If the words “Flying Robots” and “Film Festival” engender dreams of Iron Giants flittering around Aspen in stylish ski fashions — then you have awesome dreams. But the Flying Robot Film Festival is even more awesome. So, think fast and fly faster because the deadline for final submission to the fest is Thursday, Oct. 15.
Billed as “an open competitive drone film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of flying camera robots (drones),” the festival will begin screening on Nov. 19 at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater. It is the first of its kind for the West Coast; however, the pioneer for such an event goes to the New York City Drone Film Festival which debuted this past winter.
Bay Area video producer and aerial filmmaker Eddie Codel launched the Left Coast festival and says that the event is all about passion for him.
“What got me excited about drones was seeing the footage from them, getting that bird’s eye view that wasn’t previously possible,” Codel said in a recent interview. “In the early drone days you had to piece everything together yourself. It was much more of a hacker mentality; now you can get off-the-shelf autonomous drones. But you can also build one of your own. What you do with them is the incredible thing.”
Categories will include Cinematic, Drones for Good, Aerial Sports, LOL WTF, I Made That! and Student Films. A “best of show” winner will also be chosen. To help encourage a wide diversity of entrants, Codel is keeping entry fees at a low altitude – just $10 or free for student.
Judges will be drawn from across the gamut of drone and videography experts including Veronica Belmont, host of Engadget’s Dear Veronica; Mike Senese from Make: Magazine and Terrence Williams from AerialSkyLab and 3DR.
Codel seems most excited about the “Drones for Good,” category, which is described as capturing the essence of “numerous stories of drones being used for the betterment of humanity — search and rescue, anti-poaching efforts, fire-fighting assistance, medical aid and food deployments to war zones are just some examples. “
“These stories of good don’t get much attention,” Codel said in a Wired interview. “So many people just assume the worst. With Drones for Good, I hope to offer another narrative as to why we should carefully consider drones as lawmakers start banning them everywhere.”