The most famous drone festival is coming next month in New York City. But it’s more than a simple film festival.
Here are four good reasons to check out the New York City Drone Film Festival.
1. It’s the Best Drone Film Festival in the World
The New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF) is the world's first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The inaugural edition took place in 2015 at the beginning of the drone era when the technology was spreading to the masses. As the first event of its kind, the NYCDFF gained a lot of attention and became the international reference for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone community. Therefore, the level of competition is extremely high but the festival offers several casual categories such as “X-Factor” or “Drone Selfie.” Randy Scott Slavin, director of NYCDFF said:
The festival serves to show people the best films out and inspire them to shoot even better films. People should come to the festival because we’ve become too used to seeing these amazing films on our laptops. Seeing these films in a theater with 800 other people is a rare occurrence."
2. Excellent Networking Opportunity With Industry Leaders and Influencers
The festival is well attended by producers, directors, and other creative types who are looking to hire drone operators. Casey Neistat visited the event last year while Phillip Bloom was part of the jury. The organizers also bring a lot of big names from the industry. RED, Firefly, B&H, and Technicolor are some of the main sponsors. Those who get their work featured at the festival and win will likely gain a lot of visibility.
3. Big Prizes
Visibility and networking opportunities are not the only benefits. The grand prize winners of last year’s festival won a RED EPIC-W camera, a Freefly Alta 8 drone, and Freefly Movi Pro gimbal. The director of the festival explains that “it’s not a bad prize package for a couple of creative guys from Bulgaria who shot a film with a Phantom 3.”
4. It’s More Than a Film Festival
The event is not just about film. This edition will include a series of drone related panels, keynotes, educational sessions about editing and color grading, drone exhibitions, and micro drone racing competition.
The festival will take place on March 3 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. On Sunday, March 4, the event will move across the Hudson River to the Liberty Science Center for the Day of Drones which will include master classes, drone building, a drone expo, and drone racing. Visit the official website for more information.