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DigiFestⓇ Temecula Sparks Creativity this Spring– Hosted by JDS Creative Academy!

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JDS Creative Academy will host the 8th annual DigiFestⓇ Temecula 2024 three-day signature event on April 19, 20, and 21. This multimedia event celebrates the nonprofit’s mission to advance education, training, and opportunities in visual, performing, and digital arts. DigiFestⓇ is so much more than a film festival! Creators across the digital media spectrum are given the opportunity to showcase their work while attendees immerse themselves in engaging presentations and hands-on workshops, as well as connecting with like-minded artists and reveling in the excitement of earning prestigious awards. 

DigiFestⓇ Temecula serves as a catalyst for bringing the community and region together for a weekend of creativity, networking, inspiration, and entertainment. With screenings, engaging presentations, and workshops held by industry professionals, entertainment, food, spirits, and exhibits, there is something for everyone. Throughout the weekend, speakers and performers will inspire audiences with their captivating narratives as they share their expertise and talent. 

The doors open Friday at 6 pm, as guests are invited to walk the Blue Carpet, take pictures, and enjoy appetizers and beverages while they explore the creative and digital exhibits. Executive Producer Evan Cholfin, Director/Filmmaker Daniel Robert Cohn, and Digital Storyteller Richard Tiland will be sharing the road map of their work, followed by a screening of their short film, The Rise of SuperMouth. Then, the after-party continues with entertainment provided by singer-songwriter, Travis Guilliams.

Saturday will be a full day from 11 am to 4 pm with more amazing speakers and presenters. First up is  Paramount Pictures/God Bradit Productions Executive Producer and Digital Marketer Summer Helene, with MMA Fighter and Host Jarred “Bear” Fiorda, followed by animator, Michael Ruocco, and our keynote speaker for the day Emmy Award-winning actress, Kelly Theibuad. During lunchtime, El Chiro will be on site to serve delicious street tacos, nachos, and snowcones (vegan options available). The studio reopens at 6 pm for the DigiFestⓇ  screenings, where the film, video, and animation Digi contenders take to the big screen. 

Sunday doors open at 11 am with an exciting day of learning and creative growth through interactive workshops led by social media YouTube expert, Stephanie Garcia, and an A.I. Expert. The studio remains open till 1 pm for attendees to view exhibits and get their People’s Choice Award ballots submitted. The studio will then prepare for the awards celebration, rolling out the Blue Carpet again at 4 pm to welcome everyone to the DigiFestⓇ Awards Celebration. DigiFestⓇ 2024 received over 90 submissions across various mediums from students, emerging talent, and professionals. Get ready for an unforgettable evening of celebration and honoring award winners! The keynote speaker for the evening is Emmy Award-Winning Director Matt Sellers. Attendees will also be treated to a performance by two-time Digi Winner singer-songwriter, Joanna Pearl. Afterward, the JDS Creative Academy board will bestow the Digis, the Honorable Mentions, and the People’s Choice Awards. Come enjoy a Digi-Rita, good food, entertainment and so much more at DigiFestⓇ 2024 Awards Celebration!

DigiFestⓇ Temecula 2024 is proudly sponsored by several community members, with our title sponsors leading the forefront: the City of Temecula, Abbott Laboratories, the County of Riverside, and Pechanga Resort & Casino.

DigiFestⓇ tickets are on sale now! There are plenty of options to choose from, including our VIP Tickets and All Access Passes. Go VIP!! It encompasses everything in All Access, plus exclusive one-on-one time with the presenters, a VIP SWAG Bag to take home, a complimentary lunch on Saturday, and a beverage of your choice at each event. There are also options for a general one-day pass, and tickets to individual events (workshops, screenings, and awards). We also have a virtual online experience! We offer student discounts (student ID required) and other discount opportunities are happening all the time. Watch our social media to stay up-to-date and visit digifesttemecula.org for tickets, additional information, and more!

“Our theme is ‘So Much More than a Film Festival’ because we pack so much value into these three days. It’s something for everyone. We cover so many mediums, and provide opportunity after opportunity.” – Diane Strand, DigiFestⓇ Temecula Founder  

DigiFestⓇ is where you get to meet directly with industry professionals and network with peers who share your interests and goals.” –Lynn Cohen, DigiFestⓇ Temecula Chair

About JDS Creative Academy

JDS Creative Academy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Temecula, California, and hosts DigiFestⓇ Temecula. The organization is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and enhancing achievement in video production and workforce development. With a focus on visual, performing, and digital arts, JDS Creative Academy offers programs for mainstream and diverse populations to foster an inclusive environment. For more information, visit www.jdscreativeacademy.org or call JDS Studio at (951) 296-6715.