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Flying Robot International Film Festival Returns in October

BY Alan Perlman
29 June 2016

flying robot international drone film festival

Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) is the world’s premier international drone film festival, focused on drone culture and aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones. FRiFF will return for its second annual installment this October, in San Francisco. Submissions are now being accepted for short films across eight categories: Cinematic Narrative, Epic Landscape, Drones for Good, FPV/Aerial Sports, LOL WTF, Promotional, I Made That! and Student Films. Anyone, anywhere with an Internet connection is invited to participate.

  • What: The second annual Flying Robot international Film Festival
  • When: October, 2016
  • Where: San Francisco
  • Why: Drone-based aerial cinema is elevating storytelling to new heights.
  • How: Submit your film here

FRiFF received press coverage in its inaugural year from a variety of outlets, including WIRED, Variety, CNBC, Make: and iQ by Intel. 153 films spanning 35 countries were submitted for consideration. 20 finalists were selected by a panel of esteemed judges from the worlds of aerial cinema, feature filmmaking, robotics, artificial intelligence, media, and drone sports.  Winning selections, including All Away in Cinematic Narrative and The Syria Airlift Project in Drones For Good, were recognized and awarded a share of $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as gaining international exposure for their work.

Winning Selections from 2015

Leo Dessi / Art of Shades - All Away (Director's Cut)

The Syria Airlift Project

Recognized by FastCompany in their “The Most Innovative Companies of 2016” feature for “providing a platform for the best in drone filmmaking,” FRiFF successfully established an international presence in its first year after screening at the Emergence Creative Festival in Margaret River, Western Australia, and Gascoyne River Music Festival, this past March.

FRiFF was founded in 2015 by Eddie Codel, a San Francisco based live video producer, aerial filmmaker and drone nerd. With a focus on independent filmmaking, Codel’s mission is to continue making FRiFF accessible to as many drone enthusiasts as possible. “I want to highlight the best stuff out there and really encourage filmmakers to take it to the next level.” Early bird submissions, open through July 15th are only $10. From July 15th, through August 15th, the price increases to $15.

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