Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city will light up for the second annual DroneUp International Film Festival. We have all the details including a promo code for free submissions!


Drone film festivals have been growing in popularity consistently over the last few years.

Many festivals across the world have seen an increase in submissions, sponsorships and media attention since their first editions, from the U.S.-based New York City Drone Film Festival and Flying Robot International Film Festival in San Francisco, the European Cinedrones International Film Festival or the London Drone Film Festival and the Australian blue2blue Drone Film Festival.

DroneUp International Film Festival, which we are proud to sponsor, is now in its second year and the organizer Petio Petkov expects it too to grow considerably.

This edition is already a huge success. Why?

Well, memories of the warm Bulgarian summer complimenting the amazing shots that were captured by some of the best aerial cinematographers across the globe, and screened on a big screen in the ancient Roman Stadium in Plovdiv, meant that the 3000+ guests in 2016 certainly weren’t disappointed!

The Crowd at DroneUp International Film Festival 2016 – © DroneUp International Film Festival

See what happened last year for yourself:

It will be no different in 2017 with this same beautiful city of Plovdiv playing host once again to the 2017 DroneUp International Film Festival taking place on August 25-26.

It’s also an exciting time to visit Plovdiv as the city is getting ready to become the European Capital of Culture in 2019.

Not only will the finalists of each category be shown on the big screen, all attendees will witness live drone demos, learn from interactive workshops, join lively discussions, and wait for Drone Up’s ‘surprises’.

Drone Demos at DroneUp International Film Festival 2016 – © DroneUp International Film Festival

For those who wish to attend the DroneUp International Film Festival 2017, admission is completely free but it is advised to get there early to avoid disappointment.

The categories for entries are as follows: Nature, Urban, Extreme & Wild, Travel, Narrative & Cinematic, Bulgaria.

The submission deadline is June 19, 2017 with screening selection and nominees announced by the jury on July 3, 2017.

Submissions are $30 but with the Skytango promo code, you get to submit your film for FREE! Use the promo code DroneUpandSkyTango (be advised that it is case sensitive).

Check out the DroneUp International Film Festival submission page and of course, we wish you the best of luck! You might even win our Skytango Yearly Pro Membership prize worth $289!

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Photos © Drone Up IFF

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