Filmmakers from around the world submitted their drone footage to the second annual New York City Drone Film Festival this year and it's clear that the technology has grown in leaps and bounds since the festival's first edition in 2015. The popularity of the technique has grown as well, having been used in recent Hollywood blockbusters Spectre, Captain America: Civil War and Jurassic World. And the wider public is catching on; the festival sold out in 6 hours, received 350 film submissions from 45 countries and saw 5,000+ people in attendance over the 3-day festival weekend. 

The montage, put together from 32 videos that were in competition, traverses the festival's traditional categories such as Narrative and News and Documentary, but also highlights some of the more niche uses of drone in film with sections like Extreme Sports, Architecture and Landscape. 

Te rise of companies like DJI have made it clear that drone filmmaking is here to stay, so if you're looking to get into it, learn the laws and get inspired by the impressive shots in this video.