Check the top drone film festivals available around the world to aerial filmmakers, cinematographers using drones and drone enthusiasts!

We created for you the best list of top drone film festivals 2017.

In recent years, drones have opened up a whole new world of photography & filming, for professional cinematographers and consumers alike. Drones have now become part and parcel of the tools in a cinematographers arsenal, allowing directors and producers a birds-eye view of the action.

The quality of drone films and images is getting better and better all the time, and drone enthusiasts are becoming more innovative about the way drones are used to tell a story.

Drone Films, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Films, Aerial Films, or Flying Camera Robot Films – call them what you will – are becoming a widely recognized niche in the cinema industry, and dedicated festivals spread in the last few years.

2016 saw a huge growth in drone-related film festivals as a direct result of the popularity of drones and drone use.

In 2017 we are actually seeing fewer drone film festivals but the festivals that are still operating have matured and grown and demonstrate how important drones have become in terms of cinematography. A few new quality drone film festivals have also come up on the scene.

We have listed here the top Drone Film Festivals. Some of them have been running for years, but we also included new promising drone festivals on the market that have the potential to grow.

We want to contribute to this rising trend in cinematography, and to encourage the adoption of drones as innovative tools for telling a story through images, promoting these film festivals as platforms for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work.

If you are a cinematographer using drones or a drone enthusiast flyer skilled in aerial cinematography, the list of drone film festivals below will help you on your road to success. Or you can simply use this list to get access to beautiful films and shorts!

Let us know if we are missing a drone film festival from the list. If you have attended any and have something to say about it, let us know that too!

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February Drone Film Festivals

Madrid Drone Film Festival

  • Website: Madrid Drone Film Festival (Spain)
  • Location: Pabellón de Cristal, Avenida Principal, 16, 28011 Madrid, Spain
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): February 4, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): December 31, 2016
  • Entry fees (2017 event): free
  • Sponsors (2017 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories (2017 event): Technical, Narrative, Extreme Sports, Landscape Architecture, Showreel, Selfie, Special, Still Photography

The Madrid Drone Film Festival, organized by Owen James – who organizes the London Drone Film Festival too – is held within the Global Robot Expo event. Tickets to the festival include entry into the event.

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March Drone Film Festivals

New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF)

  • Website: New York City Drone Film Festival
  • Location: NYU SKIRBALL, Centre for the Performing Arts, New York, NY (USA)
  • Year of launch: 2014
  • When (2017 event): March 17-19, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): Submissions open until January 8, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): None
  • Sponsors (2017 event): RED, Freefly Gryphon Dynamics Lowepro, Fox Rothschild LLP, Liberty Science Centre, Airvuz, Brooklyn Drones, Connex Blackstar Drones, Shen Drones, Brother, B & H Photo Video – Pro Audio.
  • Prizes (2017 event): The Best in Show winner at the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival will receive $75,000 worth of camera and drone gear courtesy of festival sponsors and professional cinematography industry leaders Freefly and RED. The prize includes: Freefly MŌVI Pro, Freefly ALTA 8, RED Epic-W, DSMC2 Jetpack-sdi Expander, DSMC2 RED Touch 4.7″ LCD, DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor pac, RED Mini-Mag 512GB and a DSMC Canon Mount.
  • Categories (2017 event): Narrative, News/Documentary, Landscape, Architecture, Showreel, Technical, Freestyle FPV, Dronie, Stills, Featuring Drones, Extreme Sports and X-Factor

The New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF) is the oldest and probably the biggest drone film festival in the world. It was founded in 2014 by director and aerial cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin, with the overall mission of changing the perceptions of drones. As Randy Scott said:

“I’m tired of drones being synonymous with questionable legality, FAA regulation…I want to celebrate the art of aerial cinematography”.

The 2016 festival received over 350 submissions from 45 countries. This year, 32 films have been short-listed for the Festival screenings by a judging panel. In 2017, the Festival also included aerial cinematography seminars, Master Classes, a Drone Expo, flight demonstrations, Stem-Integrated Drone Building Programs, FPV Drone Racing & Freestyle FPV Competitions and much, much more!

