DJI And PEUGEOT Announce Winner Of PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival

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DJI And PEUGEOT Announce Winner Of PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival

DJI Europe – Nov 11, 2019 09:14 GMT

The happy winner with the jury (Lisa Marie Potthoff, Stephan Wagner, Matthias Brandt, Barbara Stelzner, Bernardo Bacalhau, Daniela Fette-Rakowski, August Zirner, Simon Schwarz, Florian Ferstl)

The PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival has announced the winner of its 2019 competition. During the finals at the luxury hotel Jumeirah in Frankfurt, the jury chose the film „Calçada Portuguesa“ by Bernardo Bacalhau. The young Portuguese filmmaker beat more than 800 competitors and received a grand prize consisting of high quality DJI equipment worth 2,500 Euros, two PEUGEOT Traveler MPVs for six weeks and 5,000 Euros of travel funds. DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and the luxury hotel Jumeirah Frankfurt were co-sponsors of the festival.

“A plethora of filmmakers from all over the world participated in this year’s PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival,” said Steffen Raschig, Managing Director of PEUGEOT Germany. “That was overwhelming, and we are very pleased with the result. Choosing one of the more than 800 submissions was a challenge for the jurors, but they have found a worthy winner in Bernardo Bacalhau’s “Calçada Portuguesa”.”

The winner hails from Portugal

“Calçada Portuguesa” is the term for Portuguese cobblestones. They traditionally consist of artful mosaics made of white limestone and black basalt, beautifully shot by Bacalhau. The film also features French BMX artist Matthias Dandois who performs breathtaking tricks at different locations in Lisbon.

“The special attraction of this film is the way Bernardo Bacalhau combined spectacular aerial shots of the wonderful cobblestone patterns and the artistry of Matthias Dandois with a subtle music track that fits the topic,” said Barbara Stelzner, Director of Marketing & Corporate Communication for DJI Europe. “This is a wonderful example of how drone technology can unleash creative thinking in an innovative and intelligent manner.”

Courtesy of the grand prize, the winner can now embark on new adventures to create more stunning drone footage. The finals of the PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival were attended by the twelve best filmmakers of the competition. As an appreciation for their achievements, DJI provided a comprehensive creative workshop showcasing the latest drone technology as well as a range of camera gimbals and other filmmaking equipment.

High number of participants

Deadline for entries to the international contest was the beginning of September 2019. More than 800 submissions from 30 countries around the globe competed in the categories “Landscape”, “Sports”, “Experimental” and “Story Telling”. While the first three categories required 50 percent of the film being shot with drones, in the “Story Telling” category the threshold was 30 percent.
The jury consisted of Barbara Stelzner, Director of Marketing & Corporate Communication for DJI Europe, the director of the luxury hotel Jumeirah Frankfurt, Daniela Fette-Rakowski, the actress Lisa Maria Potthoff, the actors Simon Schwarz, Matthias Brandt and August Zirner, the director Stephan Wagner and the editor-in-chief of Focus Online, Florian Festl. Key criteria included the use of drone footage as well as the overall quality and content of the film.


As a leading mobility provider in all areas of transportation, PEUGEOT delivers state-of-the-art technologies and suitable solutions for all requirements of today’s lifestyles. The full range of the Lion Brand includes passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, motorhomes and scooters as well as services such as the vehicle rental PEUGEOTRENT or the PEUGEOT Professional Center for commercial customers. Represented in 160 countries, PEUGEOT stands for a successful combination of emotion and environmental efficiency with a striking design language and forward-looking e-mobility.

About Jumeirah Frankfurt

The luxury Jumeirah Frankfurt hotel is located right in the heart of the city, just steps away from the Zeil shoppingareaand the financial district. It is part of the Jumeirah Group, which also includes the luxurious Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai. With 218 rooms, 63 suites, international cuisine and a spacious spa area, the Jumeirah Frankfurt offers its guests an exclusive travel experience.

DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing civilian drones and aerial imaging technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries.