****DigiFest Temecula Announces 2021 Dates****

We are determined to not let the current situation stop us from Celebrating All Things Digital as we enter our Spring Festival Season! DigiFest 2020 was one of the first festivals to go virtual! We are planning for a hybrid event this year now that we've got the virtual part down pat, so plans are solid for the weekend of April 16, 17 & 18, 2021...for an Interactive Virtual event!

DigiFest(R) 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(R) Temecula. Digifest(R) Temecula is a vehicle for the community and region to come together and experience digital media in many creative and artistic forms. Digifest(R) 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, 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, 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(R) Temecula 2021?
- Professional: $20 USD
- Student: $5 USD

Late Deadline (Feb. 11 - Mar. 22, 2021): Due to the continued Covid challenges, we are not raising submission fees at this time.
- Professional: $20 USD
- Student: $5 USD

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.

Is my film eligible for DigiFest(R) Temecula?
- DigiFest(R) 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.

Do you accept works-in-progress?
DigiFest(R) Temecula accepts only Final cuts

Do you accept films that are already available online?
Yes! DigiFest(R) 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 9, 2021.