After a successful debut last fall, the Flying Robot Film Festival brings a second year of aerial awesomeness to San Francisco. 25 nominees in eight categories show the range of video that can be produced with drone-based camera work. Prizes for winners include a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter, with winners selected by a standout judging panel that includes Veronica Belmont, Bre Pettis, and more. (Full disclosure: I am one of the judges as well).

I asked festival founder Eddie Codel about his standout submissions:

A couple that I really like are “An Aerial Perspective of Nordland” by Australians Michael Fletcher & Alan Mathieson.

… and a Greek short titled “Marinière” by Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias.

You can find more information on the festival on their website. If you’re in the San Francisco area tonight, tickets are available to watch it in person.

The event will be followed by a workshop this Saturday in San Francisco, touching on the following areas:

  • Aerial Photography Basics
  • Aerial Cinematography Tips & Tricks
  • Photogrammetry & 3D Mapping
  • 360 & Panoramic Aerial Photography
  • Color Grading
  • FPV (First Person View) Systems
  • Live Streaming
  • Drone Building
  • FAA Part 107 Certification