Drone Film Festival New to the NYS Fair This Year

The Great New York State Fair will be adding a drone film competition to their many offerings in 2017. The NYS Fair runs from Wednesday, August 23 through Monday, September 4.

The NYS Fair Drone Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering filmmakers and companies around the globe to tell their stories with the use of drones. Amateur, professional and student as well as companies from around the world are invited to enter their film submissions. The purpose of this is to educate the public about the many positive and beneficial ways drones are being used to better society and capture the panoramic beauty of our planet.

This competition is open to content filmed anywhere around the globe. Of the eight (8) submissions categories, a separate category just for drone films shot in/featuring New York State has been established. The top winning films in each category will be showcased during a special presentation and screened during the fair.

Awards & Prizes

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three selections in each category. Each gold medal-winning film will be eligible for the festival’s Best of Show award. A top prize of $250.00 will be awarded for the Best of Show film along with a plaque.


The festival jury will select drone films in the following categories:

NYS DRONES(5 min maximum) – Films in this category are those made only in NYS. Filmmakers are required to identify the NYS location. The use of recognized NYS landmarks is a plus.

NARRATIVE(5 min maximum) – A great film always centers on great story telling. Please tell us your amazing story with the use of your drone. This category is open to real stories as well as fiction/fantasy.

LANDSCAPE/ARCHITECTURE(5 min maximum) – What amazing shots of landscapes and architecture can you capture?

SHOWREEL(5 min maximum) – Drone cinematographers often capture a lot of footage. This category is for those who wish to show off the wide variety of your work. Give us your amazing shots.

SPORTS(5 min maximum) – Sports scenes and extreme sports footage are what we are looking for. Whether it is snowboarding down a mountain or capturing the local soccer match this is the category for you.

DRONES AND HEALTHCARE(10 min maximum) Drones are increasingly being used in the healthcare arena. Films in this category need to showcase these stories. Use of drone footage is not necessary(partial drone footage is desirable). Your film must be centered around drones.

STUDENT(5 min maximum) – Students (21 and younger) are encouraged to submit their work. This category is open ONLY to students. Students can also submit in any of the other categories. If submitting to other categories student films will be judged as would any other submission.

CORPORATE/INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS(10 min maximum) – This category is for films that feature drones. These are stories about drones, the work being done or starring people who are involved with drones. Films submitted to this category should not exceed 10 minutes in length and don’t have to be shot using drones although including partial drone footage is desirable.

Submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway through July 31, 2017. Selections will be announced on August 16, 2017.

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