First Arizona Drone Film Festival, AZDroneFest, Announced for October 2019

Announcing AZDroneFest’s First Arizona Drone Film Festival and Family Event to Celebrate and Promote the Art of Aerial Cinematography in the State

AZDroneFest has announced the first-ever Arizona drone film festival and family event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 on the Grand Canyon University campus. The Drone Expo and Family Fun event from 2pm-5pm is free with a boxed toy donation for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy FPV drone racing, a flight demonstration cage for hands-on drone flying, search and rescue simulations, freestyle FPV competition and more. The film screening for nominated films will show from 5pm-7:30pm and will require a ticket for entry.

Drone enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their short aerial films to one of nearly a dozen categories: Arizona, Narrative/Documentary, Real Estate, News, Landscape and more. The film festival recognizes the best in aerial cinematography and selections from each category will be shown during the official Film Screening on October 26th.  The complete list of categories, submission rules, and deadlines for entries can be found at

The goal of AzDroneFest is to celebrate, promote and cultivate the art of aerial cinematography in Arizona. “We saw a great opportunity to promote our love of flying drones and aerial cinematography by creating the first Drone Film Festival in Arizona,” explains Chris Tinard, Director of AzDroneFest. “We wanted to not only showcase the best in aerial cinematography but also create a family-friendly environment where kids and adults alike could experience flying drones, and see how drones are being used in different aspects of everyday life with demonstrations from different agencies like first responders. With partners like DJI Arizona and Grand Canyon University, we are excited to celebrate local and worldwide talent in aerial cinematography and to hopefully inspire the next generation of drone pilots.”

AzDroneFest is presented by Flying with Cameras drone workshops in cooperation with DJI Arizona/ Innovative UAS and hosted on the Grand Canyon University campus in Phoenix. For more information, visit or contact Chris Tinard, AZDroneFest Director by email:

AzDroneFest was established as the first drone film festival in Arizona. AZDroneFest aims to celebrate, promote, and cultivate the art of aerial cinematography, as well as educate and inspire the next generation of drone enthusiasts.

Chris Tinard

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