AzDroneFest is a drone film festival and Expo presented by USDroneFest. The event is designed to educate, promote, cultivate and celebrate the art of aerial cinematography in Arizona. The film festival is dedicated to recognizing the best in aerial cinematography in multiple categories. Attached to the film festival is an Education Expo with industry panel discussions, keynote speakers and workshops for commercial drone pilots, drone enthusiasts and aerial cinematographers to attend.

Register online at:

All films must be 5 minutes in length or less and at least 50% must be shot using a drone or UAV (unless otherwise specified).

Films submitted to the "Narrative category" have no length restrictions and can have less than 50% of its shots being aerial shots. Films in this category will be selected based on aerial cinematography only. Selected films will be asked to provide a 5 min or less trailer to be used during the screening.

All entries must be through

By entering your film for consideration for AZDroneFest, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the Festival constitutes permission to exhibit, show, or screen your work at AZDroneFest and AZDroneFest website, and social media platform.

AZDroneFest reserves the right to use excerpts of any submitted film for promotional purposes only, including but not limited to broadcast on TV or the internet.

The person submitting the Film (hereafter called the "Applicant") acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, actors, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Film whose consent is required to submit the Film to the Festival.

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Film. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content and materials included within the submitted Film.

Films that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission for consideration, but only if the Film has been changed significantly since the previous year in which it was submitted. The Festival shall have sole authority and discretion to determine whether a Film that was previously submitted has been changed significantly from the previous submitted version.

Festival organizers reserve the right to make exception to any of the rules at their discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Mark Royer

    Great festival! Highly recommend this great event!

    December 2023
  • Captain Carls

    THANK YOU, AZ Dronefest for an amazing event! The location, expo area, demonstrations and hospitality were all top quality. The BEST part was meeting some of my online Arizona drone community friends in person!

    October 2023
  • It was an honor having my work displayed by you. I also couldn't be happier to have one of my aerial films win the Showreel category ! Your team was beyond helpful and very responsive. I recommend this festival to all the filmmakers out there. Being part of a such well-organized and fun event, is a great experience !

    October 2023
  • Bayley Jordan

    It is wonderful to see how AZ Drone Fest is growing year after year. As an attendee each year, I enjoy every festival and the opportunities to get more involved in the Arizona drone community. The variety in drone demonstrations, panels, and entries is so much fun to see.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Bayley, for all your help in making this event a success and for entering your amazing work in our festival! It is an honor to have talented people like yourself participate in AZDroneFest.

  • Tyler Healey

    AZ Drone Fest is growing each year and it's great to see the progress that Chris and the team have made. I appreciated the variety of demonstrations, panels, and video entries. I will be encouraging others to submit and attend next year!

    November 2022