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Five Must-Attend Drone Film Festivals and How to Enter


Guest Post by drone pilot and author Kara Murphy.

Anyone who has watched sufficient movies is aware of that incorporating an aerial perspective into the narrative isn’t a brand new phenomenon. Before the arrival of drones, folks acquired artistic. They both hooked up cameras to kites or dangled out of doorless helicopters to seize a desired impact.

Now that drone adoption has reached mainstream proportions, aerial cinematography has naturally turn out to be way more widespread. So a lot, in actual fact, that festivals devoted to the artwork of filmmaking from a drone’s perspective haven’t solely been established, they’ve gained sufficient notoriety to proceed on into their third, and even fourth, 12 months.

If you’re trying to attain a wider viewers, achieve some recognition from the press, get impressed, or see your work broadcast on the massive display screen, getting into these competitions is your finest guess. You could even win some money and new drone gear. Here are 5 festivals I like to recommend trying into and, even should you’re not a filmmaker, attending.

InterDrone Film Festival

Arguably the most important business drone exhibition on the earth, the International Drone Conference and Exhibition is internet hosting its third annual movie pageant alongside the remainder of the occasion. Submissions have already closed however convention attendees can view finalists on the massive display screen Wednesday, September sixth from 5:45 – 7:00 pm.

Toronto Drone Film Festival

A significant worldwide drone movie pageant is lastly arriving in Canada in late September. Put on by The Sky Guys, it takes place together with the Second Annual Big Drone Show. Submissions are open till September 15th and are usually not solely free, they’ll additionally grant a 70% low cost to the two-day Big Drone Show convention. Simply enter your primary data together with a hyperlink to the video you need to enter and choose the movie’s class.

Los Angeles Drone Film Festival

The sister pageant to New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF), Los Angeles Drone Film Festival makes its debut this October sixth – eighth. The last deadline for submissions has been prolonged to September sixth because the pageant’s notoriously indefatigable organizer, Randy Scott Slavin, has promised “some exciting news.” This is likely one of the few festivals that boasts a nonetheless images class. If it’s even half as well-organized as NYCDFF (extra on that, beneath), then it’s definitely worth the steep $50 entry price and ensuing journey to one of the vital populous cities on the West Coast.

Flying Robot worldwide Film Festival

Returning for its third consecutive 12 months to San Francisco’s historic Roxie Theatre, the world’s first-ever worldwide drone movie pageant is accepting entries till September 18th. Organizer Eddie Codel likes to hold participation accessible to everybody, together with college students, with a low $10 Early Bird Deadline price. Last 12 months, Flying Robot worldwide Film Festival (FRiFF) obtained 180 submissions throughout eight classes from 40 nations. FRiFF’s jury is made up an eclectic group of prime robotics business professionals together with Star Simpson, Veronica Belmont, Rhianna Lakin, Mike Senese, and Zoe Stumbaugh (ZoeFPV).

New York City Drone Film Festival

The fourth installment of the very first pageant devoted solely to aerial cinematography returns March 2nd – 4th, 2018. Submissions opened on August 20th and shut January seventh. I used to be ready to attend the third occasion, this previous March, and was amazed on the high quality of movies, the spacious venue, educated panelists, and completely informative grasp lessons. Luisa Winters’ course on Color Correction was my favourite. Festival founder Randy Scott Slavin did a stellar job emceeing the occasion and moderating talks. For it’s dimension and scale, it’s effectively executed from starting to finish.

When getting into your work, be sure to learn the foundations for every pageant down to the class you’re submitting a movie. While commonplace guidelines name for five minutes or much less, a minimum of 50% aerial footage, it might fluctuate. You don’t need to get disqualified for overlooking primary directions. Based on my expertise at NYCDFF, I just lately wrote an article on nailing the narrative in your aerial movies for Drone360 Magazine.

Which pageant(s) are you trying ahead to probably the most? Any I missed? Please let me know within the feedback.

Kara Murphy is a Part 107-certified distant pilot and author primarily based within the Midwest. Follow her on Instagram for her extra creative aerial imagery, learn the way to rent her right here.

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