The Flying Robot international Drone Film Festival — also known as FRiFF — came to San Francisco this week for its third year in a row, and the winning films just keep getting better.
The film festival played at the Roxie Theater in the city’s Mission District, showing 25 films across eight categories.
This year’s videos are seriously brilliant. With the best in show winner, 2D run, I can’t tell which is more impressive — the drone filming or the athletes featured.
And the competition was fierce. Drone Cake baking was absolutely adorable — and clever — but came in as the runner up to 2D run in the WTFLOL category.
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Here’s the winners list, as well as a link to watch the winning film in each category.
Best in Show + Audience Choice
+ 2D RUN – Mixed Motion Project, Ilko Iliev [Bulgaria]
+ Best Of: Ottsjö by Air and Timelapse, Marcus Möller [Sweden]
+ Runner Up: Bulgaria: East to West, Brian Leitten [USA]
+ Best Of: Last Chance, Bapu Madhu [USA]
+ Runner Up: Home: The Philippines From a New Perspective, Christer Isulat [Panama]
Drones For Good
+ Best Of: The Zanzibar Mapping Initiative, Chris Morgan [Tanzania]
+ Runner Up: Buffalo Bayou Rising, Martin Lisius [USA]
FPV Racing & Freestyle
+ Best Of: Flight of the Year, Paul Nurkkala [USA]
+ Runner Up: Cross-Training, Jacob Yubeta [USA]
+ Best Of: Mendocino Abalone Trip, Kyle Stangrover [USA]
+ Runner Up: Drones: Take Flight, Seth Dacio [USA]
+ Best Of: Our Story, Kostas Petsas [Greece]
+ Runner Up: Drobots Company STEM Programs, Robert Elwood [USA]
+ Best Of: 2D RUN – Mixed Motion Project, Ilko Iliev [Bulgaria]
+ Runner Up: Drone Cake Baking, Lucas Zanotto [Norway]
Want to see even more amazing drone films? Here are the winners from the 2016 FRiFF drone film festival.
And want to enter into a drone video contest for yourself? If you can’t wait for next year’s FRiFF drone film festival, the AirVuz drone video contest is currently accepting submissions.