Check out our 2023 announcement Video here:
Watch our 2022 recap video at:
2022 judges and drone experts talk about our festival and its importance to the state of Oklahoma:

Get ready for a gravity-defying experience as the Thunderbird Drone Festival returns for its third year on August 25th and 26th of 2023! Oklahoma's first and only drone film/photo festival and drone technology event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

On day one filmmakers and photographers from all over the world will converge in Woodward, Oklahoma, to showcase their stunning drone work across a variety of categories in front of an enthusiastic audience. Hand-selected by a professional jury, including Emmy award-winners, the films and photos featured in the festival will leave you in awe. Category winners will receive awards and will celebrate the evening at the VIP after-party!

On the second day of the festival, you'll get the chance to attend a wide range of drone seminars, panels, and demos covering everything drone industry. And don't miss the amazing FPV, tiny-whoop races at the Sky-high Shootout!

This year's festival promises to be an unforgettable experience that you won't want to miss. So, make sure to mark your calendar for August 25th and 26th of 2023, and come join us in Woodward for the ultimate celebration of drone technology and creativity!

Film Festival categories include:
- Landscape, Architecture, & Sports
- Showreel & Commercial
- Still Photography
• Nature
• Architecture
- Narrative, Dronie, & More Other
- Made in Oklahoma
• Still
• Film
- First-Time Filmmaker or Under 18
- Best In Show

Cash prizes and awards will be presented at the event. Here's what we did last year!
Each category winner received a $100 cash prize and a custom Thunderbird Drone Festival wooden, laser-cut medal by a local Oklahoma creator. The Best In Show received a $500 cash prize and a custom Thunderbird Drone Festival wooden, laser-cut medal. We are aiming for even bigger and better things this year!

Submissions are now open and will close on June 30th, 2023. Festival selections will be announced on or around July 21st, 2023. All entrants will be posted on our website, social media pages, and by email. If selected, exhibition format digital files will be requested from the filmmakers.

Films must be 5 minutes in length or less (unless otherwise specified) and a majority of the footage must be shot using a drone or UAV (at least 50%).
All "Showreel & Commercial" entries must be 3 minutes or less (unless an exception is made).
All "Dronie" submissions must be less than 1 minute (unless an exception is made).
Submissions to the film festival must be made through FilmFreeway. The Festival Director reserves the right to make exceptions as needed.

By submitting your project to the 2023 Thunderbird Drone Festival, the submitter and anyone associated with the submitted project agrees to the following:
You authorize your project to be exhibited at the Thunderbird Drone Festival;
You accept to hold full legal responsibility for the intellectual property herein;
Your project does not infringe any trademark, agreement, copyright, artistic, personal, civil, privacy, moral right of any person, firm, corporation or association;
In the event of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos or photos entered, you accept to indemnify and hold harmless the Thunderbird Drone Festival from and against any resulting claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and costs of the court).
You authorize your name, likeness, and submitted work to be used in any promotion of the Thunderbird Drone Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Taylor Henderson

    Loved everything about this festival! It was a lot of fun to attend and there were lots of festivities planned around the awards show. If you’re into drone footage it’s definitely worth attending/submitting!

    August 2022
  • Naude Heunis

    It was a such an honor to have been a part of this festival and bring home a win. Thank you to the organizers for putting the whole thing together!

    August 2022
  • Joanna Steidle

    Super is a must on the Drone circuit.

    August 2022
  • It's a fantastic festival!
    Communication with them was perfect and I was able to receive a lot of information even though I could not attend in person. Thank you to everyone involved!

    August 2022
  • Seth Cumming

    I attended this festival not knowing what to expect. The crowd, entertainment, showing, and events were well worth my time! I was able to also submit my first project ever, and first time ever seeing my own work on a big screen. If you are hesitant about joining or submitting don't be. The decision to attend/submit could change your life. Do it!

    June 2022