Digital Media Festival & Competition

DigiFest® celebrates multi-media’s unique power to bring together several media forms that share original stories, diverse perspectives, and rich emotional journeys through collaborating digital mediums.

Diane Strand

Founder JDS Creative Academy | DigiFest® Temecula

DigiFest® Temecula

JDS Creative Academy has reinvented what the City of Temecula recognized as the International Temecula Film and Music Festival into what is now referred to as DigiFest® Temecula. DigiFest® Temecula is a vehicle for the community and region to come together and experience digital media in many creative and artistic forms. DigiFest® Temecula is also a place to learn about industry advancements, how to pursue a career in the industry, and how to incorporate digital arts into the economic culture.

2021 Emerald Award

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DigiFest 2023 Recap

Last Years DigiFest® was a thrilling in-person extravaganza! Attendees immersed themselves in captivating talks from industry luminaries, immersive workshops, exclusive screenings, and vibrant networking sessions. Throughout the event, participants seized unparalleled opportunities to glean insights from our esteemed Industry Panelists and forge meaningful connections, making it a weekend to remember.elists, and network with other participants all weekend via a ZOOM feature and a Virtual Studio Audience!


Event Schedule

2024

  • Studio Doors Open

    6:00 PM

    Studio Doors Open

    Studio Doors Open – Arrive on the Blue Carpet for Pictures and Networking. DigiRita, Cocktails and Mocktails will be available for purchase. Appetizers will be served.

  • DigiFest Temecula 2024 Begins

    7:00 PM

    DigiFest Temecula 2024 Begins

    SHOWTIME!

  • Crafting Captivating Content: The Art and Science of Branded Entertainment with LUXHAMMER

    7:15 PM

    Evan Cholfin,Executive Producer, from LUXHAMMER Productions, Daniel Robert Cohn, Director/Filmmaker, Richard Tiland, Digital Storyteller

    Crafting Captivating Content: The Art and Science of Branded Entertainment with LUXHAMMER

    Join us at DigiFest® for an exclusive presentation with industry luminaries from LUXHAMMER: CEO/Film Executive Producer Evan J. Cholfin, Director Daniel Robert Cohn, and Digital Storyteller Richard Tiland. You won’t want to miss their presentation as they delve into branded entertainment and offer an insider’s view into the process of crafting captivating content that resonates with audiences worldwide. Gain insights into the art of storytelling and audience engagement as Cholfin, Cohn, and Tiland share their wealth of experience and expertise in the field. The presentation will end with an exclusive look at the short film, “The Rise of SuperMouth”. This ground-breaking project has captured the imagination of over one billion unique monthly visitors across media platforms. Dive deep at DigiFest® 2024.

  • Entertainment

    9:30 PM

    Entertainment

    After Party & Entertainment with Performance by Travis Guilliams – Singer/Songwriter 

    DigiRita, Cocktails and Mocktails will be available for purchase. Appetizers will be served. 

  • Studio Doors Open

    11:00 AM

    Studio Doors Open

    Enjoy Creative Exhibits, hang out in the Digi Lounge and Engage in interactive experiences.

  • From Socials to Screen: Connecting Reality TV and Social Media Synergy

    11:30 AM

    Summer Helen, Executive Producer & Digital Marketer for Paramount Pictures and God Brandit Productions and Jarred "Bear" Fiorda, MMA Fighter & Digital Media Host

    From Socials to Screen: Connecting Reality TV and Social Media Synergy

     Join us at DigiFest® for an electrifying presentation featuring Summer Helene, Executive Producer & Digital Marketer at Paramount Pictures and God Bradit Productions, and Jarred “Bear” Fiorda, MMA Fighter & Host. Learn about the dynamic world of digital media as Summer shares her expertise in producing captivating content and leveraging digital platforms for maximum impact. Jarred “Bear” Fiorda offers unique insights on being an influencer in the digital landscape. From marketing strategies to personal anecdotes, this presentation promises to be a riveting exploration of success in digital media.

  • Lunch

    12:30

    Lunch

    El Chiro Catering is available for purchase. Enjoy Creative Exhibits and hang out in the Digi Lounge and engage in interactive experiences.

  • Animating the Future: Crafting Digital Worlds

    1:30

    Michael Ruocco, Animator

    Animating the Future: Crafting Digital Worlds

    Dive into the fascinating world of digital animation with acclaimed animator Michael Ruocco. In this workshop, Michael will share his expertise and insider tips on mastering the art of digital animation. From character design to motion graphics, participants will learn essential techniques and creative approaches to bring their digital creations to life. Whether you’re a seasoned animator or just starting out, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to enhance your skills and unleash your creativity in the digital realm. Join us at DigiFest® and embark on an exciting journey into the world of animation!

