EpicTV – in association with DJI, market leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone technology – has today announced the launch of the 2nd edition of Film Festival Rise of the Drones, which aims to unearth the very best in aerially shot* adventure, outdoor and action sports from climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, skateboarding, skiing, BMXing and snowboarding films as well as BASE and wingsuit flying videos.
The first ever Rise of the Drones Film Festival was launched in July 2015 and following its success (over 120 entrants from 20 countries, 1 million+ views on videos including 26 different sports), EpicTV and DJI have decided to partner once again to give drone filmmakers the opportunity to shine.
Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday 27th of April at http://www.epictv.com/competition/video/rise-drones-2016 until Sunday the 19th of June, when an expert panel will review the clips. This panel will include Executive Producer at EpicTV Alan Sim, Manager DJI Studios Europe Ferdinand Wolf and DJI European Marketing Director, Martin Brandenburg, amongst other highly regarded industry figures.
Award categories up for grabs in the Rise of the Drones Film Festival contest include Best Editing, Best Action, Best Continuous Shot and Best Film. The winner of Best Film will receive a DJI Inspire 1 Pro and €2,000 cash from EpicTV. Other prizes include over €5,000 of Euros in cash and further prizes from DJI.
The festival will conclude with VIP screenings, dates and locations to be announced at a later stage, to be attended by media and industry experts.
Martin Brandenburg, Marketing Director at DJI Europe said: “We are very pleased to extend our partnership with EpicTV for the 2nd edition of the Rise of the Drones Film Festival. Following the success in 2015, it was an obvious decision for DJI to continue supporting established and new talents in the world of aerial video productions and showcase DJI’s leading products and technology.”
When asked about Rise of the Drones Film Festival – Alan Sim – Executive Producer of EpicTV commented on how excited he was about the 2nd edition of upcoming competition: “We enjoyed great success with the DJI Rise of the Drones Film Festival in 2015 that went way beyond our expectations, so it was a no brainer for EpicTV to carry on with the festival in 2016. Filming technology in our industry is constantly evolving and thanks to drones and particularly DJI leading products, our video quality improve and we manage to capture things that we could have never done before.”
*Drone footage must compromise of 25% of the film’s length.