Flying Robot International Film Festival Winners 2016

Watch the 8 great video winners of the 2016 Flying Robot International Film Festival!

The 2016 Flying Robot International Film Festival – the 2nd edition of this event, one of the best and most popular drone film festivals in the world – just took place. The 2016 Flying Robot International Film Festival winners were announced on November 17th, 2016.

As aerial filmmaker and festival founder and organizer Eddie Codel told Skytango, the 2nd edition of the Flying Robot International Film Festival was a great success, attracting 180 film submissions from 40 countries (up from 153 submissions from 35 countries in 2015), and selling out the 234-seat San Francisco Roxie Theater where the live screening and awards ceremony took place.

Following the screening, winners were announced for each category as well as the Flying Robot International Film Festival Best in Show winner, “Moon Line” by Frédéric Rousseau of France.

Overall, $10,000 in cash and prizes, including a DJI Inspire 1, DJI Phantom 3, Vantage Robotics Snap and Hover Camera Passports were awarded to the filmmakers of winning selections.

The audience was also asked to participate in voting for their favorite for the Audience Choice Award by tweeting a hashtag for their film. With 88 votes cast, organizers tallied the votes and determined the Audience Choice Award winner to be “Drone Poem: Always Take The Window Seat” by Alexander Hotz of the USA.

FRiFF was not over yet. The Flying Robot Aerial Imagery Day took place 2 days later on Saturday 19th, 2016 in San Francisco.

As Eddie Codel told us:

“This event was focused on learning about various aspects of drone-based aerial imagery. 8 speakers including 2 FRiFF category winners, presented on subjects ranging from aerial cinematography camera techniques to 360 image capture to the challenges of flying drones in unfriendly environments. Attendees went home armed with knowledge to improve their own aerial cinematography skills.”

The Flying Robot Aerial Imagery Day was a great side event which we would love to see again in the next editions of the Flying Robot International Film Festival.

This is the complete list of award winning films of the Flying Robot International Film Festival as chosen by the 18 members of the FRiFF jury:

2016 FRIFF Best in Show Winner & WTF LOL Winner: “Moon Line”

By: PVS Company (PVS Company,
Director: Frédéric Rousseau
Music: “My Mind was a Fog. My Heart became a Bomb” by Hammock
Film Location: France

2016 FRIFF Cinematic Narrative Winner: “The Drone”

By: Contention Films, Movies on Film Productions
Director: Jordan Rubin, DP: Jonathan Hall, 1st AD: Dave Halls, AC: John Nitz, Sound: Kevin Bellante
Film Location: USA

2016 FRIFF Epic Landscape Winner/Audience Choice Winner: “Drone Poem: Always Take The Window Seat”

By: Alexander Hotz
Narration: “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski, read by Tom Waits.
Music: Goldmund – Threnody
Location: Hawaii, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Sri Lanka

2016 FRIFF Drones For Good Winner: “Zipline in Rwanda”

By: Jimmy Collins
Website: Zipline
Location: Rwanda, UK

2016 FRIFF Student Film Winner: “This is Chapman”

Producer/Director/Editor: Kevin Wolf
Heli: Drone Dudes and Kevin Wolf
Location: USA
Music “Years (feat. Matthew Koma) [Vocal Extended Mix]” by Alesso

2016 FRIFF FPV/Aerial Sports Winner: “The First Racing Drone in Chernobyl”

By: Steele Davis
Location: Chernobyl, Russia

2016 FRIFF I Made That Winner: “Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme”

Video Produced and Directed By: Kurtis Sensenig
Location: University of Pennsylvania, USA

2016 FRIFF Promotional Winner “Digitized 2016 – Opening Titles”

Concept / Cinematography / Editing / Grading / Motion Design: Nestoras Kechagias, Athanasia Lykoudi (
Music Composition / Sound Design: Ted Regklis (
Location: Greece

Are you in love with aerial cinematography? Watch the 6 winners from 2016 Interdrone Drone Film Festival, or the 12 winners of the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival.