****DigiFest Temecula ****
Short Film & Video | Podcasts | Music | Animation | websites | Photography
Graphic Design | Comics | Gaming | Fine Art | Illustration | And more...

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 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 2023?
Submissions Open October 1st - Early deadline Jan. 23
- Professional(Standard): $20 USD
- Student: $10 USD
- Students 18 and Under: $5 Discount

Late Deadline (Jan. 24 - Mar. 6, 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, 2023. You can email us at info@jdscreativeacademy.org if you do not receive a message.

Will my work be presented at the festival?
All accepted entries can be viewed on location during the festival. Select films will be screened only Saturday Evening April 22nd, Location to be determined at this time. You will receive an email notification if your film is selected for the evening screenings.

For class and k-12 student discounts on entries
Contact info@jdscreativeacademy.org

Overall Rating
  • Kerron Andrews

    I'll be remiss if I didn't say it was an honor to be selected and win an award at this festival. Most importantly, the environment they created for filmmakers to learn from other industry professionals was invaluable. Looking Forward to attending again next year.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Kerron! We are happy to hear from you and we hope to see you in April once again. We are hard at work to create a grand DigiFest 2023

  • Hui Tan

    I deeply appreciate the opportunity from DigiFest Temecula 2022, which also provide a great platform for our filmmakers to communicate and learn from each others!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Hui. Our goal is to help create networking and community for all of our digital artists!

  • tommy anderson

    Great Opportunity and communication during such an odd time for our industry. Glad to be chosen and to be a part. Thanks for the acknowledgements!!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    We hope to see more from you next year! We strive to make the festival the best it can be even during the days of readjustment for all of us.

  • My film lost Angel - Kate was screened and my lead actress Anna Storm attended the festival. It is fun and professional. Great event.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was lovely to meet Anna! We hope to see more of your work next year!

  • Renee Pezzotta

    The Digifest Festival in Temecula, CA was amazing! They were so well organized and offered a great experience for all the filmmakers and attendees! Our film Geisting was honored to be a part of it and ecstatic to get an honorable mention. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing future projects to Digifest Temecula.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alex! It was so fabulous to have Renee speak and share her experience. Your film Geisting - was wonderful to see up on the big screen! Congratulations and we look forward to seeing more of your creativity at DigiFest Temecula.