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2021 AWARDS CEREMONY

 

AZDroneFest is a film festival and Education Expo designed to educate, promote, cultivate and celebrate the art of aerial cinematography in Arizona.  The film festival is dedicated to recognizing the best in aerial cinematography in multiple categories.  Attached to the film festival is an Education Expo with industry panel discussions, keynote speakers and workshops for commercial drone pilots, drone enthusiasts and aerial cinematographers to attend.  AZDroneFest is owned and organized by USDroneFest, Inc.

THE EVENT

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AZDroneFest 2021

Film Festival  & Expo
10/23/2021

Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017

 
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  • Bill Davis
    Great Job! Thank you for all of your hard work to put this on.
    Bill Davis
  • Julien Hudym
    Super Festival, très bonne communication et événement en live vraiment chouette. Malheureusement, l'horaire été complexe pour moi, mais j'ai vraiment apprécié l'ambiance globale et la communication. A l'année prochaine j'espère !
    Julien Hudym
  • Chris Peloquin
    Great festival, and so much great information shared. The films in the festival were great as well!
    Chris Peloquin
  • Craig Murley
    Wow! What an experience. From the first communication to the event and the final Award ceremony - I found this to be friendly, informative and insightful. A great experience even though I could only attend virtually from Switzerland. Bravo!
    Craig Murley
  • Avian Cyclops
    It was really well organized & professional.  The expo, panel, & films were fantastic!  Loved it.
    Avian Cyclops
  • Devon Foster
    I have found no better place for drone filmmakers to showcase their work.
    Devon Foster
  • Devon Foster
    THANK YOU, AZDroneFest! I just started flying drones and have never won an award for it before. AZ DroneFest has truly helped launch my career as a drone pilot and filmmaker.
    Devon Foster
  • Maria Davis
    Very awesome film festival! I'm looking forward to next year!
    Maria Davis
  • Attila Szamosvári
    Thank you AZDrone Fest for choosing my film and organize this amazing festival! :) See you next year!
    Attila Szamosvári

2021 SCHEDULE

 

VIP TICKETS Track 1

  • Registration

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  • AI-driven Autonomy: Unlocking the Full Potential of Drones

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    Speaker: Marc Flamm, Enterprise Program Manager, Skydio

    Today’s generation of manual drones aren’t living up to the opportunity presented. Skydio is unlocking the full potential of drones.

  • Color Correction 101

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    Presenter: Todd Mowen

    Learn the basics and theory of color correction using tools available in most editing software.

  • The rise of FPV Drones

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    Presenter: Panel

    FPV drones are shaping the production landscape. With new FPV platforms available, creating new stunning visuals is becoming more accessible.

  • Skydio Autonomous Drones: Safer and More Efficient Aerial Capture

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    Speaker: Alex Netto, Product Marketing Manager, Skydio

    The combination of Artificial Intelligence and cutting-edge robotics applied to purpose-built hardware to enable autonomous flight is rapidly reshaping the drone landscape.

  • Cinematography tips - from Amateur to Pro

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    With professional-grade equipment available to any budget, experience and expertise is what separates amateurs from professionals.

  • Red Carpet

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  • Film Screening & Award Ceremony

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VIP TICKETS Track 2

  • Registration

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  • AI-driven Autonomy: Unlocking the Full Potential of Drones

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    Speaker: Marc Flamm, Enterprise Program Manager, Skydio

    Today’s generation of manual drones aren’t living up to the opportunity presented. Skydio is unlocking the full potential of drones.

  • Regulations & Part 107

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    Presenter: Greg Reverdiau

    Drones are fun…. Let's make fun safe Stay up to date on the new FAA regulations and learn the basics of flying legally, including the different regulations for commercial pilots and hobbyist.

  • Enterprise Drones

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    Presenter: Panel

    From first responders to constructions, inspections or even to fight climate change, drones are impacting our everyday lives.

  • Skydio Autonomous Drones: Safer and More Efficient Aerial Capture

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    Speaker: Alex Netto, Product Marketing Manager, Skydio

    The combination of Artificial Intelligence and cutting-edge robotics applied to purpose-built hardware to enable autonomous flight is rapidly reshaping the drone landscape.

  • Top apps that will drone your world

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    What are some of the must-have apps and tools every drone pilot should use

  • Red Carpet

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  • Film Screening & Award Ceremony

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FREE Outdoor Expo

  • Exhibitors Set up

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    Vendor set up time

  • Expo Open

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  • Mini Whoop Race Qualifier

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  • Getting Started with Drones

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    Never too young for your first drone

  • Alta X Demo

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  • DJI FPV Demo

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  • Skydio Demo

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  • DJI Matrice 300 Demo

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  • DJI Mavic Air2 S Demo

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  • Mini Whoop Race Qualifier

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  • DJI FPV Demo

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  • Autel Demo

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  • Alta X Demo

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  • DJI Mavic Air2 S Demo

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  • Skydio Demo

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  • DJI Matrice 300 Demo

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  • Autel Demo

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  • Alta X Demo

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  • Sicarrio Cinelifter Demo

