Australian Drone Film Festival To Premiere in April 2017

The Australian Drone Film Festival (ADFF) will premiere in April 2017 in Margaret River, Western Australia. We talked to its founder Peter Hudson.

The Australian Drone Film Festival (ADFF) has been announced to premiere at the Emergence Creative Festival next year in Margaret River, Western Australia, on Saturday 1st April 2017.

We talked with Peter Hudson of Sunset Cine, the founder of the festival, about the genesis of ADFF and its distinctive features.

“I was living in Central America and Sunset Cine was born in Costa Rica, to take transportable outdoor cinema to rural and remote areas. I returned to Australia and continued the transportable cinema business in Western Australia – a state so large that the winter can be avoided, thus outdoor cinema can be offered all year round”, said Peter to Skytango.

“At the same time, it occurred to me that there was not a short film competition and festival in Australia for films made exclusively with UAV-mounted cameras, and specifically for that festival”.

The Australian Drone Film Festival was soft launched at the Emergence Creative Festival earlier in the year with a great response.

Screened drone films in that occasion came from the San Francisco-based Flying Robot International Film Festival: “In my search for interesting and unique material to screen from international origins, I came across FRiFF, and established an agreement with Eddie Codel (founder) to screen FRiFF in Australia under licence.”

The unique features of the ADFF for 2017 are that feature films must be made specifically for the festival and must reference the Feature Item (which will be “feather” for 2017).

Additionally all films must be 100% shot using UAV-mounted cameras – that doesn’t mean that the UAV must be flying, but the cinemaphotography must come from cameras attached the UAV.

Peter hopes over time the ADFF becomes the premier platform in Australia to showcase short films made exclusively using UAV-mounted cameras, specifically for our festival and encourages creative collaboration between film-makers and drone-pilots.

The partnership with the Emergence Creative Festival, a 4-day festival and conference featuring some of the most talented professionals in the communications, digital, music, visual arts and film industries in Australia, will allow both the Festival to benefit from the relationship.

“Emergence is about innovating, collaborating and pushing creative boundaries, so having the Australian Drone Film Festival as a part of the Emergence Creative Festival was something we felt was a natural fit. We can’t wait to see the submissions!”, Peter told us.

Submission period for films in the 2017 Australian Drone Film Festival closes December 31 2016, with all details on the ADFF site.

“Entries for the 2017 Australian Drone Film Festival are flying in. The first year of what we hope will build into the premier annual platform for short films made exclusively with drone-mounted cameras is promising to be a great one,” Hudson said.

“With 7 categories including a high school student division, we hope film makers and UAV pilots embrace the opportunity to showcase their cinematic talents. This short film festival is not just about showcasing great films, it’s about the creative process of making film using the skills of drone pilots and film makers.”


The Australian Drone Film Festival in now open for your entries. from Australian Drone Film Festival on Vimeo.