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European Drone Film Festival

European Drone Film Festival

  • Website: European Drone Film Festival
  • Location: The DroneShow, Fira de Barcelona, Recinto de Montjuïc, Pabellón 1
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2017 event): March 22-23, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): March 9, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): Free
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Ciné JeanneD’Arc, Flyaway Services, Drone Show, Dronestagram, Parrot, Aedron, FFD LleidaDrone.
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories: Documentary, Fiction, Technical Shoot, Dronie, Peoples Prize and Best Overall Film

The first of its kind to emerge in mainland Europe in 2015, the European Drone Film Festival accepts short films made using drones. The focus of the European Drone Film Festival is on short films directed by Europeans – if submitted by non Europeans, the film must be about or filmed in Europe.

The 1st European Drone Film Festival took place in France, the 2nd edition took place in Malaga, Spain while the 2017 edition has moved to Barcelona, and takes place within the Drone Show event.

Films should be produced in the years 2015 – 2017, and they must not have been submitted to the festival previously. Obviously a drone must have been used to film all or part of the movie. Films must adhere to drone regulations of the country in which the movie was filmed.

The event also includes flying competitions, drone workshops, demos and exhibitions and seminars on regulations and new innovations.

2016 European Drone Film Festival Best Documentary winner:

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  • Website: blue2blue
  • Location: Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, 69 Avoca Dr, Avoca Beach NSW 2251, Australia
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): March 31, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): February 24, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): AUD$25
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Avoca Beach Picture House, UAVAIR Unmanned Systems Training, Six String Brewing Co. Tranquil Vale, Blackmagicdesign, Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort
  • Prizes (2017 event): All the winners will receive a Skytango Yearly Pro Membership valued at $289. The Best Cinematographer will receive a Certificate III Aviation Course valued at AUD$4000 courtesy of UAVAIR Unmanned Systems Training. Category winners will receive Blackmagic Design Studio Licenses and/or cash prizes.
  • Categories: Short Film, Sports Film, Documentary, Under 16 (Grommits) and Shoot the Band (Music Video)

Welcome to blue2blue, Australia’s premier drone and action camera film festival.

Now in its second year, blue2blue is an international film competition with a view to promote, encourage, show-off and celebrate the use of drones and action cameras in films. The focus on the action makes this festival unique.

We interviewed Laure Muller-Feuga, director of Snowglobe: Ascend To The Source, the 2016 blue2blue “Best Short Fiction” category winner, on how she incorporated drones in the storytelling of this short magical man’s journey through the mountain waters.

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April Drone Film Festivals

Australian Drone Film Festival


  • Website: Australian Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Emergence Creative Festival, Margaret River, WA
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): April 1, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event)December 15, 2016 extended to December 31, 2016
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $20 AUD
  • Sponsors (2017 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories: Drama & Narrative, Natural & Built Environment, Documentary, Sports World, Creative Emergence (x-factor, unique, inspired, creative, out-there!), High Flying School (High school- aged kids), Technical

On 1st October 2016, submissions opened for the Australian Drone Film Festival 2017. They have a few important guidelines you should note. The film must be 100% shot using a drone and it must be made specifically for the Australian Drone Film Festival – the 1st public screening of your film must be at the premiere which will be held in April 2017.

To ensure that the movie has been created with the Australian Drone Film Festival in mind, it has to include a specific “featured Item”. This years the featured item is feather. The featured item can be included in any way an aerial photographer or cinematographer wishes to interpret it, it can be a story based on the featured item, or it can be in the script or in a background shot.

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May Drone Film Festivals

Global Drone Film Festival

  • Website: Global Drone Film Festival (USA)
  • Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia 30328, United States
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): May 6, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): April 9, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $25 (early bird) or $40
  • Sponsors (2017 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories (2017 event): Adult Film Aerial Division: Cinematic Narrative, Drones are Good, What the Hell/LOL/WOW/Sports, Messin Around – Drone Selfies. Student Film Aerial Division: Cinematic Narrative, Messin Around, Music Video, Public Service Announcement. Amelia Dronehart Division for Women: Cinematic Narrative, What the Hell/LOL/WOW/Sports, Drone Selfies, A woman’s perspective aerial film. Photo Submissions in all three divisions.

Global Drone Film/Photography Festival (GDFF) is a new drone film festival with special divisions for young people and women. It is hosted by Kids Drone Zone (KDZ), a not-for-profit educational resource organisation.

