****DigiFest Temecula ****

DigiFest acknowledges talent in the industry at all levels and ages, incorporating 6th-12th graders, amateurs, and professionals.

JDS Creative Academy, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization, 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.

We accept entries in: Short Film and Video (30 minutes and under), Animation, Photography, Music ( 5 minutes and under), Website Design, Fine Art and Illustration, Podcasts, and Gaming. Make plans to get your tickets for the event so you don't miss the break out rooms to network, enjoy workshops, speakers, view entries and explore the galleries!

A Beautiful DigiAward is given to the winners chosen by a panel of Industry Professionals in the following Categories:
Films (30 minutes and under), Animation, Website Design, Comics, Photography, Music (5 minutes and under), Music Videos (15 minutes and under), Gaming, Podcasts, Fine Art and Illustration

A framed certificate is given in each category for People's Choice and Honorable Mention in each of the above categories

How do I submit my work?
All submissions accepted via FilmFreeway. Please follow the directions via FilmFreeway to create your account and submit. We are able to accept submissions physically if you must send to, or deliver in person to our Temecula offices; however, they must be accompanied by a Paid FilmFreeway application. For special circumstances, please email digifest@jdscreativeacademy.org.

What are the deadlines and fees for DigiFest Temecula 2022?
- Professional(Standard): $20 USD
- Student: $10 USD
- Students 18 and Under: $5 Discount

Late Deadline (Jan. 8 - Mar. 25, 2022):
- Professional(Standard): $25 USD
- Students: $15 USD
- Student 18 and Under: : $5 Discount

What are the submission requirements?
- Completed entry on FilmFreeway.
- Digital screener - Vimeo link (preferred) or Secure Online Screener.
- Submissions must be uploaded and submitted no later than the deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.
- Paid entry fee
- No previously submitted entries to DigiFest accepted
- You will be disqualified if previously submitted entries, or non-original work is submitted,
- Films, Music, and Music Videos all have their own

Is my film eligible for DigiFest Temecula?
- DigiFest Temecula eligibility requirements:
- Films must be no more than 30 minutes in length, credits included.
- If selected, films should be available for projection in DCP, but not required.
- All non-English-language films must have English subtitles.
- Was it submitted in year's past?
- Is it ORIGINAL Work?

Do you accept works-in-progress?
DigiFestTemecula accepts only Final cuts

Do you accept films that are already available online?
Yes! DigiFest Temecula does not require a premiere status, so online films are eligible.

Do I need to submit a DCP?
You do not need to have a DCP for consideration.

Do I need to submit a press kit or any other materials?
You do not need to provide any publicity materials with your official submission. The programming department will reach out to you directly with materials requests if they are needed.

When will I know if I've been selected?
Please check your messages on FilmFreeway if you do not receive an email by April 10, 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Cody Signore

    Fantastic Fest with some incredibly gracious people. Happy to have been a part of it.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    We are happy you entered also and we hope you will keep watch for DigiFest 2022. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Angela Carole Brown

    A most heartfelt thank you to DigiFest Temecula for making my whole year. Not one but two of my pieces got selected for the festival, had screenings, and won a couple of awards. The experience couldn't have been any better. Yet, all of that aside, the festival was organized and an easy pleasure to navigate to be able to attend different screenings, and the films screened were all fantastic. What a blessing that it could continue even through a pandemic! Very engaging! Very happy this exists for filmmakers, videomakers, and other multi-media artists trying to get their creations out there in a positive way.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Angela for entering our festival! We are so happy you enjoyed the experience and found the format easy to use. We went with the motto, the show must go on! Congratulations and we will see you next year.

  • This festival was very well organized and engaging! It was a great experience and I was glad to be a part of this festival!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jazmin it is so good to hear you enjoyed the DigiFest. We hope you continue to follow us and be a part of DigiFest next year too.

  • Jesse Maddox

    I didn't get to attend this festival virtually, but it seemed nice! Plus, I won an award! :)

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jesse...and Congratulations!!! Loved "Wake Up". We wish you much success!!

  • A big thank you to everyone over at DigiFest for pushing through these crazy times and still keeping the fest going. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Pat!!! We appreciate your saying so, and look forward to next year too...!