Recapping the Los Angeles Drone Film Festival

For the first time ever, some of the most talented drone pilots in the world came together for the inaugural Los Angeles Drone Film Festival last weekend at The Downtown Independent. With filmmakers from the Netherlands to Belgium to Germany and various cities throughout the United States, the collection of creativity at the LADFF was inspiring.

The LADFF, sister show of the popular New York City Drone Film Festival, featured 12 total categories, including aerial photography. Winners received prize packs that included drones and other drone accessories.

The weekend also included panels from filmmakers such as Ty Evans and a variety sessions at the RED Digital Cinema studios. RED also had some cameras on display at an event for sponsors and finalists.

Paul Nurkkala
FPV pilot Paul Nurkkala chats with AirVūz

AirVūz was in L.A. to check out all of the action. If you missed either of our Facebook Live streams, you can check them out here and here. For the AirVūz Original program “The Drone Dish,” we chatted with a few of the finalists of the LADFF, including Maarten Slooves. Stay tuned to for more great content from Los Angeles!

Congratulations to all pilots and filmmakers whose work was featured in this great festival. Winners and their respective categories are listed below:

Extreme Sports — “United We Ride” by Four Oh Four Film Factory

Landscape & Architecture — “Winter Wonderland” by Daniel Riley

Freestyle FPV — “Flight Of The Year” by Paul Nurkkala

Featuring Drones — “Merry Crashmas” by thisisTilt

Still Photography — “The Tree of Life” by Mike Bishop & Donal Boyd

Dronie — “There’s No One Else” by Wellington Visuals

X-Factor — “DRIFT” by Frank Dewaele

News & Docs — “The Big Ugly” by Máquina Voadora – Produções

Drone Use in Feature Film, TV or Advertising — “The Eagle Huntress” by Otto Bell

Showreel — “Aerial Frontiers” by Sam Short

Narrative — “Cardboard Cadet” by Chris Castor

Made in LA — “Muscle-Up” by Robert McIntosh

The New York City Drone Film Festival will take place on March 3, 2018. Submissions for the 2018 NYCDFF are open until January 7th. Be sure to enter your film to have a chance to be featured in one of the top drone film festivals in the world!