Festival participation is open worldwide with a special division for young people. The theme for the festival is “Let Your Inner Light Shine…The World is Your Canvas!”.

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  • Website: Drone Festiwal (Poland)
  • Location: PPNT, Gdynia al. Zwyciestwa 96/98, Poland
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2017 event): May 13, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): April 30, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $10
  • Sponsors (2017 event): N/A
  • Prizes (2017 event): The best film in each category will receive a prize.
  • Categories (2017 event): Art – shots will be judged on quality and artistic characteristics. Fun – dynamic, interesting shots, fun stories, challenge, etc.

In order to take part in Drone Festiwal, the 1st drone film festival to take place in Poland, now in its third edition, 70% of the film must be filmed using a drone and the film cannot be older than 2016.

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Drone Focus Film Festival

Drone Focus Film Festival

  • Website: Drone Focus Film Festival
  • Location: Fargo Jet Center, 3801 20th St N, Fargo, ND 58102, USA
  • Year of launch: 2017
  • When (2017 event):  May 31 -June 1 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): April 15, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $20
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Skytango
  • Prizes (2017 event): All the winners will receive a Skytango Yearly Pro Membership valued at $289
  • Categories (2017 event): Narrative, Landscape/Architecture, Showreel, Lifestyle, ND Legendary, Student, People’s Choice (online voting starts – May 1, 2017)
  • Coupon: “FriendsOfSkytango” (for $50 off event ticket)

The Drone Focus Film Festival is the 1st edition of this festival and will be held in conjunction with the Drone Focus Conference, a B2B 2-day event, targeting industry professionals, and event taking place in one of the most innovative regions for drones in the U.S.

Length of movie must not exceed 5 mins and at least 50% must have been shot using a drone.

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June Drone Film Festivals

Drone Film & PhotoFestival


  • Website: Drone Film & Photo Festival
  • Location: Saint-Hubert Airport 6870 Saint-Hubert – Belgium
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2017 event): June 23-25, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): May 15, 2017 (Final deadline)
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $40 up to  $160 (Early bird up to Final Deadline)
  • Sponsors (2017 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2017 event): €10,000 in total prizes split between Film and Photo Categories
  • Categories (2017 event): Film Categories: Fiction, Nature – Documentary, Sport – Extreme Sport, Tourism – Travel, Architecture, Institutional Advertising and Experimental. Open Photography Category: Photographs must be taken using a drone

The Drone Film & Photo Festival, founded by Henry Brousmiche, will take place for the third time in June 2017.

The films submitted must have at least 10% of their images produced using a drone and these images need to have been shot in compliance with the legislation in force at the location(s) of the shooting(s).

The image shooting locations, the dates and equipment used will need to be disclosed on a compulsory basis.

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July Drone Film Festivals

August Drone Film Festivals

NYS Fair Drone Film Festival

  • Website: NYS Fair Drone Film Festival
  • Location: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, New York 13209, United States
  • Year of launch: 2017
  • When: August 23 – September 4 2017
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31 2017
  • Entry fees: $5 (Students) $20 (Filmmakers) $50 (Business/Corporate)
  • Sponsors: Chevrolet, Gianelli Sausage, Sleep Number, Tractor Supply Co, Toyota, Destiny USA, Syracuse Pool & Patio, Tarson Pools & Spas, The Pettis Group, Kitchen Craft Cookware, Mattressfirm, Wegmans, Camping World, Verizon, National Grid, Groupon and more
  • Prizes: Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals awarded for top three selections in each category, each gold medalist will be eligible for the festival’s ‘Best of Show’ with a top prize of $250 + plaque
  • Categories: NYS Drones, Narrative, Landscape/Architecture, Showreel, Sports, Drones & Healthcare, Students, Corporate/Industrial/Business

The Great New York State Fair will include its NYS Fair Drone Film Festival for the first time. The organisers are hoping to use the popular annual event as a platform to educate audiences and empower aerial filmmakers, students and organizations by telling their stories with the help of drones.

The winners’ films of each of the 8 categories will also be showcased during a special presentation at the New York State Fair.

