While drones have been capturing stunning photography for film and TV for years, operators are now gradually beginning to receive recognition for their work, with a growing field of standalone drone film festivals. Now in its second year, the NYC Drone Film Festival brought together filmmakers, racers, hobbyists and fans for a celebration of all things four-bladed and aerial.
Founded by Randi Scott Lavin, the NYCDFF is reportedly the world’s “first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography.” Held as a two-day event from 5 March, the opening day saw the winning films of the festival on display, while the second, ‘the day of the drones’, was dedicated to drone races and battles at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Over the weekend, the festival attracted an audience of some 5,000 fans. Things are getting bigger quickly as well – the first festival, held in 2015 saw 150 film submissions from 19 countries, while its successor saw 350 submissions coming from 45 countries. Expect even bigger things next year! In the meantime, you can check out the stunning winners of the competition here, as judged by a panel including the CMO of GE, the founder of Yahoo Tech, the guitarist of the Cro-Mags, and the CEO of the Drone Nationals and Droneworlds.
Above: Still Photography Winner Al Marmoum Camel Racing by Shoayb Khattab