Event Schedule

DigiFest Temecula 2022


Friday, April 22nd | 6pm – 10pm

6:00 pm      Blue Carpet Arrivals – Live Music Sean O’Brien & Cocktail hour

7:00pm       Speaker: Media/Publicity coach and Casting Director Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown is a media enthusiast who has spent the better part of the last decade working in various areas of the television industry in order to bring happiness and entertainment to the masses. After growing up and graduating college in the Midwest, Jenny moved to LA where she interned and worked at the top entertainment news show in the country, Entertainment Tonight.

8:00pm       Speaker: Television Actress & Personality Kari Michaelsen

Kari Michaelsen’s television, film and theater credits account for an impressive list of accomplishments. She starred in the NBC hit series “Gimme A Break” which brought her fame and wrapped after six successful seasons.

9:00pm      Entertainment: Performing Artist and Community Activist  Torin Floyd

Torin’s entertainment-oriented family nurtured an early interest in performance. He studied music, the recording industry, sound engineering, and art at the San Francisco Art Institute and SF College. Torin returned to LA for additional classes in acting, modeling, and music, studying at The Network Studios, where he developed his breakthrough character, Johnnie B. Bad.

Saturday, April 23rd | 10am – 5pm

11:00am      Speaker: Emmy Winning Cinematographer/ Director of Photography Mario Ortiz

Mario Ortiz is a multiple Emmy award winning director of photography with over 20 years of commercial, corporate and motion picture production experience. He has a passion for camera movement that is evident in the body of his work. As a certified Steadicam/Glidecam operator and Jib owner operator, Mario has much to offer his clients.

1:30pm      Animation/Comics Panel: Led by Cathy Nolan

                    Panelists: Historian Andrew Farago, Cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity, and Animator James Crowley

Join renowned caricaturist and illustrator Cathy Nolan as she moderates a discussion about the animation and comic industries between curator and historian Andrew Farago, animator and storyboard artist James Crowley, and cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity. There will be time for an audience Q&A at the end.

3:00pm      Speaker: Renee Pezzotta

As a technology and Learning enthusiast Renee Pezzotta has spent the last 15 years working in technology as an instructional and learning experience designer for Yahoo!, Google, Amazon, and YouTube. As a working actor, Renee has done a ton of work in TV and film including: “How to get away with Murder,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Gilmore Girls,” and most recently in Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos” where she and Nicole Kidman reimagined the iconic grape stomping scene from “I Love Lucy”.

6:00pm – 10:00pm    Submission Screenings: JDS Studios

Catch DigiFest submissions on the big screen! Starting at 6:00PM on Saturday, April 23, short film, animation, and other submissions will be viewed.

Sunday, April 24th | 5pm – 9pm

1:00pm – 3:00pm      Studio Open for Final Peoples Choice Award Voting

Digi Awards Banquet & Ceremony

Walk the blue carpet at the DigiFest awards banquet on Sunday, April 24. Enjoy cocktail hour, entertainment, and dinner before finding out who has won a DigiAward!

5:00pm      Welcome & Cocktail Hour – Live Music by Sean O’Brien

EMC Mia Dignan

5:30pm      Buffett Dinner 

Entertainment by Elizabeth Osi

Keynote Guest: Emmy Winning Voice Over Actress & Voice of the 81st Academy Awards Broadcast Gina Tuttle

Gina Tuttle’s credits include theatre, independent film, and guest star roles on television. She is also one of America’s top voice-over artists, and has been the voice of over 400 commercials- she was the ‘voice of the Oscars’ four times, working with Ellen Degeneres, Steve Martin, Don La Fontaine, and Hugh Jackman. Gina won an Emmy for the 2009 telecast. She graduated from Maile image, modeling, and acting school and has studied with Larry Moss and Wynn Handman.

Some of her other works include, The New Leave it to Beaver, Stereotypically Me, Unseen Debate, and voiceover work for companies such as Disney, Marvel, and Forbes.

Digi Awards

We will be announcing the Digi winners along with our honorable mentions, and the peoples choice!

Awards After Party until 10:00 pm! Featuring DJ High Limitz