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DroneUp International Film Festival

Droneup International Film Festival

  • Website: DroneUp International Film Festival
  • Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): August 25-26, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): October 31, 2015 (early bird deadline) & March 31, 2016 (late deadline)
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $10 or $30
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Ancient Plovdiv, Plovdiv Together 2019, National Geographic, Visit Faroe Islands, AirVid, Drone360, Studio7hills, PlovdivMedia, Maritza, Viart, BNT2, Podtepeto
  • Prizes (2017 event): €2500 worth of various experiences and travel plus your film to be shown to a crowd of 3000+ spectators
  • Categories (2017 event): Nature, Urban, Travel & Culture, Extreme & Wild, Narrative & Cinematic and Bulgaria
  • Coupon: “DroneUpandSkytango” (for 100% off submissions)

DroneUp International Film Festival is Bulgaria’s first drone film festival, and it’s now in its third edition. In 2017 it will be held in the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv. They are looking for creative aerial cinematography and accept international submissions.

All films submitted for entry at DroneUp International Film Festival must be 6 minutes or less in length, shot at least 50% by drone or UAV and be submitted before June 19, 2017.

2016 DroneUp International Film Festival Extreme category winner:

Acrophobia – I’m afraid of heights from WOOP Productions on Vimeo.

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September Drone Film Festiva

InterDrone Film Festival

InterDrone Film Festival 2017

  • Website: InterDrone Film Festival
  • Location: Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2017 event): September 6-8, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): July 7, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $10.00
  • Sponsors (2017 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2017 event): over $15,000 in cash and prizes. $500 for each category winner and $200 for Runner-Ups in each category. The festival includes a People’s Choice Award in each category (with a prize of $500) plus an overall Best in Show, which carries a Grand Prize of $5,000.
  • Categories (2017 event): Natural Wonders, Cityscapes and Architecture, Action/Extreme Sports, Reel, Real Estate & Resort Marketing, Industrial & Commercial Use, Humanitarian Efforts and Best Overall
  • Coupon: “Drone2017” (100% discount on submission)

The 3rd InterDrone Film Festival will be held in conjunction with the InterDrone Conference and Exposition. This is one of the premier drone conferences in the world, and InterDrone Film Festival is among the top drone film festivals too.

2016 InterDrone Film Festival had over 300 submissions from 29 countries. They gave away over $10,000 in cash prizes and awarded a Critic’s Choice Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Entries must be 3 minutes or less in length and filmed with a drone.

2016 InterDrone Best in Show winner:

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Dutch Drone Film Festival

  • Website: Dutch Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Vue Hilversum movie theatre, Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Year of Launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): September 8-10, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): n/a
  • Entry fees (2017 event): n/a
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Mediabedrijf The Broadcaster, Hilversum Mediastad, Stadsfonds Hilversum, Dronewatch, Unbranded, Events in Business
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories (2017 event): Abstract & Artistic, Drone, FPV, Journalism, Nature, Sports

The 2nd annual Dutch Drone Film Festival takes place in Hilversum, a small city less than 90,000 inhabitants that lies roughly 30 kilometres south east of capital Amsterdam.

Both recreational and professional drone pilots are encouraged to take part and content must be at least 50% filmed by a UAV. The Dutch Drone Film Festival will be hosted by Mediabedrijf The Broadcaster, a film company that focuses on documentaries and visual story-telling since the year 2000.

The Dutch Drone Film Festival is sure to grow in popularity over the coming years with The Netherlands being a very economically and technologically innovative country that will sure to push boundaries in relation to drones and UAVs in general.

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London Drone Film Festival

London Drone Film Festival

  • Website: London Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Institute of Contemporary Art, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, London, UK
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event):  September 18, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): August 27, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): $25 or $40
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Airvuz, SLRHut, ReelSteady, SRP, ReelSteady, HeliEyes,, Freelance Diary and OBJCoaching, Airovid, Airstoc, That Drone Show, Skytango, Drone Show UK, Travel by Drone Whispercam, Resource Group, Hexcam, Drone Overdose, PhantomFlightsSchool, Airteam, AirShepherd, Vortec, Drone, BrotherHobby
  • Prizes (2017 event): Drone Platforms and other prizes
  • Categories (2017 event): Still Photography, Manufacturers Team, Technical, Narrative, Drone racing/FPV, Extreme Sports, Landscape Architecture, Show-reel, Selfie, Special

The 2nd Annual London Drone Film Festival, will be held on 22rd May 2016. Judging will take place in 10 categories.

