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Flying Robot Film Festival Celebrates Cinematic Drone Footage

A new film festival in San Francisco is all about the eye in the sky: The Flying Robot international Film Festival, which is scheduled to happen in November, is looking to find the best short films shot with drone-mounted cameras.

The festival is asking filmmakers to submit their entries by October 15. A jury including internet personality Veronica Belmont and Makerbot co-founder Bre Pettis will then select winning submissions in a number of categories, including “cinematic,” “student films” and “drones for good.”

Including the latter was important to Eddie Codel, founder of the Flying Robot international Film Festival. ” I wanted to highlight the many good things people are doing with drones,” he said. “Beautiful aerial cinematography is of course one very compelling aspect.”

But ingenuity and social responsibility were just as important, he argued: “Drones are also being used in ways that help humanity such as search and rescue operations, anti-poaching efforts of endangered wildlife, as well as food and medical airdrops to civilians in war zones.”

Codel himself has been a drone enthusiast for some time; one of his more popular videos depicts Burning Man from above.

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