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This Mind-Bending Race Looks Like a Real-Life Video Game

Blurring the lines between real life and fantasy, this death-defying drone film is an adrenaline-fueled adventure from start to finish. Daredevil stunt man Ilko Iliev sprints, leaps, and swims through a heart-pounding obstacle course as drone operator Marin Kafedjiiski captures the action from above. Shot in Bulgaria, the film creatively explores the country from a bird’s eye perspective—including mind-bending shots of famous sites like the abandoned communist monument at Buzludzha peak.

Credits: Music by The Derevolutions; produced by Diffraction, ASTRO KIT, and LEAP. Follow Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski on Instagram. For behind-the-scenes footage and additional credits, watch the full version onYouTube.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.