Each year the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) chooses a trio of judges to view the submissions of genre films we receive. These judges, respected individuals in the fields of film and popular arts, decide which films will be screened in the festival. The judges for 2014 are:
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Dave Gallegos holds a degree in Television, Film and New Media Production from SDSU. Dave is a founding member of The Vault LA Production Company, whose 2013 sci-fi short, Incident on Highway 73, won Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film and the Judge's Choice award last year at the CCI-IFF, as well as 11 other festival wins, including best editing. Outside The Vault LA, Dave works as an editor and post-production supervisor in Los Angeles on a wide array of nationally broadcast projects. His work in action sports features and commercials has taken him around the world, including the 2010 Olympics. Currently, Dave is busy editing promotional material for 20th Century Fox and FX networks.
Best known for his portrayals of otherworldly creatures, superheroes, and odd humans in films and TV series such as Hellboy 1 & 2, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hocus Pocus, Legion, The Watch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, The Neighbors, plus Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming feature film Crimson Peak, Doug Jones is also currently seen as the series regular alien “Cochise” in Falling Skies, Sunday nights on TNT.
Valerie Perez stars as comic book heroine Paula Peril in the official film series, as well as Wonder Woman for YouTube channels such as The Nerdist and Stan Lee’s World of Heroes. Valerie is also a cosplay model whose likeness can be seen in comic books and video games from Marvel and DC, and in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Each year she co-heads the Comic-Con Film School series of panels at Comic-Con International, as well as associate produces and stage hosts the Saturn Awards for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, honoring the best in film and television.