Nominations have been announced for the second annual New York City Drone Film Festival, returning to the Directors Guild of America Theater on March 4-6 with presenting sponsor GE.
The nominees include Cirque du Soleil’s “Sparked,” National Geographic’s “Lava Chaser,” Corridor Digital’s “The Smallest Empire,” Jordan Rubin’s “The Drone” and the NBC News coverage of the Nepal earthquake.
“The quantity and quality of this year’s submissions is outstanding,” says Randy Scott Slavin, founder and director of the festival. “With 330 submissions coming from 45 countries, drone filmmaking is not merely a passing fad but a worldwide phenomenon that’s here to stay.”
Renowned architect Bjarke Ingels and Yahoo Tech founder David Pogue will join other individuals from a variety of disciplines in art, media and technology on the deciding jury.
Awards will be presented in 14 categories, including best narrative film, best news/documentary film, best extreme sports film and best dronie (a selfie taken with a drone).
The schedule for the three-day event is as follows:
Friday, March 4
Opening Night Party at Soho House New York
Saturday, March 5
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Seminar Series, interactive panel discussions on drone technology, policy and creativity
6 p.m.: Red Carpet and Pre-Show, where drones walk the red carpet alongside humans
7:30 p.m.: Screening and Award Ceremony
Sunday, March 6
Day of Drones at The Liberty Science Center
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: The festival’s program will be screening repeatedly
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Drone Battling Expo
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Invitational Drone Racing Expo