2018 Heartland International Film Festival Premiere “Seeing is Believing: Women Direct”
2017 AWC International Matrix Award Winner for work pertaining to raising awareness about female directors
Audience Award Winner for Best Feature Film SOHO Intl. Film Festival: “Seeing is Believing: Women Direct”
Best Documentary Ridgewood Int. Film Festival: “Seeing is Believing: Women Direct”
Two-time Emmy Award Nominated Director (2017/2018): “Venice the Series”
Winner Best Short Narrative Film/Best Actress in a Short Film Philadelphia Independent Film Festival: “Butterflies”
Two Time Emmy winning, six time nominated actor: “All My Children” and “As the World Turns”
Mia- aka Mama Mia is a busy Italian Mama of 3 kiddos. Mia is the current Midday Radio Personality on 101.3 The Mix KATY FM. Mia’s on the airwaves from 10 am -3 pm Monday – Saturday here in her hometown the Temecula Valley for the past 7 years. Although Mia has been in the radio broadcasting industry since 1997 rocking the mic at KRTM FM 88.9, KHTS FM 93.3, and XHTZ FM 90.3. Mia has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years in Southern California and loves every minute of it. Whether she was Co -Hosting a San Diego radio morning show or hosting popular shows at Sea World San Diego like Sha mu night show, The Dolphin Show, or hosting Pepsi’s Club Sea World. Mia has proven she is born to rock a mic and entertain all ages. These days you can see Mia out hosting lots of live radio broadcasts around town, as well as being a professional Emcee for many reputable events like galas, concerts, charity events, and Temecula Chamber events. Lately, Mia is having fun getting behind the camera hosting shows like the Celebrity Chef Showcase for Reality Rally, Endorsement video testimonials, and recently The Spectrum of Innovation Show. Plus, she specializes in professional voice over work as well and enjoys working with clients. Mia is thrilled to be living out her dream and fulfilling her passion for working in the entertainment industry.
Mia from 91.3 the Mix will emcee the Digifest awards banquet at Temecula City Hall Conference Center, 4:30 pm, Sunday, April 14. The Mix will also be broadcasting live from Digifest on Saturday, April 13th.
Niketa Calame is a Los Angeles native actress most noted for her role as the voice of Young Nala in Disney’s 32nd animated film The Lion King. She received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York and her BA degree from UC Santa Cruz. Niketa is a proud member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. When Niketa is not on stage or the screen she is a motivational speaker and has also been advocating as a project ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, co- founder of IV I II Studios, an impact documentary company and an adjunct professor teaching acting to college students and a few private acting clients. For more info on booking Niketa Calame visit Https://linktr.ee/niketacalame
Niketa Caleme will host the Digifest screenings at Temeku Theaters, 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 13th and participate in our Industry Panel at City Hall Conference Center, 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 14th
Anne Walker Farrell
A Bay Area transplant living in Los Angeles, Anne Walker Farrell has worked in nearly every department of television production during her fourteen years in the animation industry. Currently a director on Final Space season 2, and previously a director on Bojack Horseman, she has worked with a wide variety of clients, including MTV (Good Vibes), Nickelodeon (Random! Cartoons), Bento Box (Murder Police), and Cartoon Network (The Mr. Men Show, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi).
The creator of Starseeking, an ongoing sci-fi webcomic (www.starseekingcomic.com), she enjoys traveling with her husband, hanging with her two cats, and unintentionally murdering an inordinate number of blameless houseplants.
Anne Walker Farrell will be leading an animation panel at JDS Studios, 11:30 am, Saturday, April 13th. She’ll also be doing portfolio reviews. Click Here to sign-up for yours!
Ashley Long has thirteen years of industry experience with a focus in adult comedy tv animation. Currently, she is the Supervising Director on Paradise PD for Netflix, and the only female Supervising Director working in adult prime time style content at this time.
Directing credits include Brickleberry (Bento Box/ Comedy Central), The Awesomes (Bento Box/ Hulu), Legends of Chamberlain Heights (Bento Box/ Comedy Central), and The Adventures of Kid Danger (Powerhouse/ Nickelodeon).
Storyboard credits include American Dad, Brickleberry, Be Cool Scooby-Doo (presentation pitch), The Awesomes, and Jetsons vs. WWE (Warner Bros. direct-to-video movie).
She has served as the Retakes Director (post) for three productions and has experience doing character and prop design. Her career started at Fox TV Animation, in the revisions and storyboard departments of American Dad.
Ashley Long will be participating in the animation panel at JDS Studios, 11:30 am, Saturday, April 13th.
