New York City Drone Film Festival #NYCDFF3
The official logo of the New York City Drone Film Festival. #NYCDFF3 wrapped on the weekend.

On the weekend, the third annual New York City Drone Film Festival, or – as Twitter likes to call it – the #NYCDFF3 took place. Since its inception, the festival has become a showcase for some of the best and most creative camera work you could imagine.

Creativity most of us could have scarcely imagined, say, five years ago. The appearance of high-quality but affordable drones and aerial rigs has changed everything, Founder and Festival director Randy Scott Slavin told TDC earlier:

“The thing about drones that really elevates it above all the other tools made for camera motion is that you can literally put the camera anywhere you want in 3-D space as long as you have the skills to put it there.”

And, with that, an introduction to this year’s winners in the various categories:


This prize went to Mixed Motion Project – Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski (Bulgaria).


Congratulations to #NoDAPL: Drones Monitor North Dakota Police – AJ+ (USA):


In this category, the winner was Corridor Digital (USA) with Drone Star Wars:


Of course, this is the category people most often associate with drone film work: Epic and majestic shots revealing earth from above. This year, the winner is Australia’s Wild Pacific Media, with a film called Australia – The Eagle Eye.


The winner in this category was a UK duo: Giles Campbell Longley and Kie Willis. Their film is called: Cala d’en Serra – Drone Parkour.


Wow. Ya gotta love Fresh Squeeze, by Robert McIntosh (USA).


In this category, it’s easy to see why this entry was a winner. Congrats to France’s Joris Favraud for: Byzantine.


Very cool, Lucas Zanatto of Norway:


The “Dronie” award went to Family Island, by Germany’s Florian Fischer. Unfortunately, no link is available at the moment – but we’ll update if one surfaces!


This award – which goes to an outstanding showreel – was earned by Koptercam of Finland.


Wow. Just wow. Congrats to Wellington Rodrigues (Germany) for Sea and Salt:

Randy Scott Slavin says this year’s festival attracted about 350 submissions from 45 countries. And, he says, most of work was done with consumer or prosumer-style drones – not high-end cinema rigs:

“We’re not an aerial cinematography film festival. We’re a drone film festival,” he told TDC. And this year, you can see from the nominees that many – if not most – of the films that were shot this year were shot with DJI products. A lot of them were shot with Phantom 4s. So it’s really all about the idea.”

Some amazing ideas. Here’s to all the 2017 #NYCDFF3 winners!

Hey there. Hope you enjoyed that.

At The Digital Circuit, we are committed to unbiased reporting and product testing. Our team includes professional journalists, highly experienced reviewers and pilots, a cinematographer – and even an engineer.

We take our independence seriously.

You can help support this mission by purchasing some of your gear through our affiliate links. You pay the same purchase price as you would normally, but TDC receives a small commission. It is this small commission that helps ensure our survival.

In fact, with the assistance of B&H Photo, we have prepared a deals page where you can see the latest and greatest deals on gear.

Intrigued? You bet. Click here.

Enter your comments below: