Watch the Year’s Most Incredible Drone Footage in Just 2 Minutes
From the inside of a volcano to thousands of feet in the air—drones can take us places most will never go. Here are the best videos, as selected by a drone film festival.
Don’t look now, but the drones have taken over.
They’re also helping to create the most jaw-dropping videos you’ve ever seen.
Don’t take my word for it, just watch this incredible video.
Posted to YouTube back in March by the organizers of the New York City Drone Film Festival, the jaw-dropping montage compiles the best drone footage that was submitted to the fest, set to French band Talisco’s thumping track “Sorrow.”
Words really don’t do the two and a half minute clip justice, with the video cutting from unbelievable aerial shots of volcanoes, ski jumps, sharks, mountains, waterfalls, and so much more.
Started in 2014, the NYCDFF claims to be the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. Held this year at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, the second-annual drone fest received over 350 submissions from filmmakers from around the world, of which a few dozen made it into the montage.
The festival gives out awards in 14 categories, from extreme sports to best “dronie” (a selfie taken with a drone). The festival also featured drone racing and a drone battle tournament.
2016’s Best in Show award went to Sweetgrass Productions’ video of people skiing down a mountain in light-suits. You can watch the rest of the NYCDFF’s winners on the festival’s Vimeo page.
“The whole world is drone crazy,” founder and festival director Randy Scott Slavin told Fox 5 in March. “[The festival] is for drone enthusiasts, production professionals, directors, producers, anyone that’s interested.”
So if drones do take over the world, at least it’ll look really pretty.