HomeBehold, The Rise Of The Drone Film Festival

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It seems like just about everyone in San Francisco has had a drone for a few years now, including this guy who proposed to his future-fiancee in Alamo Square.

And now, San Francisco is getting its first-ever drone film festival.

The Flying Robot international Film Festival is accepting submissions through Sept. 15 of short films less than five-minutes long, where aerial footage is central to the narrative.

“I had the idea for a drone film festival after witnessing the rise of so much epic aerial filmmaking over the past few years,” the festival’s creator, Eddie Codel, wrote on his website.

“Now that consumer camera drones are readily available and fairly inexpensive, we’re seeing a huge uptick in aerial cinema on YouTube and Vimeo. I want to highlight the best stuff out there and really encourage filmmakers to take it to the next level.”

Categories include “Cinematic,” “Aerial Sports,” “Drones for Good,” and “Student Film.” The winning films will be screened on Nov. 19 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

Drone film festivals are becoming more of a trend world-wide as more consumers get their hands on drones. Goldman Sachs estimates the drone market is worth $1.4 billion in 2015 and forecasts it to more than triple by 2017.

The first-ever New York City Drone Film Festival was held in March 2015, selling out in five days and receiving more than 150 film submissions from 10 countries. International Drone Conference InterDrone is also hosting its own InterDrone Film Festival this September in Las Vegas. (Full disclosure: the author of this story is speaking on a panel at InterDrone.)

Drones are already widely used in Hollywood.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) spent $4.11 million on lobbyingbetween 2012 and 2013, with one of its major focuses on allowing drone use for filmmaking. Footage from a drone has been used in films including “The Hunger Games,” “Skyfall” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”