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New York City Drone Film Festival #NYCDFF3
The official logo of the New York City Drone Film Festival. #NYCDFF3 wrapped on the weekend.

On the weekend, the third annual New York City Drone Film Festival, or – as Twitter likes to call it – the #NYCDFF3 took place. Since its inception, the festival has become a showcase for some of the best and most creative camera work you could imagine.

Creativity most of us could have scarcely imagined, say, five years ago. The appearance of high-quality but affordable drones and aerial rigs has changed everything, Founder and Festival director Randy Scott Slavin told TDC earlier:

“The thing about drones that really elevates it above all the other tools made for camera motion is that you can literally put the camera anywhere you want in 3-D space as long as you have the skills to put it there.”

And, with that, an introduction to this year’s winners in the various categories:

X-FACTOR AND BEST IN SHOW

This prize went to Mixed Motion Project – Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski (Bulgaria).

NEWS/DOCUMENTARY

Congratulations to #NoDAPL: Drones Monitor North Dakota Police – AJ+ (USA):

NARRATIVE

In this category, the winner was Corridor Digital (USA) with Drone Star Wars:

LANDSCAPE

Of course, this is the category people most often associate with drone film work: Epic and majestic shots revealing earth from above. This year, the winner is Australia’s Wild Pacific Media, with a film called Australia – The Eagle Eye.

EXTREME SPORTS

The winner in this category was a UK duo: Giles Campbell Longley and Kie Willis. Their film is called: Cala d’en Serra – Drone Parkour.

FREESTYLE/FPV

Wow. Ya gotta love Fresh Squeeze, by Robert McIntosh (USA).

ARCHITECTURE

In this category, it’s easy to see why this entry was a winner. Congrats to France’s Joris Favraud for: Byzantine.

FEATURING DRONES

Very cool, Lucas Zanatto of Norway:

DRONIE

The “Dronie” award went to Family Island, by Germany’s Florian Fischer. Unfortunately, no link is available at the moment – but we’ll update if one surfaces!

SHOWREEL

This award – which goes to an outstanding showreel – was earned by Koptercam of Finland.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Wow. Just wow. Congrats to Wellington Rodrigues (Germany) for Sea and Salt:

Randy Scott Slavin says this year’s festival attracted about 350 submissions from 45 countries. And, he says, most of work was done with consumer or prosumer-style drones – not high-end cinema rigs:

“We’re not an aerial cinematography film festival. We’re a drone film festival,” he told TDC. And this year, you can see from the nominees that many – if not most – of the films that were shot this year were shot with DJI products. A lot of them were shot with Phantom 4s. So it’s really all about the idea.”

Some amazing ideas. Here’s to all the 2017 #NYCDFF3 winners!


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