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The Third Annual DigiFest™ Temecula Celebrates the Digital Arts of Hollywood April 12 – 14, 2019

Scheduled Speakers include: Emmy Award-Winning Actress Cady McClain Niketa Calame, Voice of Nala From Disney’s “The Lion King” Producer/YouTuber Samantha Leichtamer.

DigiFest™ Competition Accepting Digital Entries Until March 15th Temecula, CA (February 13, 2019) JDS Creative Academy’s third annual DigiFest will take place on April 12th –14th at JDS Studios, located at 28069 Diaz Rd in Temecula, as well as at Temeku Theaters and the City of Temecula’s Conference Center. DigiFest 2019 will feature renowned guest speakers from the digital media field, create thought-provoking special presentations and provide workshops that will occur throughout the weekend, along with screenings, digital exhibits, expo vendors and an awards banquet.

Presentations will include: April 12th Keynote speaker, Cady McClain, a two-time Emmy Award winning, six-time nominated actress best known for the roles of Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns, will speak about encouraging women to direct and produce. She’s also a two-time Emmy nominated director (Venice the Series), producer, and writer.

April 13th Gaming Panel led by Producer/YouTuber Samantha Leichtamer, gaming content creator, social media producer and YouTuber; How to Be A Vocalist In The Digital World presented by record producer and songwriter Jay Will. Festival screening of competition entries, hosted by Niketa Calame, voice of “Baby Nala” from The Lion King, at Temeku Theaters.

April 14th Adobe Audio Audition with Premier Workshop taught by a certified Adobe Creative Suite trainer and a Green Screen Magic Workshop taught by a professional acting coach. Industry Panel at the Temecula City Hall Conference Center, with Niketa Calame, Mario Ortiz, multiple Emmy award winning director of photography; Jacob Fleisher, writer for Netflix, Warner Bros. Animation, and Nickelodeon; and other professionals to be announced.

The festival’s competition features all things digital including film, video, animation, music, games, photography, graphics and comics. Any media, which is designed digitally or enhanced digitally, is qualified for the competition. Entrant categories begin at age twelve years old and go through adult, with student, amateur and professional categories. Fees are nominal and the final entry deadline is March 15th. The coveted “Digi” Awards will be presented at the awards dinner held on April 14th at the Temecula City Hall Conference Center.

Community support for this event includes Abbott Vascular, Mt. San Jacinto College, Helixstorm, The City of Temecula, Riverside County Film Commission, 101.3 The Mix, Alta Pacific Bank, California State University San Marcos at Temecula, Tristone Cinemas, The Valley Business Journal, Temecula Music Teacher, Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visit Temecula Valley, The Economic Development Coalition, The Law Offices of Rosenstein and Associates, JDS Video & Media Productions and JDS Actors Studio.

JDS Creative Academy welcomes all sponsorship opportunities. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

ABOUT DIGIFEST TEMECULA – JDS Creative Academy has reinvented what the City of Temecula city recognized as the International Temecula Film and Music Festival into what is now referred to as DigiFestTM Temecula. DigiFestTM Temecula is a vehicle for the community and region to come together and experience digital media in many creative and artistic forms; the competition component is an opportunity for students, amateurs, and professionals to enter their digital work for recognition. DigiFestTM 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. For more information about DigiFest, go to

ABOUT JDS CREATIVE ACADEMY -The mission of the 501c3 nonprofit JDS Creative Academy is to advance education and training in the arts, theatre, music, creative writing, fine art and production art. Their objective is to fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) requirement per the California Education Core Standard for the home school, online school, traditional school and trade school populations. JDSCA’s purpose is to enhance the future of the Southwest California Area, our youth, and the arts, as well as the engineering and technological workforce in California and throughout the nation through education, training, and apprenticeship.

For more information on JDSCA go to contact via email or phone 951 296-6715.