EM International Drone Film Festival 2019

The Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival, Saturday, April 27, 2019, is a film competition offering a unique overview of the development in trends and techniques of drone cinematography. Now in our second year, our film festival will offer an international platform for filmmakers to exhibit their work as well as compete for an anticipated $2500 in cash prizes. Screenings of winning entries and shortlisted films will take place inside the amazing dome of the Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater & Planetarium.

Click here to see the winning entries from the 2018 Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival.

Get involved in 2019 as we showcase the best that aerial cinematography has to offer at our day-long event that features two separate screenings of the official selection as picked by our judges, a drone regulations workshop, a how to get started in drone videography workshop, a drone demonstration and giveaways!

Click here to submit an entry https://filmfreeway.com/EvansvilleDroneFilmFestival. Submitted films may be up to 5-minutes in length. Applications close March 22, 2019.

Our Grand Prize Awards

Best of Show Award

Best Tri-State Film Award (Indiana, Kentucky & Illinois)

Best Student Entry Award

People’s Choice Award

Our Category Awards

Land, Sky, Water, Air (Landscapes, Nature, Urban)

Extreme Video (Drone Racing, Sports, Fast-Paced Videos)

Open Category (Films that Do Not Fit in Other Categories)


Festival Schedule

11:00-12:30 PM Public Viewing of Official Selections

1:00-2:00 PM Workshops

2:00-3:30 PM Public Viewing of Official Selections (a repeat of 11:00-12:30 pm)

4:00 PM Presentation of Category Winners, Best of Show, Tri-State, Student & People’s Choice Awards

Ticket Pricing

Drone Film Festival Admission will be $20 (includes optional workshops & Museum admission)

Other Information

Jury Panel– Selects our official selections and chooses grand prize & category winners

  • Roger McBain – former arts editor for the Evansville Courier & Press
  • Joe Atkinson – digital multi-media specialist in residence at the University of Evansville
  • One Additional Judge TBA


Click here for  EMIDFF Rules


All entries must be submitted through the Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival (EMIDFF) festival page on FilmFreeway.com specifically via this url: https://FilmFreeway.com/festival/EvansvilleDroneFilmFestival. All short film submissions must be done through direct upload to FilmFreeway.

Film Submissions – To be considered for the EMIDFF your content must meet all the specifications and requirements relating to film categories and submission. Your film does not need to exclusively contain aerial footage, but must incorporate at least 50% Drone footage.  You agree you will not submit any content that is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, discriminatory or abusive.

Film Selection – Films are reviewed during the application period. You  will be notified via FilmFreeway by no later than April 8, 2019 if your film has been selected.

Jury Panel – A panel of three judges will make the the official selections and category winners.

Screening – Official Selection Films successful, will be screened at an all-day event on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Evansville, Indiana (USA) in the Koch Immersive Theater at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.

Official Selections – A total of five films will comprise the official selections of the EMIFF for each category and will be announced to the public at two film festival screenings on Saturday, April 27 2019. Film makers who submit a film chosen as an official selection of the Festival will receive free admission to EMIDFF You will be contacted if your film is an official selection by the April 8, 2019.

Drone Film Festival Categories-Short Film (Using a Drone to tell a Story), Land, Sky, Water, Air (Landscapes, Nature, Urban), Extreme Video (Drone Racing, Sports, Fast-Paced Videos), Open Category (Films that Do Not Fit in Other Categories)

Discretionary Awards-Best of Show, Best Tri-State Film (films submitted from Indiana, Kentucky & Illinois), Best Student Entry (entries by students), People’s Choice Award (picked during event).

Notification Date: You will be notified if your entry was accepted as an official selection in our festival by the notification date of Monday, April 8, 2019. Entry in our festival does not constitute automatically being an official selection.

Winning Films – One winning film in each category, plus up to four discretionary awards will be announced to the public at two film festival screenings on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Winners receive free admission to EMIDFF, Prizes will be delivered to film makers post film festival in U.S. Dollars by PayPal or by check payable to a U.S. bank and delivered to U.S. addresses by the United States Postal Service. If you are not in the U.S., you agree to accept payment by the PayPal service. You will be contacted if your film is winning entry by the Notification Date .

Student Films- Entries eligible for our Best Student Award must be submitted by a student of an accredited educational institution. The name of the educational institution must be entered with the film submission.

Subtitles – Are welcome, but not required, expect in the case of non-English speaking films, which must include English subtitles.

By entering your film into the Evansville Museum International Drone Film Festival EMIDFF you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property contained within your film and that you have cleared all contents of the film with the respective copyright holders prior to submission to the festival. By entering your work into this festival this constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the EMIDFF. We reserve the right to use segments of your submitted film for promotional purposes only, including but not limited to broadcast on TV or the internet. You agree that the EMIDFF may use your publicity stills prior to the festival for marketing, promotional activities and publicity purposes. We may also screen your film for judging, media review purposes or for exhibition, launch, after parties, partner events in association with We will always contact you (or a nominated filmmaker) to inform you of this prior to use.

Consent of parent or guardian must be obtained where a minor may be a participant in the film festival or competition. If the winner of a prize is under the age of 18 years, the prize will be awarded to the winner’s nominated parents or guardian.

The Filmmaker grants EMIDFF the non¬exclusive right to exhibit the film at the EMIDFF. Additionally, Filmmaker grants EMIDFF the right to exhibit the Film up to ten times at EMIDFF branded events for a period of one year. You authorize EMIDFF to display your film on the EMIDFF website and give express permission to the festival to screen your film publicly at without monetary compensation.

EMIDFF does not claim any ownership rights to the content and films, the intellectual property and proprietary rights existing anywhere in the world and EMIDFF acquire no ownership, proprietary or other rights to your work and or film.

By submitting your film, it does not guarantee acceptance and selection of the work into the EMIDFF. You agree that you are aware that all films received will be reviewed by jury and judged, and that some films may not be selected for cinema screening as official selection of EMIDFF. You accept this risk.

This agreement is made in the state of Indiana, The United States of America and is governed by its laws.