As films made using drones are getting more popular, an international film festival has arrived in this domain. San Francisco’s forthcoming Flying Robot international Film Festival looks to reward drone filmmakers.
The event is an open competitive drone film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of flying camera robots, also commonly known as drones. Participation is open to anyone around the globe, and prizes will be awarded to filmmakers of winning selections in various categories.The Flying Robot International Film Festival claims to be the first to “celebrate aerial cinema from the perspective of drones.” The first edition of the festival took place on November 19, 2015 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. The festival received 153 submissions representing 35 countries across 7 categories and gave away over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
The themes are interesting and the festival has various categories including a “Drones for Good” categories which will feature the best shorts about how unmanned aircraft are being used to help humanity and tackle global issues. UAVs are being used to drop medical supplies in war zones and places where the geographic terrain makes it difficult for vehicles to reach, they are also used to help in anti-poaching efforts, to fight fires, and even help search for missing people.
“These stories of good don’t get much attention, with Drones for Good, I hope to offer another narrative as to why we should carefully consider drones as lawmakers start banning them everywhere.”
Eddie Codel, FRiFF
“These stories of good don’t get much attention, with Drones for Good, I hope to offer another narrative as to why we should carefully consider drones as lawmakers start banning them everywhere.” event organizer Eddie Codel said. He is a San Francisco based live video producer, aerial filmmaker and drone enthusiast.
Other categories include Cinematic Narrative, Epic Landscape, Aerial Sports, I Made That, WTF LOL, Promotional and Student Film. The festival will screen finalist and winning films in San Francisco in late 2016.
Cash prizes will be awarded in all categories, including Best of Show and People’s Choice winners.
The film itself does not need to exclusively contain aerial footage. There is no hard and fast rule about how much aerial footage must be in the film, but footage should be central to the story. Films completely unrelated to flying robots or do not contain relevant aerial footage, will be disqualified.Looks like drone lovers everywhere have a new summer project where they can put their beloved UAVs to good use.