Inaugural drone event for filmmakers and drone pilots to be held in late May

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The first London Drone Film Festival will be held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, England, on the evening of Monday 23 May 2016. The event will run from 6pm until 11pm and will showcase some of the incredible work that has been shot using the very latest drone technology.

The festival will also provide a networking opportunity for professionals in the film and TV industries – it will give them and drone fans the chance to see some of the best films from around the world that were shot using drones. Part of the event will also give industry insights into the application of drones and the logistical and legal challenges that have to be overcome in order to film with drones. Drone laws vary in different countries, so filmmakers will be made aware of how to navigate the differing laws in order to shoot their projects.

As well as screenings, talks from experts and networking the London Drone Film Festival will be holding an international competition with industry-leading judges including Todd Baxter, Andre Ferreira, Simon French and Christian Kehoe.

The festival is the brainchild of Owen James, a filmmaker and licensed drone pilot, who explained: “We want to inspire people that drones enhance our lives and make them richer by de-coupling us from the ground and making it possible for us to think of the possibilities in 3D space. We want to inspire filmmakers to think about the possibilities of using drones in their productions and how it could benefit them.”

James added: “Drones have enabled [film] producers to add high value shots to their productions that would have been cost prohibitive in the past. But filming with drones is not just for Hollywood – it can be used for industrial inspection, land surveying, disaster relief, the prevention of poaching and crime prevention, as well as rescue and recovery.”

There are still some tickets available for the first-ever London Drone Film Festival – to find out more about the event or to get a ticket please click here.