New Drone Film Festival

If you’re a budding film-maker with some awesome aerial footage of extreme sports, here’s a chance to get your talents recognised – and make €20,000!

Alps-based online adventure film channel Epic TV are inviting submissions for a new film festival called Rise of the Drones. It’s aim is to unearth the very best in aerial footage of BMXing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, as well as BASE jumping and wingsuit flying films. Drone footage must compromise of 25% of the films length.

Organisers say: “Be a part of one of the first Drone Film Festivals in history and make your mark. We want to see skiing, snowboarding, surfing, wingsuit flying, climbing, BMX and mountain biking like we’ve never seen them before. It’s in your hands.”

Submissions will be accepted at from now until September 30th, when an expert panel will review the clips.

This panel will include Executive Producer at EpicTV Alan Sim, DJI’s Executive Creative Director Sheldon Schwartz and DJI European Marketing Director, Martin Brandenburg, amongst other highly regarded industry figures.

Award categories up for grabs in the Rise of the Drones Film Festival contest include Best Editing, Best Action, Best Continuous Shot and Best Film. The winner of Best Film will receive a DJI Inspire 1 and €4,000 cash from EpicTV. Other prizes include €10,000 of Euros in cash and more goodies from DJI.

The festival will conclude with VIP screenings in London on the 9th of October and in Chamonix on the 10th of October, attended by media and industry experts.

Here are some FAQs from the EpicTV website

Q: Does EpicTV or DJI have exclusive rights to the films?

A: NO, as long as it wasn’t previously part of an existing exclusive deal with either EpicTV or DJI.

Q: My material has already been published, may I submit it?

A: If it’s the exact same video, NO. • If there is a shot within a video and you can re­edit it with unseen footage, then YES. • If it was published with someone else, do you have the rights to your piece, and allowed to have others publish it? YES, as long as you own the rights to the piece, you may submit it. Keep in mind that after submitting to us, we may distribute as per the terms above. If in doubt, make a new edit version! • If parts of the footage used was already published with EpicTV came from an exclusive deal with EpicTV, YES, however, EpicTV maintains exclusive rights in this circumstance based on the original deal. EpicTV does not forfeit its prior rights.

Q: My edit is over 8 minutes, is that okay?

A: NO, please re­edit

Q: My edit is less than a minute, is that okay?

A: YES! Just make sure the drone footage makes up 25% of the film.

Q: Does music really need to be cleared?

A: YES! If you don’t know how to get cleared music, please email us at the email below and we can help.

Q: Will my video automatically be put up on EpicTV?

A: NO, we will have a selection committee that will look at the quality of the content and make the decisions on who will be an “Official Selection.” If your video is selected, we will upload it to our site.

Q: May I share the video once it’s been uploaded?

A: YES! Please do. Don’t forget to hashtag #EpicTV, #RISEoftheDRONES, #DJI, and #IamDJI

Any questions, or issues with uploading, please email:

Katie Downs

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