All films must be 5 minutes or less in length, of which 50% or more must be shot using a drone or UAV. All "Dronie" entries must be less then 1 minute in length. All entries must be through unless otherwise stated by festival director.  By entering your film for consideration for the 2017 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 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival. 


A select group of film & television professionals and drone cinematographers will make up the festival jury. Festival selections will be announced on or around January 22nd, 2017. All entrants will be posted at www.NYCDRONEFILMFESTIVAL.COM and notified by email. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work. If selected, exhibition format digital files will be requested from the filmmakers. 



The festival jury will present awards to films in various categories:

NARRATIVE - A great film always centers around a great story and a drone film is no different.  Tell us a great story... we’re listening.

LANDSCAPE/ARCHITECTURE - There's no question that drones are an ideal tool for shooting landscapes and architecture. How are you taking it to the next level?

SHOWREEL - Aerial cinematographers tend to collect a lot of footage.  This category is for those who wish to showcase a wide variety of their work.

NEWS & DOCUMENTARY - Aerial Cinematography used to shoot unscripted subjects. This is about real people in real situations. 

TECHNICAL - Getting great drone shots is always technically difficult to achieve.  However, sometimes you're flying in extreme weather conditions, flying $100k worth of gear on your drone, or dealing with intricate choreography.  This category is for those truly exceptional technical achievements in drone cinema.  

FREESTYLE FPV - FPV pilots, this is your category.  Have footage of an outstanding freestyle run?  Submit here.  Have some high octane race footage?  This is the place.  This category is not about picture quality… it’s all about flying skills.

DRONIE - The "drone selfie."  Enough said.

EXTREME SPORTS -  Extreme sports are best seen via drone and we want to see the best extreme sports footage in the world.  Mountain biking, wing suits, motocross, skateboarding and everything in between - show us what you've got.

X-FACTOR - Does your film not fit into the other categories but is still f@&ing awesome?  Submit here

FEATURING DRONESThis category is for films that feature drones. This includes stories about drones or starring drones. Films submitting to this category DO NOT have to be shot using drones.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY Motion picture photography and still photography are completely different arts. Finalists in this category will their work printed and displayed at #NYCDFF 2017 screenings and events.