Lissa Treiman was born in the city of Los Angeles and has never managed to leave. After graduating from CalArts with a degree in cartoons, she began working as a storyboard artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 2007, where she has contributed to films such as Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Ralph Breaks the Internet. She is currently Head of Story on an unannounced future project. She has made the occasional foray into comics in her spare time, providing the art for the first six issues of Giant Days from Boom! Studios.
Lissa loves dogs. All dogs. At the time of writing this she still does not know how to ride a bicycle (shameful).
Lissa Treiman will be participating in the animation panel at JDS Studios, 11:30 am, Saturday, April 13th.
Noëlle Raffaele is an animator, story artist, designer, and director in the animation industry. She hails from New York City, where she graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art and got her start in TV concept art and motion graphics animation. Noëlle has worked in the capacity of character designer, story artist, and art director on such titles as The Legend of the Three Caballeros, (Disney Interacive), Everstar (TV pilot – Amazon), Lizzie (Dreamworks TV), RadLands, Monster High (Mattel), Barbie: Super Sparkle (Mattel) and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. She later became a full-time story artist for Warner Bros. Feature animation, where she worked on Ninjago (2017), S.C.O.O.B. (not yet released), and development for Space Jam 2, Billion Brick Race, and other yet to be announced titles. Most recently, Noëlle is a director on the first two seasons of Warner Bros. brand new show, DC Superhero Girls, which premiered on Cartoon Network on March 8th, 2019. The show has started out with a bang, airing a TV movie that introduces Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Zatanna, Green Lantern, and Bumblebee as teenagers and heroes in Sweet Justice. Noëlle relishes the opportunity to promote the animation medium, empower girls, and mentor other female creative voices emerging today.
Noelle Raffaele will be participating in the animation panel at JDS Studios, 11:30 am, Saturday, April 13th.
Sam Leichtamer is a lifelong gamer, content creator, and a social media producer. Her experience includes; currently working for GameSpot as a social media producer and host, creating content and livestreams in partnership with Ubisoft, EA, Sony, and Riot Games. She manages the social media coverage for gaming conventions such as E3, PAX, Gamescom, GDC, and BlizzCon (to name a few.) Prior to that she hosted a League of Legends YouTube show “/AllChat”, spotlighting cosplay, fan art, music, and community passion projects. Sam has also written content for USgamer, Shacknews, Prima Games and AOL Games.com.
Samantha Leichtamer will be leading a gaming panel at JDS Studios, 1:30 pm, Saturday, April 13th.
Jay Will is a well-established record producer and songwriter. His credits range from Michael Jackson and, Brandy to new upcoming domestic and international artist. He is also the owner of iRize International, an artist development and management company. His company helps singers all over the world reach their goal of musical stardom through the digital music world. He has helped 100’s of singers turn their musical dreams into a career. His production and songwriting credits cover just about every style of music. He has gotten recording artists charted in country, R&B, dance, etc. Jay has a strong passion for what he does and believes no dream is impossible with the right executed plan.
Jay Will present “How to make money being an artist in the Digital World.” at JDS Studios, 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 13th
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.
Mario Ortiz will participate in our Industry Panel at City Hall Conference Center, 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 14th
Jacob Fleisher has been writing professionally for over 20 years. He started writing cable promos, while performing stand up and improv in New York City. Jacob has written features for major studios and TV shows for Nickelodeon, Netflix, MTV, and Cartoon Network. Millions have seen his web videos and he has sold web projects to numerous content studios. Along with punch-up and polish work on a wide variety of projects, Jacob currently works at Warner Brothers Animation, writing Looney Tunes. See his full resume and all his web videos here: www.jacobfleisher.com
Jacob Fleisher will participate in our Industry Panel at City Hall Conference Center, 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 14th
Producer, creator, writer Daniel Dominguez was born lower middle class in a desert town where families went to Carl’s Jr. for vacation. Daniel joined the military to get money for college only to realize, boy oh boy, did he not belong there. Daniel has worked continuously since he first staffed in 2012. In addition to the below credits, he has developed shows for Universal Cable Productions, Nickelodeon, Disney and Netflix. Credits include Seis Manos (Executive Producer), Captain Underpants (Staff Writer), Camp WWE (Staff Writer), Spongebob Squarepants (Writer), Crash & Berstein (Staff Writer), Oh Sit! (Staff Writer).
Daniel Dominguez will participate in our Industry Panel at City Hall Conference Center, 6:00 pm, Sunday, April 14th