The Flying Robot International Film Festival is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of flying cameras, also commonly known as drones. Participation in the festival is open to anyone anywhere with an Internet connection.

We accept short film submissions in these categories: Cinematic Narrative, Epic Landscape, Drones for Good, FPV Racing & Freestyle, WTF LOL, Promotional and Student Film.

Winners and runners-up will be awarded in all categories. Best of Show and People's Choice winners will also be awarded.

Your submitted film must be 5 MINUTES or LESS total run time.

Primary, we’re looking for films shot from the perspective of a flying camera that tell a story. We’re not interested in seeing what your backyard looks like. Unless your backyard is full of alligators or kangaroos or something. Judges will shine favorably upon films with a good story.

Your film does not need to exclusively contain aerial footage. There is no hard and fast rule about how much aerial footage must be in your film, but your footage should be central to the story you're telling. Films completely unrelated to drones or do not contain relevant aerial footage, will be disqualified.

Student Film category entries must be submitted by a student of an accredited educational institution. The name of the educational institution must be entered with the film submission.

All entries must be submitted through the FRIFF festival page on, specifically via this url: All short film submissions must be done through direct upload to FilmFreeway or by including a YouTube or Vimeo link to your short film in your FilmFreeway submission.


Publicity materials provided to FRIFF may be used on all FRIFF media, including but not limited to websites, videos, blogs, social media, print publications, and signage or other environmental media for educational, informational, marketing, and fundraising purposes pre and post Festival. The publicity materials may be shared with the Festival’s official partners pre and post Festival. FRIFF has the non­exclusive right reserves the right to crop images as needed for print and web publications. Due to the intense nature of the publication cycle, we are not able to submit materials to filmmakers or their representatives for approval prior to publication. In addition to the above, following the Festival, publicity materials provided FRIFF will be made accessible and online, through the FRIFF’s website.

By submitting all materials to FRIFF, Filmmaker, grants to FRIFF an irrevocable nonexclusive worldwide license to use the materials in connection with FRIFF as described above.
In addition, Filmmaker warrants and represents that Filmmaker is the owner, or is the authorized representative of the owner, of all copyright and trademark rights in the materials, and that the above uses by FRIFF will not infringe the rights of any third parties. Filmmaker, on his/her own behalf, will indemnify FRIFF from and against any claims or damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees incurred as a result of any third party claims.

Right to Exhibit

The Filmmaker grants FRIFF the non­exclusive right to exhibit the film at the FRIFF 2017 in San Francisco. Additionally, Filmmaker grants FRIFF the right to exhibit the Film up to ten times at FRIFF branded events for a period of one year. Filmmaker warrants that they are the authorized representative of the owner of the Film and of all copyright and trademark rights in the Film (including music), and that the above uses by FRIFF will not infringe the rights of any third parties. Filmmaker, on his/her own behalf, will indemnify FRIFF from and against any claims or damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees incurred as a result of any third party claims. Filmmaker has full authority to grant to FRIFF the right to exhibit the Film.

By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge that you own all rights to the films being submitted and/or you have obtained permission to use any copyrighted materials contained within your submitted films. You authorize FRiFF to display your film on the FRiFF website and give express permission to the festival to screen your film publicly at theatrical venues worldwide without monetary compensation.

Watermarks & Branding Overlays

Please avoid any branding overlays, watermarks or sponsor advertising persistently in your submissions. If your film is selected for screening, we will need a version without branding overlays, watermarks or persistent sponsor advertising. We cannot screen it otherwise.

Overall Rating
  • What wonderful Festival to attend! So happy I heard about it. I encourage others to submit their projects when they FRIFF comes back!

    July 2018
  • Great Film Festival! I am glad to have attended

    November 2017
  • Matthew Johnson

    Fantastic film festival! I was so glad to be a part of it! :)

    November 2017
  • Ian Montgomery

    Great festival. Excellent communication from the organizer and the event is well attended and promoted.

    November 2017
  • Great event. Awesome location and cool prizes. The only negative feedback would be that the sound during the screening was terrible. Less the festivals fault and more the venue. Definitely recommend going and entering if you have a film!

    January 2017