The New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The Festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work (shot anywhere in the world), emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and more. Director, landscape photographer, 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, 2018. 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.

Awards & Prizes

Drones and more.

Rules & Terms

All films must be 5 minutes or under in length 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.

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

By entering your film for consideration for the 2018 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 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival.

The New York City Drone Film Festival reserves the right to use excerpts of the 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 2018 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.

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    Ilko Iliev

    Epic films, epic people, epic event!

    April 2017
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    Drono del Aire

    It is simply THE BEST drone film festival.

    March 2017
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    Marco Godles

    We attended the 3rd NYCDFF in 2017, having one of our works nominated. It was such a great event! I will be submitting again next year and attending no matter what. It was professionally organised, amazing events, high profile guests, and great fun!

    March 2017
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    Madeleine Dudley

    The efforts that went into this festival were immeasurable. Randy and his team did all they could to make the weekend worth the while including captivating seminars/workshops and networking parties. The films were of an amazing calibre and made the journey to NY unforgettable.

    March 2017
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    Tarsicio Sanudo

    This is what a Drone Film Festival should be, the media coverage, the venue, the screening, the prizes and the experience is first class.

    September 2016