Nominees Announced For 2017 NYC Drone Film Festival

    Nominees Announced For 2017 NYC Drone Film Festival Sponsored By Red And Freefly Systems; Master Classes Announced; Tickets Now On Sale

    World-class event to be held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Liberty Science Center

    March 17 – 19, 2017

    NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 1, 2017 — 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 complete list of nominees can be found below.

    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

    To view the mind-bending trailer for the festival, suitable for publication, visit

    “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)

    About the NYC Drone Film Festival

    The NYC Drone Film Festival is the world’s first and largest event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinema. The festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work, shot anywhere in the world, emphasizing innovative storytelling, flight technique and aesthetic beauty. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone cinema fan community.