By: Nick Lavars
The Rise of the Drones Film Festival caters to those who like to live life on the edge
DJI has teamed up with web broadcaster Epic TV to launch the pair’s first film festival for drone footage. The Rise of the Drones Film Festival is geared specifically towards action sports, with the call going out to extreme athletes to get their adrenaline running high and their drones flying even higher.
The popularity of drones has risen sharply in the last couple of years, and the more they find their way into the hands of budding aerial photographers, the more breathtaking footage continues to surface. This fact is not lost on the world’s biggest drone manufacturer, who is now joining the likes of the New York City Drone Film Festival and the San Francisco-based Flying Robot International Film Festival in showcasing the best footage these aerial platforms can muster.
But where those two festivals leave the door open to any and all kinds of subject matter, the Rise of the Drones Film Festival is targeting those who like to live life on the edge. The festival site already features videos submitted by surfers and motorcross riders, with snowboarders, wingsuit flyers, climbers and mountain bikers just some of the others encouraged to strut their stuff.
The high-flying exploits of camera drones and extreme sportspeople seem to dovetail ever so nicely (which is probably one reason why action camera juggernaut GoPro has decided to start building its own), so we’re tipping the judges are going to have their work cut out for them on this one.
There’s €20,000 (US$21,643) in cash and DJI gear up for grabs across the Best Film, Best Editing, Best Action and Best Continuous Shot categories, with submissions open until September 30. Winners will be announced on October 7, with screenings in London and Chamonix, France to follow on October 9.