CORTLAND, N.Y. — The 2018 New York State Fair Drone Festival is seeking submissions for this year’s festival, which will take place during this year’s Great New York State Fair.
This year, the festival got off to an early start. After it was announced in January, people involved in the local drone industry helped get the word out and promote the festival, according to New York State Fair Drone Festival Director Mike Massurin.
“It’s growing and we’re excited,” Massurin said of this year’s festival.
There are nine different categories this year, and Massurin hopes that the student category will encourage more students from the Cortland area and around the state to get involved.
Drone photography and drone news have also been added as new categories this year. Amateurs, students, and professional drone operators can enter submissions into this year’s festival.
Entry fees of $5, $25, and $50 are required for students, filmmakers and corporate/industry/business, respectively.
Submissions must be no longer than the set runtime in each category, and half of that run time
must be shot by a drone or an Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle (UAV).
Filmmakers can submit as many films as they want into as many categories they want. Categories are the following:
New York State Drones: Films created completely in New York State.
Narrative: A fiction or non-fiction story told using a drone in whole or part.
Landscape & Architecture: Amazing, beautiful scenes shot using drones.
Showreel: A compilation of clips from various drone-shot videos. Show off your best.
Sports: Athletic activity, events and competition shot using drones.
News: Films highlight how drones are being used to capture news stories and events
taking place around the globe.
Corporate/Industrial/Business: Films that feature drones and the amazing work they
are doing in a variety of fields. How is your business/company using drones?
Student: Films created by an enrolled high school or college student, on any subject.
Students may also submit to any other category if they want.
Photography: Still aerial photos taken with drones.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three films in each category. A $250
prize will be awarded to the Best of Show winner, along with a plaque.
The deadline for submissions is June 30. The opening ceremony will be held Aug. 22 at the New York State Fairgrounds.