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  • Mini Whoop Race Qualifier

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  • DJI FPV Demo

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  • Skydio Demo

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  • DJI Mavic Air2 S Demo

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  • Autel Demo

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  • DJI Matrice 300 Demo

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  • Mini Whoop Race Final

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  • Exhibitors Breakdown

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CATEGORIES

 
All films must be 5 minutes in length or less and at least 50% must be shot using a drone or UAV (unless otherwise specified).
Films submitted to the "Narrative category" have no length restrictions and can have less than 50% of its shots being aerial shots. Narrative films will be selected based on aerial cinematography only and will be asked to provide a 5 min or less trailer to be used during the screening.
All entries must be through www.filmfreeway.com
Arizona Scenic Landscape

Arizona

Description: Single film or compilation either featuring Arizona, or from an Arizona filmmaker.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50
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Narrative/Documentary

Description: Single film, fiction or non-fiction

Length: unlimited

Entry Fee: $50

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Landscape

Description: Single film or compilation showcasing nature’s beauty

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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Showreel

Description: Single film or compilation of clips showcasing your best work.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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Advertising/News

Description: Single advertising spot/news story or compilation of clips from multiple project or stories.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50
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Still Photography

Description: Single still photo taken with a drone

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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FPV

Description: Single film or compilation of clips using an FPV drone (racing drone)

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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New Pilot

Description: Honorable Mention to celebrate new up-and-coming drone pilot with no more than 1 year of flying and filming experience.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: FREE
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Commercial

Description: Single film or compilation of clips used in construction, inspection or other industrial projects

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $20

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First Responders

Description: Single film or compilation of clips used in any first responders' project (training, inspection...)

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $10

OUR JUDGES

Elena Buenrostro

Women Who Drone


Elena is a Content Producer, Certified Drone pilot, International Speaker, Actress and Founder of Women Who Drone. In addition to educating, hosting, producing and creating video content, Elena enjoys singing Karaoke, watching sunsets, and of course flying her drone.
 

Tom Middleton

Lush Films / BBC


Tom has over 15 years experience working in professional multimedia production. Tom is a talented Cinematographer/Director at SMN Films in the UK, and a drone operator for the BBC. He has lectured in film production for Staffordshire and Worcester Universities.
 

Maxime Pontoire

Emxpi


Maxime is a professional aerial photographer/cinematographer and drone pilot based in France. He has flown in France, the U.S., and French Polynesia, winning multiple regional awards. When he is not flying he shares his expertise on photo processing, flying techniques, and product reviews on his blog.
 

Matthew Price

11 Loud Productions


Matthew has over 20 years’ experience as a cinematographer, camera operator, and drone pilot working for a vast array of world-renowned brands. Based in the San Francisco Bay area and owner of 11Loud Productions, he is a veteran storyteller who brings creativity and technical know-how to a set.
 

JJ Trinidad

Skyecam


JJ Trinidad developed a passion for aerial film making while attaching on-board cameras to a remote controlled aircraft over 15 years ago. Today Skyecam is a top industry-leading Los Angeles Drone Production Company who specialize in aerial cinematography.

2020 WINNERS


Flying Over Switzerland

Director: Danny Mcgee
Country: USA


(Not only) Now it's epic.

Director: Mauro Pagliai
Country: Italy

 

Duality

Director: Craig Murley
Country: Switzerland


Away

Director: Jason Hatfield
Country: USA

 

Arizona Canyoneering

Director: Chris, Jessica Foncannon
Country: USA


Mighty Wings

Director: Chris Peloquin
Country: USA

 

Breathe

Director: Charlie Duncan
Country: USA


Deserted

Director: William Pitts
Country: USA

 

The Moon

Director: Saunders Staley
Country: USA

2020 OFFICIAL GUIDE

2020 FILM SCREENING & AWARD CEREMONY

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eric Legnon

Board Member - Treasurer


Eric is the owner of On Scene Productions, a full service production company in Arizona. As an industry leader who has worked in many different capacities, Eric brings a wide range of experience and expertise.
 

Brandon LeTarte

Board Member


Brandon is an accomplished athlete, and coach. He is currently the women basketball head coach at Sunnyslope High School. Brandon has a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry (managing/recruiting/sales). Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Team Building, Training, and Community Outreach.
 

Theresa Maher

Board Member - Vice President


Theresa is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is currently the Managing Partner of Hire Story, a video production company specialized in recruitment videos. Theresa brings years of experience and dedication to the broadcasting industry.

Corey Schubert

Board Member - Secretary


Corey Schubert works in media communications and public relations, and is a former public affairs editor and journalist. He's also the co-producer and co-writer of several short films.
 

Yasmin Tajik

Board Member


Yasmin is a professional photographer and FAA certified drone pilot based in Arizona. She is also a Brand Ambassador for Women Who Drone. Her goal is to inspire and create change by sharing images that document the basic rights we all deserve living on this planet.
 

Chris Tinard

Board Member - President


Chris Tinard is an award-winning video professional with over 16 years of experience in the field. He has traveled to film clients all over the nation and earned a reputation for excellence in storytelling through film.

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