What is NYCDFF? https://youtu.be/Kd3VtlBmmtM

The New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. Now in its 5th year, NYCDFF provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work (shot anywhere in the world), emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and more. Director and aerial cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin founded the Festival in 2014 with a desire to change the perceptions of drones. "I'm tired of drones being synonymous with questionable legality, FAA regulation...I want to celebrate the art of aerial cinematography".

Our festival program is hand selected by a jury made up of creative, media and technical professionals as well as established drone cinematographers. Festival selections will be announced on or around January 22, 2019. All entrants will be posted at www.nycdronefilmfestival.com and notified by email. If selected, exhibition format digital files will be requested from the filmmakers.

Drones and more.

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

All "Dronie" entries must be less than 1 minute in length.

All "Showreel" entries must be 3 minutes or under in length.

Films submitted to the "Featuring Drones" do not have to be shot with drones.

Films submitted to the "Narrative category" have no length restrictions and will be selected based on films merit only.

All entries must be through www.filmfreeway.com unless otherwise stated by Festival Director.

By entering your film for consideration for the 2019 New York City Drone Film Festival, 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 your work at the 2019 New York City Drone Film Festival.

The New York City Drone Film Festival 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 2019 Festival 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
  • Jordan Overman

    Such an awesome event. This was our 2nd year attending, and it only gets better and better every year. Randy, his team, and the sponsors put a lot of time and effort into making this one of the best drone film festivals in the world.

    March 2019
  • Léo Ginailhac

    wow big and nice event !!

    July 2018
  • Jordan Nelson

    Excellent show! Only 1 single request and that is to bring back the physical copies of the show guides. Having it as downloadable on the phone is a distraction and most don't care to have their phones out. Being able to see more info about the film or photo helps tremendously and it's also nice to reference back to who won that category when the winner is announced.

    March 2018
  • Festival was great all around!

    March 2018
  • Ilko Iliev

    Epic films, epic people, epic event!

    April 2017