The Berlin Drone Film Festival is a thrilling celebration of the intersection between creativity and cutting-edge technology! Held annually in the vibrant city of Berlin, this festival showcases the mesmerizing world of drone cinematography. Prepare to be captivated as you witness the skies come alive through the lens of these aerial artists.

Immerse yourself in a captivating array of visually stunning films that push the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. From breathtaking landscapes to exhilarating action sequences, the Berlin Drone Film Festival presents a diverse range of genres and styles, highlighting the versatility and artistic possibilities of drone cinematography. Join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience, where the skies become the canvas and the drones paint mesmerizing stories that will leave you in awe. Whether you're a film enthusiast, a technology aficionado, or simply seeking inspiration, the Berlin Drone Film Festival promises to transport you to new heights of imagination and creativity.

You can submit your film for one of the different award categories

Best Aerial Cinematography Award ($1,000 cash prize): This category recognizes the film that demonstrates exceptional skills in capturing breathtaking aerial shots. From sweeping panoramas to intricate maneuvers, this award celebrates the artistry and technical proficiency of drone cinematography.

Most Creative Narrative Award ($1,000 cash prize): This category celebrates the film that tells a compelling story through innovative and imaginative use of drone footage. Judges will be looking for originality, creativity, and the ability to engage audiences through a unique narrative approach.

Best Technical Achievement Award ($1,000 cash prize): This category acknowledges the film that showcases outstanding technical expertise in drone operation, including precise piloting, advanced camera movements, and seamless editing. This award recognizes the filmmakers who push the boundaries of what is possible with drone technology.

Best Documentary/Narrative Drone Film: Recognizing the outstanding storytelling and artistic excellence in capturing real-life events or narratives using drone cinematography. Cash Prize: $1500.

Best Extreme Sports & Adventure Drone Film: Honoring the adrenaline-pumping and thrilling films that showcase daring feats, exhilarating sports, and awe-inspiring adventures. Cash Prize: $1200.

Best Landscape Drone Film: Celebrating the beauty of our natural and urban environments captured from breathtaking aerial perspectives. Cash Prize: $1000.

Best Free Style FPV Drone Film: Acknowledging the skill and creativity demonstrated in first-person view (FPV) drone footage that showcases daring maneuvers, stunning tricks, and immersive experiences. Cash Prize: $700.

Emerging Filmmaker Award ($800 cash prize): This category is dedicated to recognizing promising talent in the field of drone filmmaking. Open to filmmakers who are new to the industry or have limited professional experience, this award aims to encourage and support emerging voices in the drone film community.

Audience Choice Award ($700 cash prize): This category allows festival attendees to have their say by voting for their favorite film. The Audience Choice Award celebrates the film that resonates most with the audience, capturing their hearts and leaving a lasting impression. This award provides an opportunity for filmmakers to connect directly with their viewers and receive recognition from the festival attendees.


Films must be 30 minutes or under in length (including credits) and shot at least 50% using a drone or UAV.

Films must have been completed after 1st January 2023.

If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.

Films must be either in English or subtitled in English.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, brand marketing, etc.).

All applicants must submit through .

Each entry must be submitted with completed Registration Form. If this is not received, the film will not be considered as an eligible submission.

The BDFF does not pay rental fees for submitted work. If selected, exhibition format digital files will be requested from the filmmakers.

BDFF will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for the festival. Due to the large amount of submissions received, BDFF cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the Festival.

The selection of films will be announced on the BDFF website when the programme is launched.

Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the BDFF.

The BDFF cannot make travel or lodging accommodations, all filmmakers with accepted works will receive free tickets to the programs and events during the Festival.


Selected films are required to signal their selection by including the logo provided by the festival in the film credits and on all of the film’s communication media.

Awarded films must signal their awards by including the logo provided by the festival, which should appear separately in the opening or closing credits and on all of the film’s communication and screening media.


By entering your film for consideration for the BDFF, you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property contained within your film(s) and that you have cleared all contents of the film(s) with the respective copyright holders prior to submission to the BDFF. There must not be pending or anticipated litigation regarding the film.

Entry into the BDFF constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the BDFF. The BDFF reserves the right to use entrant film(s), in whole or in part for promotional purposes including but not limited to print, and television and internet broadcast in perpetuity.

The BDFF reserves the right to change the awards depending on the budget.

In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the terms and conditions, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the BDFF, without notice.

Entering a film in the Berlin Drone Film Festival implies the acceptance of these regulations and guidelines. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.