The Thunderbird Drone Festival is Oklahoma's first and only drone film festival and drone technology expo. Taking place August 13th & 14th of 2021 in Woodward Oklahoma, the in-person event offers a film festival for drone filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their work across various categories. The films featured in the festival will be hand-selected by a professional jury. Prizes will be awarded and attendees will celebrate together at an after party.

The festival will take place at the historic and charming Woodward Arts Theatre. The theatre is restored from the 1920's and regularly hosts film festivals, plays, recitals, and concerts. All filmmakers selected for the festival will receive a certain number of free passes if they choose to attend. We encourage you to attend! Woodward is located in the Northwest part of Oklahoma. This area is full of western history, wide open spaces (perfect for flying drones), and beautiful sunsets.

The festival will also feature a juried scavenger hunt we call ScavenDrone. ScavenDrone is hosted by our friends at Airvuz ( ) and will feature an Oklahoma and US/International category to enter. Entry is FREE! Each drone pilot who enters will be given a list of items and will have 48 hours from 12:00 am CST on July 9th to 11:59 PM CST on July 10th to take images of each of the items on that list from the air, edit, and submit. Various prizes will be awarded for the best images and more (locally and internationally). Find more details on how to enter ScavenDrone ar our website.

The second day of the festival will feature a drone expo and panel on the drone industry followed by FPV races/demonstrations.

Film Festival categories include:
- Landscape & Architecture
- Sports
- Showreel & Commercial
- Dronie
- Still Photography
- Scavendrone
• Various Awards
- Narrative or Other
- Made in Oklahoma
• Still
• Video
- Best In Show

Prizes and awards will be presented at the event.

Submissions are now open and will close on July 3rd, 2021. Festival selections will be announced on or around July 16, 2021. 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 footage must be shot using a drone or UAV (at least 50%).
All "Showreel & Commercial" entries must be 3 minutes or less.
All "Dronie" submissions must be less than 1 minute.
Submissions to the film festival must be made through FilmFreeway. Festival director reserves the right to make exceptions as needed.

By submitting your project to the 2021 Thunderbird Drone Festival, the submitter and anyone associated with the submitted project agree 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
  • Doug Armknecht

    Absolutely top-notch event! I've been to several major drone film festivals (all in large cities) and this one ranks right up there. Extremely well organized with lots of fun events for filmmakers. Lots of community support too. Thanks so much for showing my film.

    September 2021