Each year Comic-Con chooses a trio of judges to view the submissions of genre films we receive for the CCI-IFF. These judges, respected individuals in the fields of film and popular arts, decide which films will be screened in the festival. The judges for 2017 are Tamiko Brownlee, Steve Desmond, and Ted Raimi.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas to a Canadian-Japanese mother and a South African father, Tamiko Brownlee is the youngest of three children and grew up doing Tae Kwon Do and participated in a variety of sports: volleyball, softball, gymnastics and dance. She's always loved martial arts and has trained in Muay Thai, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Wushu, Krav Maga and Boxing. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from University of Washington, Tamiko moved to Los Angeles to follow her dreams working in entertainment. Currently she is working as a stunt performer, actress, motion capture actor, fight coordinator and can be seen in everything from movies, television shows, music videos, video games, and commercials. Some of her past notable projects include: Halo 5: Guardians, True Blood, Hawaii Five-O, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, Pretty Little Liars, Officer Downe, Insurgent, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Teen Wolf, Arrow, The Revenant, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, The 100, and Iron Fist. Her upcoming projects include: Somewhere Between, Agents of Mayhem, Game of Thrones, Zoo, Arrow, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Avengers: Infinity War.
Steve Desmond is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a working filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His most recent screenplay Orb was voted for inclusion on the 2016 Blacklist, honoring the best screenplays of the year that have not yet gone into production, and was voted # 1 on the 2016 Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year. His most recent short film Monsters has screened in over 80 film festivals worldwide, winning over 30 awards including Best Horror film and the Judges’ Choice award at the 2016 Comic-Con International Film Festival, along with being named a Vimeo Staff Pick. Monsters also serves as a proof of concept for Steve’s feature screenplay Twisted Avenue, which he is attached to direct. Steve is currently co-writing a sci-fi pilot for IM Global Television based on an Image Comics graphic novel, and is adapting a Hugo Award winning short story. Over the years, he’s worked on film and television projects with Gran Via Productions, Davis Entertainment, and Imagine Entertainment, among others. Steve is repped by APA.
Cult horror movie favorite, Ted Raimi has written and directed more than a dozen horror shorts for Lionsgate’s break.com and Starz Media’s online presence. Additionally, he wrote and directed most of the ads for Starz Facebook and Twitter publicity for Ash vs. the Evil Dead season 2 and created the famous Shemp’s Beer Campaign which has now garnered over one million views online. As an actor, Ted’s feature film credits include Midnight Meat Train, Candyman, Shocker, Born Yesterday, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Grudge, and Oz the Great and Powerful, as well as the Spider-Man series of films. His TV credits include Ash vs. the Evil Dead, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, CSI: NY, Xena: Warrior Princess, and SeaQuest DSV, among many others.