The selection jury will be comprised of TV and Film professionals as well as leaders in the technology field, including Academy Award Winner Gifford Hooper, Director Filmmaker Philip Bloom and our own multi Emmy Award winning Filmmaker and CEO of Skytango Steven Flynn. .

All entries should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. They need to be aerial videos or have more than 50% of the footage being shot using a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle.

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DFFANZ Drone Film Festival

Drone Film Festival Australia New Zealand - DFFANZ

  • Website: DFFANZ Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Australia & New Zealand
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): The event will span 11 cities in both Australia & New Zealand starting on September 24 in Darwin (Aus.) and ending on November 2 in Wellington (N.Z.)
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): August 18 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): AUS$10 for 1 – 3 submissions, AUS$20 for 4 – 6 submissions
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Lexar, My Drones, Drone Magazine, Fly Flynch Fly
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories (2017 event): Drone Film, ANZ Film, Cinematography, Concept, Special Effects, Direction, Landscape, Showreel, Documentary, Extreme Sports, Music, Peoples Choice

Drone Film Festival Australia & New Zealand or DFFANZ for short, is a touring screening event now in its second edition, and widely expanded in 2017.

The second edition of DFFANZ will launch during the second-last day of the annual DIFF (Darwin International Drone Festival, which takes place on September 15-25, 2017) and will indeed span across 11 major cities in both countries including Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

Each city will show film screenings and can cater for up to 400 guests respectively with 4,000 guests expected in total.

Organizers are also launching a Drone Racing competition which will travel with the festival.

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Toronto Drone Film Festival

  • Website: Big Drone Show – Toronto Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Year of launch: 2017
  • When (2017 event): September 27-28, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions: September 15 2017
  • Entry fees: n/a
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Cambridge House International, The Sky Guys
  • Prizes (2017 event): Grand prize = CAN$3,000 + DJI Phantom 4 Drone, Category winners prize = CAN$300 + all access pass to The Big Drone Show 2017
  • Categories (2017 event): Narrative, Freestyle FPV, Documentary/News, Landscape, Sports/Events, Dronie, Reel

The Big Drone Show happening in Toronto will be featuring it’s first every drone film festival in 2017. Backed by The Sky Guys, The Toronto Drone Film Festival aims to showcase the best aerial cinematography across the world to everyone who attends The Big Drone Show.

All who submit their videos within the various categories of The Toronto Drone Film Festival will be rewarded with 70% off a regular ticket to The Big Drone Show too, nice!

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October Drone Film Festival

November Drone Film Festivals

CinéDrones International Film Festival

Cinedrones International Film Festival 2017

  • Website: CinéDrones International Film Festival
  • Location: Cinéma l’Etoile, Place de la République, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, Nouvelle-Aquitaine 33160, France
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2017 event): November 10-11, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions: Early bird deadline March 10, 2017, late deadline October 30, 2017
  • Entry fees: $10 early bird entry up to $30 late entry
  • Sponsors (2017 event): Bordeaux Technowest, Reflect Du Monde, Skeyetech, Athenium Films, Parrot
  • Prizes (2017 event): n/a
  • Categories: Feature Film & Series Teaser (Shorts), News & Documentary, Sports & Adventure, Heritage & Nature, Advertising, Musical Video & Performing Arts, Freestyle & FPV, Worldwide Showreels screening

The 2017 edition of CinéDrones International Film Festival is the third one of this expanding festival, among the most popular in the world, which received almost 1100 entries from more than 30 countries in 2016.

To enter a film, it must contain at least 30% drone footage, and you must have conformed to the drone regulations in the country of shooting.

The festival, spread across 2 days, includes a rich agenda with an expo, workshops and panels around the topic of drones in filming.

