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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.

2020 OFFICIAL GUIDE

2020 FILM SCREENING & AWARD CEREMONY

 

2020 WINNERS


Arizona Canyoneering

Director: Chris, Jessica Foncannon
Country: USA


(Not only) Now it's epic.

Director: Mauro Pagliai
Country: Italy


Away

Director: Jason Hatfield
Country: USA


Duality

Director: Craig Murley
Country: Switzerland

THE EVENT

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SAVE THE DATE
AZDroneFest and Education Expo
October 22-24, 2020
(virtual)

2 events in one: 

  1. An International Drone Film Festival with films from 13 different countries competing in 8 different categories
  2. An Education Expo with expert speakers, workshops and panels designed to provide you with top educational content

Conferences don’t have to be boring! Join us for the 2020 AZDroneFest & Education Expo on October 22-24, 2020. This all-virtual event is the place for anyone who is passionate about drones and cutting-edge technology. Commercial pilots, drone enthusiasts and aerial cinematographers, register today to learn about and celebrate drones. Three days packed with education and networking will wrap up with screenings of the best drone films of 2020.

Planned activities include:

  • Licensure course
  • Overview of federal rules and regulations
  • Technology demonstrations
  • Networking sessions
  • Workshop on creating high quality shots
  • Discussion on the future of drone flights
  • Camera training
  • Film screenings

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
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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.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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News

Description: Single broadcast News story or compilation of clips from multiple 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

OUR JUDGES

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.
 

Duane Oldham

Buzz Video / 602 Films


Duane is a talented DP with over 15 years of experience working on a wide range of projects from Network news to reality TV shows, and national TV ad campaigns. He is currently co-owner of 602 Films and recognized as one of the top DPs in Arizona.
 

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.
 

Yasmin Tajik

Yasmin Tajik Photography


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.

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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