The second annual DC Drone Film Festival will once again be a part of the 2017 National Drone Show, taking place from Nov. 29-30. The DC Drone Film Fest celebrates the work of drone videographers from around the world.

A showcase of the imaginative work captured with unmanned aircraft systems, entrants will have the chance to share their work with fellow pilots, producers, equipment manufacturers, drone enthusiasts and all of the 4,600 video, broadcast and AV professionals who attend the National Drone Show and Government Video Expo.

Submissions will be accepted in any (or all) of the six categories: Narrative; Nature; Sports; Architecture; Corporate/Industrial/Business; and Shorts. The festival is open to content filmed anywhere on the globe.

Submissions should not exceed five minutes in length (or one minute in the Shorts category) and should consist of at least 50% drone footage.

The winning films will be showcased at the DC Drone Film Festival during the National Drone Show and Government Video Expo.

Providing a platform for the use of drones to power visual storytelling is what the DC Drone Film Festival is all about. We are excited to see the great work you have to offer.

Awards & Prizes

Winners in each category will receive a $250 cash prize and be screened throughout the 2017 National Drone Show, held in November in Washington D.C.

The winners will also receive recognition across the NewBay Broadcast & Video network of sites. Additional prizes to be announced.

Rules & Terms

Submissions will be accepted in any (or all) of the six categories: Narrative; Nature; Sports; Architecture; Corporate/Industrial/Business; and Shorts. The festival is open to content filmed anywhere on the globe.

Submissions should not exceed five minutes in length (or one minute in the Shorts category) and should consist of at least 50% drone footage.

Entries will be evaluated on originality, technical expertise and cinematography/visuals.

Winning entries in each category will be screened at the DC Drone Film Festival, and will also be featured online across NewBay Media’s network of broadcast and video sites. Entering this festival acknowledges that material will be used for these purposes.

Winning films will be required to obtain all rights and clearances for any music or copyrighted material used in their film. Winning filmmakers will be required to sign a release certifying that they have obtained all rights and clearances prior to exhibiting the film at the festival, through our online properties or in external promotions.

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    Mark McCollom

    Glad to have been accepted. Drone involvement should be more present in the expo. It felt like an afterthought. While it is an emerging industry it should have been more present at this event. FAA should have been there and more vendors with drone demos such as DJI or GoPro. Not much networking.

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Mr. McCollom,

    Thank you for providing your feedback on the inaugural DC Drone Film Festival. We appreciate your insight as we continuously look to improve the festival experience for all involved. We are looking in to how we can further expand the festival and appreciate your suggestions. We hope that you will consider participating in the DC Drone Film Festival again in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Balderston