2016 CinéDrones Clip category winner:

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Flying Robot International Film Festival (FRIFF)

Flying Robot International Drone Film Festival

  • Website: Flying Robot International Film Festival
  • Location: San Francisco, CA (USA)
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2017 event): November 16 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): September 18 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): n/a
  • Sponsors (2017 event): DJI, brightcove, Vantage Robotics,, Hove Camera, ASL, Skytango, FilmFreeway, DronePan, Travel by Drone, SF Drone School, SF Station, Float Deck Films
  • Prizes (2017 event): over $10,000 in cash and prizes
  • Categories (2017 event): Cinematic,Drones for Good, Aerial Sports, LOL WTF, I Made That!, and Student Films, Epic Landscape, Promotional. A “best in show” winner will also be chosen

The FRIFF (Flying Robot International Film Festival) is a competitive festival open to anyone around the globe.

It’s among the most important drone film festivals in the world in terms of quantity and quality of the submissions (180 films submitted from 40 countries), prizes, sponsors and visibility.

18 judges with different backgrounds, such as Veronica Belmont of Dear Veronica, Sword & Lazer, Natalie Cheng of Autel Robotics, Marque Cornblatt of Aerial Sports League, Amy Chritchett of AC Eclectic, Ryan Junell of Superbarn and Rhianna Larkin of Amelia Droneheart will judge the finalists which will be screeeed on November 17, 2017 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

The winner of the 2016 FRIFF Flying Robot International Film Festival’s ‘Promotional’ category were Greek duo Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias for their work of the Opening Titles Sequence for Digitized. We spoke with Athanasia & Nestoras recently in an interview featured in our blog.

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Peugeot Drone Film Festival

Peugeot Drone Film Festival

  • Website: Peugeot Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Germany. Finale in Castelfalfi, Tuscany – Italy
  • Year of launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): November 24-26, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): September 30, 2017
  • Entry fees (2017 event): No Fee
  • Sponsors (2017 event): DJI, Peugeot, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
  • Prizes (2017 event): All 12 finalists will receive a three-day intensive training by the drone specialists of DJI, the jury and Marie Bäumer. The final winner will receive for six weeks two Peugeot Traveller including operating costs, a DJI drone with extensive equipment and EURO 5.000 as travel fund.
  • Categories: Storytelling, Landscape, Sports, Impress Yourself, Experimental

Peugeot Drone Film Festival is an event organized by Peugeot Deutschland, DJI, and Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. From March 21, 2016 up to September 30, 2016 filmmakers and drone pilots can submit their films.

The competition has four categories within which the top three films will be selected by a jury headed by festival director Marie Bäumer. The twelve finalists will be invited to the final in Castelfalfi, Tuscany in November 2016.

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DC Drone Film Festival

  • Website: DC Drone Film Festival
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Year of Launch: 2016
  • When (2017 event): November 29 – 30 2017
  • Deadline for submissions (2017 event): October 2 2017
  • Entry Fees (2017 event): No fee
  • Sponsors (2017 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2017 event): $250 cash prize and film being shown at the 2017 National Drone Show
  • Categories: Narrative, Nature Sports, Architecture, Corporate/Industrial/Business, Shorts

The DC Drone Film Festival is in its second year. It’s part of the National Drone Show, a large B2B event taking place in Washington, USA focused on the latest technologies for UAV/UAS video capture, management and delivery. The Festival gives aerial videographers from around the world the chance to share their work and gain real exposure to the U.S. drone industry and beyond.

The winners, apart from getting each a cash prize of $250, will in fact have their films shown to the over 7,000 participants to the National Drone Show. The winning films will also be shown in NewBay Media’s broadcast and video network of sites.

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2018 Drone Film Festival

International Drone Expo Video Showcase

International Drone Expo Video Showcase 2016

  • Website: International Drone Expo Video Showcase
  • Location: Los Angeles (USA)
  • Year of launch: 2015
  • When (2018 event): March 9-10, 2018
  • Deadline for submissions (2018 event): October 31, 2017
  • Entry fees: free
  • Sponsors (2018 event): n/a
  • Prizes (2018 event): n/a
  • Categories: Innovative Flight Techniques, Landscapes and Cityscapes, Architecture, Action and Extreme Sports, Music Videos, Narrative Short Films

The IDE Video Showcase is a drone video competition within International Drone Expo (IDE), one of the top commercial drone events in the U.S.

The video participating to the competition will be broadcasted on the IDE exhibit floor during the two days of the event. Attendees will vote onsite for the IDE Attendee Choice Award.

All films must be 5 minutes or less in length, and at least 75% of the video must be shot using a drone or UAV.

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