The New York City Drone Film Festival, a new film festival, scheduled for February 21 in New York City (duh), will highlight drone filmmaking, according to The Wall Street Journal. The festival will feature films under five minutes in length that capture aerial shots using a drone — the latest filmmaking tool.
“New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography,” according to the festival’s web site. “The festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work, emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and even epic crashes.”
Director, landscape photographer and aerial cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin founded the festival in 2014, in part to change the perceptions of drones. “I’m tired of drones being synonymous with questionable legality and FAA regulation. I want to celebrate the art of aerial cinematography,” Slavin writes on the festival’s web site.
The festival is currently accepting submissions up until the deadline of December 29, 2014. You can apply here.
Drones have been used to shoot footage in big-budget films like “The Wolf of Wall Street Street,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “The November Man” and “Skyfall.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved use of drones for some filmmaking, but it’s still on a case-by-case basis.
Check out the NYC Drone Film Festival promo video below: