DroneUp IFF is dedicated to showing

the world’s most awe-inspiring films shot by drones




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We are constantly looking for the next drone film creation.

DroneUp is the film festival for enthusiasts and professionals alike. We crave to see what new heights you can bring to drone cinematography. We wish to unite the drone community through art, creativity, and innovation.We encourage our audiences and filmmakers to engage and exchange knowledge, passions, and ideas.

Become a part of the second edition of DroneUp International Film Festival and join filmmakers from all over the world. The best rated films will be screened in front of a multinational live audience, including filmmakers, directors and guests, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

DroneUp presents a unique chance for us to witness unseen corners of the world, exiting shots and awe-inspiring emotions.

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About the festival

The second edition of the festival will take place in the ancient city of Plovdiv in Bulgaria on August 25th – 26th 2017. Plovdiv is named to be the European Capital of Culture in 2019!

The hosting venue for the two-day event and also our guests is the ancient Roman Stadium. Located at the heart of the city, the stadium is among the largest structures from the time of Ancient Rome on the Balkan peninsula.

In 2017 the DroneUp International Film Festival promises to go above and beyond after the great success of its first edition. More drone demos, lively discussions and workshops throughout the day to create a platform for creativity and connections are only a few things we’ve planned for you.


Excite us by submitting your unique drone film in one of the following categories.


As humans we are connected to our surroundings and this breathtaking planet. We are looking to be blown away by your view of the world from up in the air.


Cities are alive and constantly shifting. They can be noisy, a constant light show or simply quiet. We want to see your urban dream or nightmare coming to life.


Adrenaline and drones go hand in hand. Can you feel the rush through your films? Thrill us!


We all want to be on a constant vacation. Take us with you on your adventures!


Tell us a story through drone cinematography!


As the host of DroneUp, we love its culture, history and nature. Show us what makes it special to you!

The Jury

Steven Flynn (Ireland)

Steven is an Emmy Award winning Filmmaker, Producer, Director, Director of Photography and Editor. With a background in electronics and photography, and a lifelong passion in aviation he became one of the world’s first licensed civilian drone pilots in 2012 when he began flying commercially in Ireland. With experience in media, drones and database development he founded Skytango in 2015 with his partner Susan Talbot.

James Doherty (Ireland)

James is a Dublin & London based director interested in telling creative stories, in particular emotive stories of those on the fringes of society. James’ short film Breathe won awards internationally and was showcased by the BFI and British Council around the world and made its mark on the film festival circuit worldwide. Currently developing a punk IRA film set in 80s Camden. Commercially represented in Ireland by Piranha Bar.

Eibh Collins (Ireland)

Eibh is an Irish short film programmer and film festival manager, she currently works for festivals in Ireland, for such as IndieCork and is the manager and shorts programmer for festivals including Irish Screen America and Irish Film London. While curating and coordinating short film programmes for The Galway Fleadh  she also in heavily involved in a variety of festivals in LA, Miami, Moscow, New York, London, Malta, Canada and Luxembourg.

Gencho Petkov (Bulgaria)

Gencho Petkov has been dealing with photography since 1975, professionally since 1985, when he became artist-photographer. He specialized in Germany in 1987, while since 1989 he has been chosen as an Artist for the World Federation for photographic art (AFIAP). His works have been exhibited in 25 countries, among which Denmark, China and the Republic of San Marino.This year he has been awarded Photographer of the year 2016 by VOUBS.

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August 25 - 27th 2017
Roman Stadium
Plovdiv, Bulgaria