer as its editor-in-chief. He currently produces and co-hosts the arts and entertainment podcast "Mars on Life."

Tim Whyte

Longtime Santa Clarita Valley journalist and public relations specialist, Tim Whyte is editor-in-chief at the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper. Whyte, who was editor of the paper from 1994 to 2004 and then its general manager for three years, has been a media consultant and journalism instructor in the interim.