The inaugural Drone Awards attracted the attention of photographers from 101 different countries. And with over 4,400 submissions. The grand prize winner wascFrench photographer Florian Ledoux who took home the title of Photographer of the Year for his award-winning photo of a polar bear swimming through the freezing waters of northern Canada.
If you’re looking to reach a wider audience, gain some recognition from the press, get inspired, or see your work broadcast on the big screen, entering these competitions is your best bet. You may even win some cash and new drone gear. Here are five festivals I recommend looking into and, even if you’re not a filmmaker, attending.
Arguably the largest commercial drone exhibition in the world, the International Drone Conference and Exhibition is hosting its third annual film festival alongside the rest of the event. Submissions have already closed but conference attendees can view finalists on the big screen Wednesday, September 6th from 5:45 – 7:00 pm.
A major international drone film festival is finally arriving in Canada in late September. Put on by The Sky Guys, it takes place in conjunction with the Second Annual Big Drone Show. Submissions are open until September 15th and are not only free, they’ll also grant a 70% discount to the two-day Big Drone Show conference. Simply input your basic information including a link to the video you want to enter and select the film’s category.
The sister festival to New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF), Los Angeles Drone Film Festival makes its debut this October 6th – 8th. The final deadline for submissions has been extended to September 6th as the festival’s notoriously indefatigable organizer, Randy Scott Slavin, has promised “some exciting news.” This is one of the few festivals that boasts a still photography category. If it’s even half as well-organized as NYCDFF (more on that, below), then it’s worth the steep $50 entry fee and ensuing trip to one of the most populous cities on the West Coast.
Returning for its third consecutive year to San Francisco’s historic Roxie Theatre, the world’s first-ever international drone film festival is accepting entries until September 18th. Organizer Eddie Codel likes to keep participation accessible to everyone, including students, with a low $10 Early Bird Deadline fee. Last year, Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) received 180 submissions across 8 categories from 40 countries. FRiFF’s jury is made up an eclectic group of top robotics industry professionals including Star Simpson, Veronica Belmont, Rhianna Lakin, Mike Senese, and Zoe Stumbaugh (ZoeFPV).
The fourth installment of the very first festival dedicated solely to aerial cinematography returns March 2nd – 4th, 2018. Submissions opened on August 20th and close January 7th. I was able to attend the third event, this past March, and was amazed at the quality of films, the spacious venue, knowledgeable panelists, and thoroughly informative master classes. Luisa Winters’ course on Color Correction was my favorite. Festival founder Randy Scott Slavin did a stellar job emceeing the event and moderating talks. For it’s size and scale, it’s efficiently executed from beginning to end.
Büyüktaş uses a drone, 3-D rendering, and Photoshop to create a warped view of the world in Flatlands II. He pulled the same trick two years ago, turning his hometown of Istanbul into a mind-bending world that brought to mind the work of M.C. Escher. This time, he focused on the American Southwest. “The area is like heaven for a photographer,” he says.
Disney World To Launch 300-Drone Light Show.
Earlier this month, Intel showed its video of 500 drones flying in formation at night in Germany. The LED lights on the drones spelled out the word ‘Intel.’
That was the first known example of a mass of hundreds of drones being used to portray a company logo in the sky at night.
A version of that drone light show is now moving to Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The beautiful AW16 Craig Green campaign was shot with a drone in a black sand beach featuring images of models wearing the new collection that incorporates ideas of protection and romance. He drew inspiration from the pages of National Geographic.
We love our city, and this is one of its great events.
Not exsactly leagal if you dont have an exemption but wait until you see what it looks like from up there. You’ve NEVER seen fireworks like this before!
Neo Byzantine church captured by drone.
Stephan Zirwes' arial drone and photo footage at opiom gallery. From now until June 16th, 2016 Opiom gallery presents zirwes’ ‘moving stills’, a collection of images and recent video works filmed by an ultra high resolution drone exhibited for the first time in france. through the urban and natural landscapes he documents, zirwes forges contrasts and connections through the subject of his images.
In such a short amount of time, marketers have been able to figure out different ways to use drones in their marketing strategies. Some of these ways, while still in their infancy, show a huge potential for the future of marketing.
HOW ARE DRONES BEING USED IN THE MARKETING INDUSTRY?
Drones as a physical medium: they are used to physically reach consumers in new and innovative ways. Disruption potential: medium
Drones as actors: they are used by marketers in video commercials as surprising flying objects bringing the “wow” factor. Disruption potential: low
Drones as videographer tools: they are used in commercials to produce innovative video content and offer new perspectives. Disruption potential: high
Drones as a hub of emerging technologies: integrated with other technologies (such as VR/AR, cloud, IoT etc), drones are opening the path to disruptive ways to gather data and market to target audiences. Disruption potential: huge!
Bit of a comoercial, but some good thoughts on artist adapting technology.
What Anders Andersson can do with a camera is amazing. Because of the change in drone tech. What’s changed is the emergence of affordable, highly advanced consumer drones set up for photography – and Swedish photographer Anders is somewhat of an expert in the art of using them.
Once Is Nothing, an exhibition of international artists whose work investigates the cultural space and aesthetics of drones.
Canada’s first exhibition dedicated to exploring drones as a subject, material, and tool of artistic production. Through their engagement with the uses and perspectives of drones, the artists of Once Is Nothing generate a paradoxical view of both the infallibility and invincibility of drone technology while questioning borders, surveillance, identity, and place.
The exhibition includes new and contemporary works in video, sculpture, and photography by Lawrence Bird (Winnipeg), David Bowen (USA), IOCOSE (UK/Italy/Germany), Joe Ford (USA), Mona Kamal (USA), and Morgan Skinner (Toronto).
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