2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Winners

2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Winners

This was my second year in a row going to the New York City Drone Film Festival and I have to say that I have yet to be disappointed. Year after year, they manage to find some of the best videos from a variety of different categories to share with the world. Without further ado, here are the winners from the NYCDFF:

Extreme Sports: Candide Thovex Quattro 2 - Candice Thovex - Instagram / YouTube

News & Documentary: The Big Ugly - Maquina Voadora - WebsiteYouTubeVimeo 

Landscape/Architecture: Ottsjo by Air and Timelapse - Marcus Moller - WebsiteVimeo

Narrative: Donny the Drone - Mackenzie Sheppard - Website / Vimeo / Instagram


Freestyle FPV: Muscle Up - Robert Mcintosh - Vimeo

Dronie: The Last Drone - Chris Castor - Website / Instagram / YouTube

Featuring Drones: Boston Rising - Colin Burgess - Website / Vimeo

Stills: Football Island - Brent DeBleser - Website / Vimeo

(Photo Source: https://www.airvuz.com/photo/Football-Island?id=59708f79412daf1c6684f4d6)

Highlight Reel: V8 Showreel - AirV8 - Website / Vimeo

X-Factor: Kingdom of the Wild - Mike Bishop - Website / Instagram / Vimeo

My Submission: (Didn't make it this year)


There were a lot of fantastic submissions this year. I even submitted my Oregon video from last fall, but that did not make it into the festival. It goes to show that the competition is tough, the work is good, and the amount of talent at this festival is truly amazing. I personally think that all of this work will inspire a lot of people to get out there and create more. I know for sure that it has inspired me to create better drone work and day after day, I work towards doing that. If you haven't seen all the films, I will include a link for you to check them out. If you haven't been to a drone film festival, I would also recommend getting out to one to see great drone work, meet new people and stay in touch with the rise of all this incredible technology.

For more on the NYCDFF, check out their site. To see some of the other films that made it, click on "Winners" and scroll down.

I am a huge nerd when it comes to drones and have been flying for over 4 years. I enjoy doing aerial photography as my personal work but shoot tons of video for work as well. I am a part of Simply Visual Productions and Simply Sounds, working my way into an industry I couldn't be happier to be a part of.

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Damn! All I had time for was Donny the Drone, and it was awesome! Can't wait to watch them all.