DRONE FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL

EXPERIENCE THE FILM FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE AS ONE.

The Drone Focus Film Festival made its original debut at Drone Focus Conference 2017 with submissions from across the globe. Rather than creating a separate event just for the film festival, our team integrates the films into the entire conference experience. Winners are announced on mainstage during the event in front of all of the attendees making the celebration front and center.

The focus of the Drone Focus Film Festival is on the application and end-product of the drone user in a competitive, creative atmosphere. All submitted films will be judged and the winners will receive cash and/or in-kind prizes. The Drone Focus Film Festival is looking foster the growth of the drones and UAS industry by bringing together multiple mediums and industries. Through the film festival, our hope is to empower the future of UAS technology and bring awareness to the surrounding communities.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Filmmakers from across the globe submit their films to one or more of our six categories.

  2. A panel of judges will evaluate all the submissions and select the top 3 submissions within each of the six categories. The Filmmakers of the top 3 submissions will be notified.

  3. From the top 3 within each of the six categories, a finalist will be selected.

  4. The finalist within each category will be announced on-stage at Drone Focus Conference on May 30-31.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submissions Close - April 20, 2018

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Top 3: Selected & Notified - May 1, 2018

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Winners Announced - May 30-31, 2018

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  • All films must be 5 minutes OR LESS in length
  • 50% or more must be shot using a drone or UAV
  • Entries must be submitted by April 20, 2018
  • Upon selection, contestants will be notified via email May 1, 2018
  • Films must be submitted via Film Freeway. DVDs will not be accepted
  • One film submission per category. You may enter multiple films in different categories
  • Credits that should be included: Cast/Crew, UAV/drone pilot, drone technology (equipment used), music score, and locations filmed
  • For publication purposes, if your entry is selected, entrants must supply TWO digital images (production stills, movie poster, etc) in .jpeg or PDF format. (Spec: 300dpi, under 2k)

CATEGORIES

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NARRATIVE

Tell us a brilliant story with a drone - we want to lose ourselves in a cinematic storyline captured using Drone Technology.

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LANDSCAPE

Allow the audience to see the wonder of a new place or rediscover wonder in an old place - we want to see how drones can give an awe-inspiring new perspectives on landscapes.

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SHOWREEL

Put all of your best shots together - we want something that inspires us to go kick ass and make things happen! The more hype the better.

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MOMENTS

Capture an experience or day-trip or other noteworthy moments on camera - we want to feel invited along the journey of a great experience. Whether it’s a concert or a day of cliff jumping or a bridge demolition or wedding or any other moment, we want something that sucks us in.

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STUDENT

Submissions from any of the listed categories that were completely shot, directed, and edited by current students. Students with a valid, current Student ID can submit their films here.

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ND LEGENDARY

North Dakota has incredible, original landscapes that make ND truly Legendary! Submit your best footage of North Dakota to this category! All footage must be of North Dakota. You must include where every shot was taken.

CATEGORIES

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NARRATIVE

Tell us a brilliant story with a drone - we want to lose ourselves in a cinematic storyline captured using Drone Technology.

WhatToExpect_Icon_Gradient

LANDSCAPE

Allow the audience to see the wonder of a new place or rediscover wonder in an old place - we want to see how drones can give an awe-inspiring new perspectives on landscapes.

WhatToExpect_Icon_Gradient

SHOWREEL

Put all of your best shots together - we want something that inspires us to go kick ass and make things happen! The more hype the better.

WhatToExpect_Icon_Gradient

MOMENTS

Capture an experience or day-trip or other noteworthy moments on camera - we want to feel invited along the journey of a great experience. Whether it’s a concert or a day of cliff jumping or a bridge demolition or wedding or any other moment, we want something that sucks us in.

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STUDENT

Submissions from any of the listed categories that were completely shot, directed, and edited by current students. Students with a valid, current Student ID can submit their films here.

WhatToExpect_Icon_Gradient

ND LEGENDARY

North Dakota has incredible, original landscapes that make ND truly Legendary! Submit your best footage of North Dakota to this category! All footage must be of North Dakota. You must include where every shot was taken.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • All films must be 5 minutes OR LESS in length (films that do not follow this rule will be disqualified immediately).
  • 50% or more must be shot using a drone or UAV.
  • One film submission per category, per filmmaker.
  • You may enter multiple films in different categories.
  • Credits in each video: Cast/Crew, UAV/drone pilot, drone technology (equipment used), music score, and locations filmed.
  • For publication purposes, if your entry is selected, entrants must supply TWO digital images (anything from production stills to a movie poster) in .jpeg or PDF format. (Specs: 300 dpi, under 2K)
  • For viewing purposes, winner's must supply a downloadable video file to be used at Drone Focus Conference.
  • Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway. DVDs will not be accepted.

Drone Focus Film Festival reserves the right to utilize submitted footage for promotional purposes for the 2018 and future Drone Focus Film Festivals. No footage will be used to generate income or sold.

ENTRY FEES

  • Early Bird Deadline (April 4, 2018)  - $15 per entry
  • Regular Deadline (April 20, 2018) - $20 per entry
  • Student Fees - Submissions under the student category are FREE

AWARDS & PRIZES

If selected to screen at the film festival, filmmakers will be required to submit their films for use at the festival via Dropbox NO LATER THAN May 23, 2018

Category winners will receive

  • Complimentary admission to Drone Focus Conference on May 30-31, 2018 ($300 value)
  • TO BE ANNOUNCED

JUDGING

Films will be judged based on the following criteria on a 1-10 scale;

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Cinematography
  • Production value
  • Pacing
  • Structure
  • Sound/Music
  • Overall Quality
  • Adherence to the rules

We will filter down the submissions to a “top three;” those top three will go into the final round and a winner will be selected

  • There will be 3 judges per category.
  • Finalists will be notified – May 1, 2018

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Visit KnowBeforeYouFly.org to learn the rules put in place by the FAA. We cannot consider any film that breaks the rules put in place by the FAA. A few quick tips:

  • Fly below 400 ft
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles of airport radius without consenting with air traffic authorities
  • Stay away from emergency response efforts (ex: fires, storms, etc.)
  • Fly within visual line of sight
  • Avoid flying over people or near any aircraft
  • Abide by flight restrictions put in place by the FAA
  • DO NOT fly under the influence

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