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Distinguished Patrons

The Jurors:

As a filmmaker or screenwriter it is important to know that your work is being critically evaluated in the judging process by educated and experienced professionals qualified to do so at the festivals in which you participate. The SoCal Film Festival prides itself on being a quality event, sharing quality work, and presenting a distinguished panel of jurors who will review the work of entrants.

Are Distinguished Patrons are invited each year to participate and donate their time as they are able and available. We truly appreciate their efforts in supporting the art of filmmaking with the SoCal Film Fest.

Past & Current Patrons, We Thank You!

Phillip Linson
American Film Institute

William Neff, Ph.D
Montana State University

John Bernstein, Ph.D
Boston University

Nav Qateel
Managing Editor, INFLUX Magazine

Homer B. Pettey, Ph.D
University of Arizona

Robert Harris, M.F.A,
Fitchburg State College

Mark Biggs
Missouri State University

Yuri Makino, M.F.A.
University of Arizona

Bridget Murnane, M.F.A.
California State University, Los Angeles

Joan Braderman, M.A.
Hampshire College

C. Sue Brower, Ph.D
Portland State University

Dennis Aig, Ph.D
Montana State University-Bozeman

Rev. Luis Proenca
Loyola Marymount Unviersity

Grace Barnes, Ph.D
University of Miami

Rebecca Ormond, M.F.A.,
California State University, Chico

Becky Smith, M.A.

Karla R. Fuller, Ph.D
Columbia College Chicago

Scott Sublet, M.F.A.
San Jose State University

Alex Ago
University of Southern California

Mark L. Arywitz, M.A.
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Joseph Fortunato
Arizona State University

Susan Sandler
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Jon Stahl, M.F.A.
California State University, Northridge

Tom Musca, M.F.A.
College of Santa Fe

Chip Chalmer
Florida State

F. Miguel Valenti
Arizona State University

Deborah Meehan
Pratt Institute

Tania Khalaf, M.F.A.
University of North Texas

Robert Arnett, Ph.D
Old Dominion University

Richard Dubin
Syracuse Unviersity

Janos J. Kovacsi
University of North Carolina

Paul Schneider
Boston University

Bruce Yonemoto
University of California, Irvine

Cari Callis
Columbia College

Jennifer Hardacker
Pacific University, Oregon

Thank you to all of our Distinguished Patrons.

Past jurors have included participants from: Warner Bros. / Atlantic / Cotillion’s Group Slave, G5 Entertainment; 7th Art Releasing; Sharon Smith Talent, ; Ascendant Pictures; Foote Cone & Belding; Rogue Arts; State of California Media Department; AEI; Metropolitan Talent Agency, Barnholtz Entertainment; Niad Management; Videomaker Magazine; The People Store; VersusMedia; Cinemavault Releasing International

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A Note From the SoCal …

The SoCal Film Festival launched in 2005 with the goal of sharing the work of independent filmmakers to a film watching community.

We have award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; a professional panel of jury members and screeners; volunteer opportunities; and scores of film watching attendees …

Our goal is to continually create a truly important film festival for independent filmmakers and screenwriters … and a truly independent film festival. While we have sponsors and partners that help make the event happen, they too believe in and support our mission.

We hope you consider the SoCal an important part of the industry as we make every effort to put your films in front of other filmmakers; industry pros and, of course, film watchers. An outlet for Independent filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.

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