12 Winner Videos of 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival

Check out the 12 amazing winning videos of the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF)!


We loved this year’s entries for the New York City Drone Film Festival which wrapped a week ago and we really enjoyed looking at as many of the short-listed entries as we could manage. But the winners of each category are in a class of their own!

The winners of the 2nd Annual New York City Drone Film Festival were announced live at a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America Theater on March 5, 2016.

Awards were presented in 12 competitive categories, with an additional Audience Choice award and an additional Best In Show award.

Check out the 2016 NYCDFF winning films below.

We hope you find these pieces as inspiring as we do. They might even encourage you to enter your drone movie or drone photograph into a Drone Film or Photography Festival. Check our comprehensive list of drone film festivals for details of over 30 festivals along with their entry dates.

2016 NYCDFF Narrative Winner: “The Smallest Empire”


2016 #NYCDFF NARRATIVE WINNER: THE SMALLEST EMPIRE by CORRIDOR DIGITAL from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Corridor Digital
Director: Sam Gorski
Producer: Jake Watson
Film Location: Los Angeles, California
Team Location: Los Angeles, California


2016 NYCDFF Extreme Sports & Best in Show Winner: “Afterglow: Lightsuit Segment”

2016 #NYCDFF EXTREME SPORTS & BEST IN SHOW WINNER: AFTERGLOW LIGHTSUIT SEGMENT by SWEETGRASS PRODUCTIONS from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Sweetgrass Productions
Director: Mike Brown, Nick Waggoner
Producer: Zac Ramras
Film Location: Golden Alpine Holidays–Sentry Lodge, BC; Alyeska Resort, AK; Alaskan Wilderness, AK
Team Location: Salt Lake City, Utah


2016 NYCDFF Technical Winner: Art Of Shades “All Away”

2016 #NYCDFF TECHNICAL WINNER: ART OF SHADES “ALL AWAY” by PASCAL ANQUETIL & COLIN SOLAL CARDO from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Pascal Anquetil & Colin Solal Cardo
Director: Colin Solal Cardo
Producer: Phillippe Claverie
Drone Pilot & Camera: Pascal Anquetil (Athenium Films)
Camera Tilt: Lilian Marolleau (Athenium Films)
Dance Performed & Choreographed By: Abdoulaye Barry & Marina Lilia Dessi
Music: “All Away” by Art of Shades (Leonardo Dessi)


2016 NYCDFF Architecture Winner: “Greystone Rising”

2016 #NYCDFF ARCHITECTURE WINNER: GREYSTONE RISING by JODY JOHNSON (GLIDEBYJJ) from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Jody Johnson (GlideByJJ)
Drone Pilot & Director: Jody Johnson
Editing: Lisa Marie Blohm
Music: Pond5.com
Spoken Words From Interviews Provided By: Antiquity Echoes
Film Location: Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, New Jersey
Team Location: Morris County, New Jersey


2016 NYCDFF Dronie Winner: “The Shark Drone”

2016 #NYCDFF DRONIE WINNER: THE SHARK DRONIE by BEHIND THE MASK from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Behind the Mask
Director & Producer: Florian Fischer
Drone Pilot: Christian Back, Florian Fischer
Team: Al Curry, Christian Back, Florian Fischer, Mace, Michael Kugler, Mario Medaveric
Film Location: Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas
Team Location: Germany


2016 NYCDFF Featuring Drones Winner: “Sparked”

2016 #NYCDFF FEATURING DRONES WINNER: SPARKED: A LIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN HUMANS AND QUADCOPTERS from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

Full Title: Sparked: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters
By: Cirque Du Soleil, ETH Zurich & Verity Studios
Film Production Company: who’s mcqueen picture GmbH
Music By: Danny Elfman, copyright 2011, Zarkiris Limited Partnership, C:Lab – the Creative Laboratory of Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, Verity Studios
Film Location: ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering in Zurich, Switzerland
Team Location: Zurich, Switzerland


2016 NYCDFF Freestyle FPV Winner: “Abandonado”


2016 #NYCDFF FREESTYLE FPV WINNER: ABANDONADO by CARLOS PUERTOLAS (CHARPU) from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Carlos Puertolas (Charpu)
Director: Carlos “Charpu” Puertolas
Film Location: Mexico
Team Location: Los Angeles, California


2016 NYCDFF Landscape Winner: “Wild Scotland”

2016 #NYCDFF LANDSCAPE WINNER: WILD SCOTLAND by JOHN DUNCAN from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: John Duncan
Director: John Duncan
Colorist: Drew Gibson
Sound Design: Pete Smith
Film Location: Scotland
Team Location: Edinburgh, Scotland


2016 NYCDFF News & Documentary Winner: “Hidden Worlds: Son Doong Cave”

2016 #NYCDFF NEWS & DOCUMENTARY WINNER: HIDDEN WORLDS: SON DOONG CAVE, GOOD MORNING AMERICA from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Maria Stefanopoulus, Good Morning America
GMA Anchor: Ginger Zee
Production Manager and Live Drone Producer: Maria Stefanopoulus
Senior Producer: Morgan Zalkin
Engineering Manager: Josh Hayden
Producer: Bartley Price
DJI Drone Pilot: Ferdinand Wolf
DJI Drone Camera Operator: Romeo Durscher
ENG Camera Operator: Chris Komives
Engineer: John Sweeney, Rick Knipe, Joe Biscotti
Tape Producer: Doug Vollmayer
Editor: Jeremy Phillips, Dan Recalde, Yoni Mintz
Film Location: Son Doong Cave, Central Vietnam
Team Location: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Germany, London


2016 NYCDFF Showreel Winner: “Skynamic”

2016 #NYCDFF SHOWREEL WINNER: SKYNAMIC from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Skynamic
Drone Pilot: Ferdinand Wolf
Drone Camera Operators: Julian Glöckner, Gabriel Manz
Film Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Team Location: Berlin, Germany


2016 NYCDFF X-Factor Winner: “Dance Crazy”

2016 #NYCDFF X-FACTOR WINNER: DANCE CRAZY by Wild Rabbit Productions from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Wild Rabbit Productions
Directed By: Katee Laine and Drew Roberts
Produced By: Dave Radin and Nathan LaBruzza
Drone Pilot: Drew Roberts
Camera Operator: Katee Laine
Visual Observer: Nathan LaBruzza
Ballet Talent: Andie Bartol
Edited By: Aaron Warzynski
BTS By: Chris Whitaker
Motivational Supporter: Dan Kanes
Music By: Teemid (feat. Joie Tran) – Crazy
Film Location: Los Angeles, California
Team Location: Los Angeles, California


2016 NYCDFF Audience Choice Winner: “Dronie Proposal”

2016 #NYCDFF AUDIENCE CHOICE WINNER: DRONIE PROPOSAL by TARSICIO SANUDO from NYCDFF on Vimeo.

By: Tarsicio Sanudo


Are you in love with aerial cinematography? Watch the 8 winners from 2016 Flying Robot Film Festival, or the 6 winners of 2016 Interdrone Drone Film Festival!

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