AZDroneFest is a film festival and family event designed to celebrate, promote and cultivate the art of aerial cinematography in Arizona.  The film festival is dedicated to recognizing the best in aerial cinematography in multiple categories.  Attached to the film festival is a family event with FPV drone racing, drone demonstrations, vendors, industry panel discussions, and entertainment for families and drone enthusiasts to attend.  AZDroneFest is owned and organized by USDroneFest, Inc.


Arizona Scenic Landscape


Description: Single film or compilation either featuring Arizona, or from an Arizona filmmaker.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50
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Description: Single film, fiction or non-fiction

Length: 15 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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Description: Single film or compilation showcasing nature’s beauty

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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Description: Single film or compilation of clips.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50

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Description: Single broadcast News story or compilation of clips from multiple stories

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50
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Still Photography

Description: Single still photo taken with a drone

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50



Description: Single film or compilation of clips using an FPV drone (racing drone)

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: $50


New Pilot

Description: Honorable Mention to celebrate new up-and-coming drone pilot with no more than 1 year of flying experience.

Length: 5 min or less

Entry Fee: FREE


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AZDroneFest is 2 events in one: 
  1. Our Drone Expo is free to for the public to learn and experience different drones through demonstrations and hands-on activities.  The Drone Expo features vendors and exhibitors from a variety of sectors in the drone industry. 
  2. The film festival will showcase some of the best films from around the world competing in different categories.  Expert panel discussions will show the many uses of drones in different industries.  The day will end with our red carpet, film screening, and award ceremony with awards to the best film in each category.  


2:00pm - 5:00pm
Theatre Lawn


Our FREE Family event is open to everyone.  Discover and experience new technology,
learn from our industry vendors.

See how drones are being used in different industries, like
Search & Rescue, DPS, Movie production...

Drone Demo
FPV Drones
Hands on experiences
Industry vendors


2:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Theatre

VIP Ticket Required

AZDroneFest is an International Film Festival,
come and watch all the talented nominated films from around the world.

Learn from industry experts
Our VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Experts Panel Discussions
Film Screening
Red Carpet Networking
Award Ceremony
  • Avian Cyclops
    It was really well organized & professional.  The expo, panel, & films were fantastic!  Loved it.
    Avian Cyclops
  • Devon Foster
    I have found no better place for drone filmmakers to showcase their work.
    Devon Foster
  • Devon Foster
    THANK YOU, AZDroneFest! I just started flying drones and have never won an award for it before. AZ DroneFest has truly helped launch my career as a drone pilot and filmmaker.
    Devon Foster
  • Maria Davis
    Very awesome film festival! I'm looking forward to next year!
    Maria Davis
  • Attila Szamosvári
    Thank you AZDrone Fest for choosing my film and organize this amazing festival! :) See you next year!
    Attila Szamosvári

2019 AZDroneFest


Tom Middleton

SMN Films / BBC

Tom has over 15 years experience working in professional multimedia production. Tom is a talented Cinematographer/Director at SMN Films in the UK, and a drone operator for the BBC. He has lectured in film production for Staffordshire and Worcester Universities.

Duane Oldham

Buzz Video / 602 Films

Duane is a talented DP with over 15 years of experience working on a wide range of projects from Network news to reality TV shows, and national TV ad campaigns. He is currently co-owner of 602 Films and recognized as one of the top DPs in Arizona.

Maxime Pontoire


Maxime is a professional aerial photographer/cinematographer and drone pilot based in France. He has flown in France, the U.S., and French Polynesia, winning multiple regional awards. When he is not flying he shares his expertise on photo processing, flying techniques, and product reviews on his blog.

Matthew Price

11 Loud Productions

Matthew has over 20 years’ experience as a cinematographer, camera operator, and drone pilot working for a vast array of world-renowned brands. Based in the San Francisco Bay area and owner of 11Loud Productions, he is a veteran storyteller who brings creativity and technical know-how to a set.

Yasmin Tajik

Yasmin Tajik Photography

Yasmin is a professional photographer and FAA certified drone pilot based in Arizona.  She is also a Brand Ambassador for Women Who Drone.  Her goal is to inspire and create change by sharing images that document the basic rights we all deserve living on this planet.




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