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Nominees Announced for 3rd Annual NYC Drone Film Festival

Nominations have been announced for the 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival, the world’s first and largest film festival dedicated to works filmed by drones. The festival, with headline sponsors RED and Freefly Systems, will be held March 17-19, 2017 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and the Liberty Science Center. Tickets are available by visiting

“This year’s films not only dazzle the senses with their beautiful imagery and high-flying acrobatics,” said Randy Scott Slavin, founder and festival director. “They take us to far-away places, examine social issues like climate change and the Dakota Pipeline, and riff on pop culture. One of them even features a team of drones making a cake. With films originating everywhere from the ocean to the desert to the skate park, the 2017 festival is our most diverse one yet.”

“Drone camerawork has already attained new realms of astonishment,” said David Pogue, founder of Yahoo Tech. “What’s so cool about the New York City Drone Film Festival is that it culls the best of that brilliance, and presents to the world the best of the best. I thought I’d seen it all. I was wrong.” 

Awards will be presented in 13 categories including Best Narrative Film, Best News/Documentary Film, Best Extreme Sports Film, and Best Dronie, a selfie taken with a drone. 

A series of master classes focused on various aspects of drone filmmaking taught by industry leaders has also been announced. Visit for the schedule.

2017 NYC Drone Film Festival Nominees


Drone Star Wars

Corridor Digital (USA)

The Mountain Within

Philippe Woodtli (Switzerland)


Yan Giroux (Canada)


Mixed Motion Project

Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski (Bulgaria)

Caos en la ciudad

Roberto Hernández (Mexico)


Tim Sessler (USA)


#NoDAPL: Drones Monitor North Dakota Police

Shadi Rahimi (USA)

Manabi 7.8

Juan Fernando Rojas (Ecuador)

Beauty & Bounty

Doug Armknecht (USA)


An Aerial Perspective of Nordland

Michael Fletcher (Australia)


Jay Worsley (USA)


Caspar Mazzotti (Australia)


Moon Line

Frédéric Rousseau (France)


Eric Sterman (USA)

Cala d’en Serra – Drone Parkour

Giles Campbell Longley and Kie Willis (United Kingdom)

Doonies 3: A Drone’s Eye View

Jake Yubeta (USA)


Drone Free Style

Rafael Paiva (USA)

Stone Eagle’s Flight

Gabriel Kocher (Switzerland)

One Night in Atlanta

Johnny Schaer (USA)

Fresh Squeeze

Robert McIntosh (USA)



Joris Favraud (France)


David Etienne Durivage (Canada)

From Inside to Outside

Stephane Aboudaram (France)


Drone Cake Baking

Lucas Zanotto (Norway)

Light in Motion

Daniel Riley and Henning Sandstrom (USA)

Dron’t You Love Me?

Madeleine Dudley (Australia)


Cape Town Dronie

Matthew Wade (USA)

A Man (Almost Two) and a Dog

Mauro Pagliai (Italy)

Family Island

Florian Fischer (Germany)


Skynamic Pilot Reel 2017

Skynamic (Germany)

KopterCam 2017 Showreel

Koptercam (Finland)

ThisIsTilt Showreel 2017

Tilt (Norway)


Climate Change Claims a Lake and an Identity

Josh Haner/The New York Times (USA)

Kim on the Rocks

Karim Iliya (USA)

Lost in Foliage

Dirk Dallas (USA)

Sea and Salt

Wellington Rodrigues (Germany)

The Tree of Life

Michael Bishop (USA)

Drone Runner

Gerard Juarez (USA)