Drones aren’t just for drunk-flying onto the White House lawn. They’re also for getting killer shots of NYC during the snow (Gothamist unearthed the one above) and as the organizer of the first annual New York City Drone Film Festival told us recently, they make for some seriously jaw-dropping cinema. The film fest has now unleashed the list of shorts that will be in competition March 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The fest is sold out, but don’t worry — we’ve found some of the contenders online and have embedded them for your viewing pleasure below. 

ARCHITECTURE

Tiny Boston
Federico Creatini

Mont St. Michel, France
Mike Gisselere

Graffiti City
Isabelle Vallee

The Fallout
Jeffrey Brink

NARRATIVE
Noway I missed “R”
Lukas Sygula


Our Drone Future
Alex Cornell


Superman with a GoPro
Corridor Digital


Himalayan Aerials
Jonathan Miller

DRONIE

Columbia River Gorge
Dirk Dallas

Blocking
Michael Kugler

Floating
Michael Kugler

Stranded
Michael Kugler

Spooning in the Spoon
Michael Welsh

Mt. Bromo
Laudrick Samuel Parulian


Porsuit [sic]
Capitaine Citron

FPV/PROXIMITY/TECHNICAL FLYING

FPV – Balinese
Justin Welander

Opening Sequence for a Feature Film
Ben Tewaag


Soothing Madness
Carlos Puertolas

MMMMMMM/Santa Monica Airlines
Robert McIntosh

TRAVEL/LANDSCAPE

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand
Brendon Dixon

Jinxi Welcomes Yo
Pierre Haberer

Adriatic
Mike Gisselere

Above and Below Galapagos
Michael Kugler

African Flight
Kevin Maor


Koh Yao Noi
Philip Bloom

SHOWREEL


Effektfabriken Aerials
Per Von Koch


Cinedrones are Awesome
Daniell Ashby

Showreel 2014
Mike Gisselere

Skynamic Reel

Julian Glockner

X-FACTOR

Pipeline Winter
Eric Sterman


DJI Phantom Flies Into Volcano
Shaun O’Callaghan


The Ridge
Danny Macaskill Cut Media Stu Thomson


Mexico City International Airport From Above
Tarsicio Sanudo

100% Extremely Drone
Allison Hunter


I Won’t Let You Down
OK GO