Drone Focus Film Festival Attracts Entries From More Than 20 Countries

FARGO, N.D. — Hundreds of drone enthusiasts are en route to North Dakota for the 2017 Drone Focus conference held May 31 and June 1 to network, hear from industry speakers and take in a segment of the event that has attracted international attention.

The annual conference’s first drone film festival saw 42 entries from 21 countries, according to organizers.

“Apparently there’s a bigger appetite for film festivals in the drone space than we even imagined,” Greg Tehven, executive director of Emerging Prairie, the nonprofit that sponsors the conference, told the Associated Press.

The winners of the contest, which required filmmakers to create five-minute or less films utilizing drones for at least half of their footage, will be announced Thursday.

A panel of judges representing the drone and cinematography industries will select winner in categories such as narrative, landscape and architecture, showreel, lifestyle and student films. Those attending the conference also will have the chance to vote on a people’s choice award.