2019 Judges

Ralph Score
Ralph Score is one of the festival founders and acts as the Technical Director where he oversees all qualifications for entries as well as DCP conversions for the screenings. An award winning producer/director/engineer with over 45 years of TV and film production experience, Ralph holds an Arts degree in Broadcast Communications from Miller Institute. He is currently employed as a Media Production Specialist and Web Content Coordinator for Valley TeleCom Group where he has produced over 1900 TV shows and won a National Telechoice award for local content. This is his second year as a judge.

Gary Clement
Gary is the Director of the Willcox Historic Theater and General Manager for Studio 128 and is a major force in both film and local arts activities in the City of Willcox. He is currently a sitting board member and Vice President of the Willcox Unified School District. Gary majored in drama at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, AZ., yearning to be an actor until he found his passion for life behind the camera. His work in revitalization and management of the Willcox Historic Theater helped to turn a would be art-house theater into a first run, two screen, state of the art operation that fulfills a huge need in the community. Gary returns this year as a judging alum from the first three years of the festival.

Luis Maria Lopez Benitez
Luis Lopez is an independent producer and media professional who currently lives in Asuncion, Paraguay. He holds a degree in Broadcasting Communications from ITT Technical Institute and is a former producer at Channel 33 Univision in Phoenix, Arizona. Luis was on-hand three years ago at the festival as a visiting photographer and correspondent and says to not be surprised if he makes another surprise visit to the festival in 2019. Luis is currently doing media coverage of the World Tennis Tour for his home nation of Paraguay. This is his fourth year as a judge for the festival.  

Jen Barney
Jen Barney is on faculty at Valley Union High School in Elfrida, AZ. where she teaches Media Production, Photography, Art and Journalism. Jen holds a BA in History from Arizona State University and has been teaching for over 20 years at the Middle and High School levels. She was recognized as the 2017 Cochise County High School Teacher of the Year. This is Jen’s second year as a judge at the festival.

Timothy Bryant
Timothy Bryant is an Executive Producer and owner of Caribou Moving Pictures, an award winning film and TV production company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in Burbank, Tim got a taste for working in film production early on from commercials to feature films that eventually lead to Caribou’s feature film production of “Planet of the Killer Robots”. He recently completed producing the Indie short “Retrocausality” and is working on a script for a Sci-Fi/Action Adventure short. This is Tim’s third year judging at the festival.

Gayle Berry
  Gayle Berry is Executive Director and one of the founders of the Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival. She is the President of the Willcox Historic Theater Preservation and was pivotal in not only bringing the classic theater back to life but in helping it emerge as a shining example of classic theater revitalization and art deco renovation that also includes state of the art digital systems. 2019 is Gayle’s first year as an active judge at the festival.

All entries are judged on a 100 point scoring system for overall production attributes as well as individual disciplines (directing, editing, etc.). Best of Fest is a combination of overall and discipline scores added together.