Drones are here, and they are here to stay, but that doesn’t mean everyone is ready to accept that fact. I’ve written a few of what I would consider to be crazy response stories; in one story, I documented a drone being attacked by a t-shirt, in another story, I wrote about a drone that was shot out of the guy with a shotgun. Believe it or not, drone specific shotgun shells have recently come to market, too.
So how do we get over the negative stigma and gain public acceptance? How do we break through and expose people to, not just the benefits drones have as tools, but the beauty they can capture by allowing us to gain new and unique perspectives. In my opinion, it’s about education. Educating the public so they understand drones can be safe and the beneficial, and educating the drone operators, so they always fly safe.
One way to educate the public, in an entertaining and captivating way, is a film festival. It’s a strategy that has worked in more than one geographic location. New York recently hosted, the aptly named, New York Drone Film Festival. The festival featured 44 short films, each less than five minutes long. They varied widely in content, they varied from breathtaking to comical, which widened the appeal.
For most Americans, hobby drones are about as welcome in their neighborhoods as car alarms.
A growing chorus of drone enthusiasts has been fighting an uphill battle for public acceptance for years now, but the victories have been few and far between.
The New York City Drone Film Festival, which held its second annual screening and awards ceremony Saturday night at the Directors Guild Theater in midtown Manhattan, could change that.
The festival showcases the remarkable creative possibilities of aerial cinematography.
While officially a “Film Festival,” the festival grew to include FPV drone racing, outdoor drone flights and panels that discussed a variety of important drone topics. The panels included discussions about legal and policy issues, topics that should be very important to you if you are a commercial drone operator. If you missed this festival, don’t worry the 2017 festival is being planned.
About New York Drone Film Festival
The #NYCDFF is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone community.
In it’s inaugural year #NYCDFF received over 150 submissions from 19 countries. The event sold out event attracted headline sponsorNBC News, and received over 270 million media impressions worldwide. The second annual #NYCDFF evolved into a three-day event featuring a dynamic slate of interactive panels, a red carpet screening of the nominated films, award ceremony and a “Day of Drones”hosted at the Liberty Science Center which included drone battling and and drone racing. #NYCDFF 2016 saw incredible growth with over 350 film submissions from 45 countries and over 5,000 people in attendance over the festival weekend.
Our team is already hard at work to make the #NYCDFF 3 the best one yet. We have our work cut out for us.