  • Acting in the Digital Stoplight: Exploring the Intersection of Acting and Digital Creativity

    3:00 PM

    Kelly Theibaud, Emmy Award Winning Actress

    Acting in the Digital Stoplight: Exploring the Intersection of Acting and Digital Creativity

     Join Emmy award-winning actress Kelly Thiebaud as she shares the dynamic relationship between acting and digital creativity. From her experiences on and off the screen, Kelly provides insights into how acting and being a storyteller in the digital world enhances the art of the performance, inspiring creators to forge deeper connections with their audiences. Get ready to explore the power of storytelling in the digital age and ignite your passion for creativity like never before!

  • Studio Doors Close

    5:00 PM

    Studio Doors Close

    Studio Closed: Preparing for Evening Screening

  • Studio Doors Open

    6:00 PM

    Studio Doors Open

    Enjoy Creative Exhibits, Vote for People’s Choice, hang out in the Digi Lounge and engage in interactive experiences. Concession and Beverages available for purchase.

  • DigiFest® Special Screening

    7:00 PM

    DigiFest® Special Screening

    Digifest Screenings, Film, Video & Animation Digi Award Contenders, People’s Choice Voting Open. Enjoy Creative Exhibits, Vote for People’s Choice, hang out in the Digi Lounge and engage in interactive experiences. Concession and Beverages are available for purchase.

  • Doors Open

    11:00 AM

    Doors Open

    Enjoy Creative Exhibits and hang out in the Digi Lounge and engage in interactive experiences and Enjoy Sponsored Coffee & Pastries 

  • Workshop: Lights, Camera, Live: Unleashing the Power of Live Video in Digital Marketing

    11:30 AM

    Stephanie Garcia, Social Media YouTube Expert

    Workshop: Lights, Camera, Live: Unleashing the Power of Live Video in Digital Marketing

     Join Stephanie Garcia, the visionary force behind Lights, Camera, Live, a brand dedicated to helping small businesses thrive online, as she delves into the transformative potential of live video for digital marketing. Drawing from her extensive expertise in social media and content creation, Stephanie will explore the strategic use of live video to engage audiences, build brand authenticity, and drive meaningful connections in today’s dynamic digital landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned marketer or an emerging content creator, this enlightening presentation promises valuable insights and actionable tips to elevate your online presence and maximize your impact through the captivating medium of live video.

  •  Creative Convergence: The Intersection of AI, Business and the Arts

    1:00 PM

    Robert Welsh, AI Specialist and Co-Founder of Vivians.io & Marni Molina, AI Specialist, Author & Editor

    Creative Convergence: The Intersection of AI, Business and the Arts

     Join Robert Welsh, esteemed AI specialist and Co-Founder of Vivians.io, as he embarks on a captivating exploration of the intricate relationship between artificial intelligence, business dynamics, and the realm of artistic expression. Through illuminating anecdotes, cutting-edge insights, and thought-provoking analysis, Welsh unveils the transformative power of AI in revolutionizing traditional paradigms, fostering innovative business strategies, and nurturing boundless creativity across various artistic domains. Don’t miss out on this enriching opportunity to gain valuable insights and envision the future landscape where technology and human ingenuity intersect to shape our world.

  •  People Choice Award Vote Closes

    1:00 PM

    People Choice Award Vote Closes

  • Studio Closes

    2:30 PM

    Studio Closes

  • Digi Awards Celebration

    4:00 PM

    Digi Awards Celebration

    Walk the Blue Carpet at the DigiFest® Awards Celebration. Cocktails & Mocktails will be available for purchase. Appetizers will be served. Take some pictures, enjoy entertainment before finding out who has won a DigiAward!

  • Crafting Digital Masterpieces: Insights from Emmy Award-Winning Director Matt Sellars

    5:00 PM

    Matt Sellars, Emmy Award Winning Director

    Crafting Digital Masterpieces: Insights from Emmy Award-Winning Director Matt Sellars

     Join us for an enlightening Keynote presentation by acclaimed Emmy Award Winning Director Matt Sellars, as he shares his journey and expertise in the world of digital creativity. From conceptualization to execution, Matt offers valuable insights behind the scenes, with stories from his Emmy Award-winning projects. Whether you’re an aspiring Director or a seasoned professional, this presentation promises to inspire and inform, providing tips, tools and knowledge to elevate your digital creations. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage and learn from an award winning visionary director.

    Performance by Joanna Pearl, Singer/Songwriter

  • Awards Presentation

    6:30 PM

    Awards Presentation

  • After Party

    7:30

    After Party

DigiFest® Swag

DigiFest Mug
SKU: DigiFest Mug
$8.00 ADD TO CART
DigiFest Travel Mug
SKU: DigiFest Travel Mug
$10.00 ADD TO CART
DigiFest Reusable Grocery Bag
SKU: DigiFest Reusable Grocery Bag
$3.00 ADD TO CART

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