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.

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.

Tim Whyte (Editor of SCV Signal)

Tim will be joining the 2nd Annual SCIFF Team of Judges in 2022.

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.

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. As a child, David can remember his mother taking him and his brother to see classics like Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz, and The Ten Commandments. From the 1970s on, David waited in line to see all nine Star Wars movies and, in the 21st century, believes that The Lord of the Rings was a pivotal series that really moved the industry forward.

Ryan Mancini (former editor of The Proclaimer)

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."

Carl Goldman – KHTS

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.