The entries for the Bay Area Drone Film Festival are now being judged for the inaugural contest, taking place Sunday, Feb. 28, at the 500-seat AMC Mercado-20 at 3111 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara, Calif.
The mission of the festival, which is partnered with the Know Before You Fly campaign, is to promote drone education and entertainment to the public, as well as increase safety awareness, according Clay M. Coleman, festival organizer and director, as well as a 25-year veteran air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a photographer and drone enthusiast.
The live show will screen 15-20 short videos on an 80-foot movie screen. Winners from 10 categories will be awarded prizes valued at more than $12,000, including drone kits, accessories, drone lessons and more. In addition, a “Best of the Bay” award will be presented for the top drone film by a San Francisco Bay Area resident.
At least 50% of the footage in each entry must have been shot using a drone. All entries will be disqualified if it is clear that FAA safety guidelines were not followed.
“The last thing the drone industry wants to see is people getting injured in an accident caused by irresponsible, careless drone operators who, in many cases, are unaware of the safety guidelines and rules that are in place,” explains Coleman. “We also want to help change the negative public perception of drones and highlight some of the amazing things they can do.”
Festival sponsors include MultiCopter Warehouse, Yuneec Electric Aviation, AirVüz.com, KnowBeforeYouFly.org and DARTdrones.
More information can be found here.