FRiFF Awards at the Roxie
About the Festival

What Is FRiFF?

The Flying Robot international Film Festival, now in our 3rd year, is the world's premiere international competitive short film festival focused on drone culture and aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones.

The FRiFF2017 program is comprised of 25 short drone films representing a dozen countries across these 7 genre categories.

  • Cinematic Narrative
  • Epic Landscape
  • Drones for Good
  • FPV Racing & Freestyle
  • WTF LOL
  • Promotional
  • Student Film

Best Of and Runner Up selections were awarded for each category, as determined by the FRiFF Jury. Best of Show and Audience Choice selections were also awarded. You can find the complete list of winners here.

The FRiFF2017 program was screened at the 2017 premiere in San Francisco on November 16th at the Roxie Theater.

The 2017 FRiFF Jury hails from the worlds of aerial cinema, FPV drone racing, feature filmmaking, robotics, artificial intelligence, manufacturing and media. They will critically assess this year's submitted films.

Read what Intel, WIRED, CNBC, Variety, FastCompany, Make: and From Where I Drone had to say about Flying Robot.

FRiFF was founded by Eddie Codel, a San Francisco based live video producer, aerial filmmaker and drone nerd.

WINNERS

2017 Award Winning Films

The third annual Flying Robot international Film Festival world premiere took place November 16, 2017 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. 25 films from a dozen countries were selected for inclusion and nominated for awards in each of 7 categories.

This is the complete list of award winning films as chosen by the FRiFF jury.



Best in Show + Audience Choice

2D RUN - Mixed Motion Project, Ilko Iliev [Bulgaria]

Epic Landscape

Ottsjö by Air and Timelapse, Marcus Möller [Sweden]

Runner Up: Bulgaria: East to West, Brian Leitten [USA]

Cinematic Narrative

Last Chance, Bapu Madhu [USA]

Runner Up: Home: The Philippines From a New Perspective, Christer Isulat [Panama]

Drones For Good

The Zanzibar Mapping Initiative, Chris Morgan [Tanzania]

Runner Up: Buffalo Bayou Rising, Martin Lisius [USA]

FPV Racing & Freestyle

Flight of the Year, Paul Nurkkala [USA]

Runner Up: Cross-Training, Jacob Yubeta [USA]

Student Film

Mendocino Abalone Trip, Kyle Stangrover [USA]

Runner Up: Drones: Take Flight, Seth Dacio [USA]

Promotional

Our Story, Kostas Petsas & Aris Nikolaidis of Arte Cinematica [Greece]

Runner Up: Drobots Company STEM Programs, Robert Elwood [USA]

WTF LOL

2D RUN - Mixed Motion Project, Ilko Iliev [Bulgaria]

Runner Up: Drone Cake Baking, Lucas Zanotto [Norway]

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Nominees

2017 Official Selections

Cinematic Narrative
Home: The Philippines From a New Perspective, Christer Isulat [Panama]
Purple Heirloom, Kostas Gur [Greece]
Last Chance, Bapu Madhu [USA]

Epic Landscape
Ottsjö by air and timelapse, Marcus Möller [Sweden]
The Dream of Life, Luã Souza Araujo [Spain]
Remember Who You Are, Matthew Johnson [USA]
Norway's Lofoten Islands, Ian Montgomery [USA]
Low Earth Orbit, Yiannis Biliris [HK China]
Bulgaria: East to West, Brian J. Leitten [USA]

Drones For Good
The Zanzibar Mapping Initiative, Chris Morgan [Tanzania]
Buffalo Bayou Rising - Aerials (Hurricane Harvey Flooding), Martin Lisius [USA]
Dear Morton County Commissioners and Sheriff, Myron Dewey [USA]

FPV Racing & Freestyle
Flight of the Year, Paul Nurkkala [USA]
Cross-Training, Jacob Yubeta [USA]
The Best Freestyle FPV Video Ever, Neil Smith [Australia]
Drone Racing meets Mad Max, Paul Nurkkala [USA]

WTF LOL
Mixed Motion Project, Ilko Iliev [Bulgaria]
Surf the Line, Arnaud Hiltzer [France]
DRONEKAKEBAKING, Lucas Zanotto [Norway]
USPS Postman Delivers Mail Santa Rosa, Douglas Thron [USA]
Night Chase, Hadrien Picard [France]

Student Film
Mendocino Abalone Trip, Kyle Stangrover [USA]
Drones: Take Flight, Seth Dacio [USA]

Promotional
Our Story, Kostas Petsas and Aris Nikolaidis of Arte Cinematica [Greece]
Drobots Company STEM Programs, Robert Elwood [USA]

Judges

FRiFF Jury

The Flying Robot jury will critically assess your creative submissions. Qualities that judges look for include: a good story, composition, visually epic footage, uniqueness and a sense of whimsy.

Judges will make final selections for the 2017 program after the close of the submissions period. Filmmakers will be notified shortly thereafter.
Matt Barkin
Matt Barkin
Avery Bazan
Avery Bazan
DJI
Veronica Belmont
Veronica Belmont
Natalie Cheng
Natalie Cheng
Marque Cornblatt
Marque Cornblatt
Amy Critchett
Amy Critchett
Terrence Williams
Terrence Jerod
Haley Jude
Haley K. Jude
Simone Jude
Simone Jude
Ryan Junell
Ryan Junell
Rhianna Lakin
Rhianna Lakin
Beto Lopez
Beto Lopez
Karen Marcelo
Karen Marcelo
Glenn McKenna
Glenn McKenna
Bre Pettis
Bre Pettis
Edie Sellers
Edie Sellers
Mike Senese
Mike Senese
Star Simpson
Star Simpson
Zoe Stumbaugh
Zoe Stumbaugh
Noel Von Joo
Noel Von Joo
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