Both San Francisco and New York already have their film drone festivals, with other cities willing to follow the fashion. But what can be expected from such an event?
The inaugural Flying Robot International Film Festival in San Francisco occurred last November. 153 submissions were received representing 35 countries across 7 categories such as Cinematic, Drones for Good, Aerial Sports, LOL WTF, I Made That!, Student Films and an overall "best of show".
Despite very early days in drone film-making, the NBC News sponsored New York Drone Film Festival was completely sold out. Not only did the it show stunning nature films, but also various artistic creations like “Little Boston”, a film that shows the city of Boston as a miniature toy. The aim of the festival was mostly to fight the negative stigma connected to drones, says the festival creator Randy Scott Slavin. From the 150 submissions received, the judges presented only 35 films claiming, that the others were simply not worth it. “It was people trying their hand at aerial photography for the first time and they just weren't up to standards”, said Randy in a NBC interview.
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