Now in our second year, Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival is accepting submissions for a competition which offers a overview of the trends and techniques of drone cinematography. Official selections are chosen by a cadre or regional jurors and celebrated on the dome of the Koch Immersive Theater, located at the Evansville Museum in Evansville, Indiana. On April 27, 2019 we will provide this international platform for filmmakers to exhibit their work as well as compete for cash prizes. Screenings of winning entries and shortlisted films will take place on this date. We invite you to enter our event as we prepare to showcase the best that aerial cinematography has to offer.

Those entries chosen as official selections of our festival will have a chance to win cash prizes. In 2018 we gave away over $2500 in cash prizes and we anticipate a similar purse in 2019. Winning selections will be screened on the date of the festival in the format submitted on a dome of the Koch Immersive Theater in Evansville Indiana.

All entries must be submitted through the Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival (EMIDFF) festival page on specifically via this url: All film submissions must be done through direct upload to FilmFreeway.

Film Submissions – To be considered for the EMIDFF your content must meet all the specifications and requirements relating to film categories and submission. Your film does not need to exclusively contain aerial footage, but must incorporate at least 50% Drone footage. You agree you will not submit any content that is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, discriminatory or abusive.

Film Selection – Films are reviewed during the application period. You will be notified via FilmFreeway by no later than April 8, 2019 if your film has been selected.

Jury Panel – A panel of three judges will make the the official selections and category winners.

Screening – Official Selection Films successful, will be screened at an all-day event on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Evansville, Indiana (USA) in the Koch Immersive Theater at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.

Official Selections – A total of five films will comprise the official selections of the EMIFF for each category and will be announced to the public at two film festival screenings on Saturday, April 27 2019. Film makers who submit a film chosen as an official selection of the Festival will receive free admission to EMIDFF You will be contacted if your film is an official selection by the April 8, 2019.

Drone Film Festival Categories- Land, Sky, Water, Air (Landscapes, Nature, Urban), Extreme Video (Drone Racing, Sports, Fast-Paced Videos), Open Category (Films that Do Not Fit in Other Categories)

Discretionary Awards-Best of Show, Best Tri-State Film (films submitted from Indiana, Kentucky & Illinois), Best Student Entry (entries by students), People’s Choice Award (picked during event).

Notification Date: You will be notified if your entry was accepted as an official selection in our festival by the notification date of Monday, April 8, 2019. Entry in our festival does not constitute automatically being an official selection.

Winning Films – One winning film in each category, plus up to four discretionary awards will be announced to the public at two film festival screenings on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Winners receive free admission to EMIDFF, Prizes will be delivered to film makers post film festival in U.S. Dollars by PayPal or by check payable to a U.S. bank and delivered to U.S. addresses by the United States Postal Service. If you are not in the U.S., you agree to accept payment by the PayPal service. You will be contacted if your film is winning entry .

Student Films- Entries eligible for our Best Student Award must be submitted by a student of an accredited educational institution. The name of the educational institution must be entered with the film submission.

Subtitles – Are welcome, but not required, expect in the case of non-English speaking films, which must include English subtitles.

By entering your film into the Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival EMIDFF you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property contained within your film and that you have cleared all contents of the film with the respective copyright holders prior to submission to the festival. By entering your work into this festival this constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the EMIDFF. We reserve the right to use segments of your submitted film for promotional purposes only, including but not limited to broadcast on TV or the internet. You agree that the EMIDFF may use your publicity stills prior to the festival for marketing, promotional activities and publicity purposes. We may also screen your film for judging, media review purposes or for exhibition, launch, after parties, partner events in association with We will always contact you (or a nominated filmmaker) to inform you of this prior to use.

Consent of parent or guardian must be obtained where a minor may be a participant in the film festival or competition. If the winner of a prize is under the age of 18 years, the prize will be awarded to the winner's nominated parents or guardian.

The Filmmaker grants EMIDFF the non¬exclusive right to exhibit the film at the EMIDFF. Additionally, Filmmaker grants EMIDFF the right to exhibit the Film up to ten times at EMIDFF branded events for a period of one year. You authorize EMIDFF to display your film on the EMIDFF website and give express permission to the festival to screen your film publicly at without monetary compensation.

EMIDFF does not claim any ownership rights to the content and films, the intellectual property and proprietary rights existing anywhere in the world and EMIDFF acquire no ownership, proprietary or other rights to your work and or film.

By submitting your film, it does not guarantee acceptance and selection of the work into the EMIDFF. You agree that you are aware that all films received will be reviewed by jury and judged, and that some films may not be selected for cinema screening as official selection of EMIDFF. You accept this risk.

This agreement is made in the state of Indiana, The United States of America and is governed by its laws.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew B. McGowan

    Awesome Festival! Great people and communication, look forward to participating with Evansville Museum in the future!

    May 2019
  • Ian Montgomery

    Good communication from organizers. Worthwhile

    March 2018
  • It was a great festival and a great venue for viewing. Great communication.

    March 2018