FRiFF at the Roxie Theater
About the Festival

What Is FRiFF?

The world premiere of the second annual 2016 Flying Robot international Film Festival took place November 17, 2016 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

The Flying Robot international Film Festival is the world's premier open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones.

Submissions for 2016 closed on October 1st. Festival participation is open to anyone around the globe with an Internet connection. Entry fees are low. $10,000 in cash and prizes, including a DJI Inspire 1, DJI Phantom 3, Vantage Robotics Snap and Hover Camera Passport are awarded to filmmakers of winning selections. Submissions must be 5 minutes or less total runtime.

This year, FRiFF attracted 180 submissions spanning 40 countries across 8 categories. 25 final selections, as determined by the FRiFF jury, were screened on November 19th, 2016 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

Our panel of esteemed judges from the worlds of aerial cinema, feature filmmaking, robotics, artificial intelligence, media, and drone sports will critically assess this year's submitted films across eight categories: Cinematic Narrative, Epic Landscape, Drones for Good, FPV/Aerial Sports, WTF LOL, Promotional, I Made That! and Student Films. Best of Show and People's Choice awards will also be chosen.

Final selected films were screened November 17, 2016 in San Francisco. A short awards ceremony followed announcing winners in each of the 8 categories, as well as "Best of Show" winner. The "Audience Choice" award was voted for on Twitter and announced the next day.

Read what WIRED, CNBC, Variety, FastCompany and Make: had to say about our inaugural festival.

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

WINNERS

2016 Award Winning Films

The second annual Flying Robot international Film Festival world premiere took place November 17, 2016 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. FRiFF 2016 received 180 submissions representing 40 countries across 8 categories. 25 were selected for inclusion and nominated for awards in each of 8 categories.

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



Best in Show

Moon Line, Frédéric Rousseau [France]

Cinematic Narrative

The Drone, Jordan Rubin [USA]

Epic Landscape

Drone Poem: Always Take The Window Seat, Alexander Hotz [USA]

Drones For Good

Zipline in Rwanda, Jimmy Collins [UK]

WTF LOL

Moon Line, Frédéric Rousseau [France]

Student Film

This is Chapman, Kevin Wolf [USA]

FPV / Aerial Sports

The First Racing Drone In Chernobyl, Steele Davis [USA]

I Made That!

Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme, Kurtis Sensenig

Promotional

Digitized 2016 - Opening Titles, Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias [Greece]

Audience Choice

Drone Poem: Always Take The Window Seat, Alexander Hotz [USA]

FRiFF 2016 Official SelectionsFRiFF 2016 Official Selections
Nominees

2016 Official Selections

Cinematic Narrative
Darkhad Valley, Jeff Colhoun [USA]
Drona, Chafic Saad [USA]
The Drone, Jordan Rubin [USA]

Epic Landscape
An Aerial Perspective of Nordland, Michael Fletcher & Alan Mathieson [Australia]
Drone Poem: Always Take The Window Seat, Alexander Hotz [USA]
Into The West, Mike Bishop [Canada]
Midnight Sun, Christian Linares [USA]
Vietnam from Above, Max Seigal [USA]

Drones For Good
Help Us Give Elephants and Rhinos Wings, Michael Parfit [USA]
Zipline in Rwanda, Jimmy Collins [USA]

FPV/Aerial Sports
ascent, Jonas Kunze [Germany]
The First Racing Drone In Chernobyl, Steele Davis [USA]

WTF LOL
Byzantine, Joris Favraud [France]
Drone Blender, Billy May & Damien Gallagher [United Kingdom]
Marinière, Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias [Greece]
Moon Line, Frédéric Rousseau [France]

I Made That!
Mario Copter, Michael Niedermayr [Austria]
Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme, Kurtis Sensenig [USA]

Student Film
Spectacular Norway, Simen Haughom [Norway]
The Making of Expedition Alaska, Brian Leitten [USA]
This is Chapman, Kevin Wolf [USA]

Promotional
Digitized 2016 - Opening Titles, Athanasia Lykoudi & Nestoras Kechagias [Greece]
Drone100, Sergio Abuja [USA]
San Francisco Drone Rescue, Chris Lindland, Robbie Wiedie & Tyler MacNiven [USA]
This is Tilt, Daniell Ashby [Norway]

Judges

Esteemed Judges

The FRiFF jury will critically assess your creative submissions. Qualities that judges look for include: a good story, visually epic footage, uniqueness and a sense of whimsy. Judges will make final selections after the close of the submissions period.
Veronica Belmont
Veronica Belmont
Natalie Cheng
Natalie Cheng
Marque Cornblatt
Marque Cornblatt
Amy Critchett
Amy Critchett
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
Ryan Tong
Ryan Tong
DJI
Noel Von Joo
Noel Von Joo
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FRiFF at the Roxie Theater
Screenings

Festival Screenings

The world premiere of the second annual Flying Robot international Film Festival took place November 17, 2016 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

A short awards ceremony recognizing winning selections took place immediately following the screening, hosted by the Internet's own Justin Hall.

November 17, 2016, 7pm
Roxie Theater, San Francisco

International screening dates to follow. Australian screenings produced under exclusive license through Sunset Cine.

Aerial Imagery Day
Workshops

Aerial Imagery Day

On November 19th, the first ever Flying Robot Aerial Imagery Day was held, part of the 2016 Flying Robot international Film Festival. The day was chock-full of presentations, demos and workshops focused on various aspects of drone-based aerial imagery.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Kevin Wolf, FRiFF16 Winner - "How to fly a camera, not a drone"
  • Marque Cornblatt, Aerial Sports League - "Drone Racing, Addiction and Flow State"
  • George Krieger, Sphericam -"Cinematic 360 camera Technology with Sphericam 2"
  • Greg Hysen, HiveMapper - "Building a map of the earth from drone videos"
  • Stan Khlevner, DroneVX - "Planning For & Creating Awesome Aerial Panoramas with Photoshop"
  • Eddie Codel, FRiFF - "Live streaming with DJI drones"
  • Alexander Hotz, FRiFF16 Winner - "Challenges of flying camera drones in unfriendly places"
  • Avery Bazan, DJI - "Motion in Aerial Cinematography"

FRiFF Aerial Imagery Day
November 19, 2016, 11am-7pm
Monument, San Francisco

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