Great New York State Fair Announces Drone Video Competition

The Great New York State Fair, which was first held back in 1841, has announced a new drone video competition and festival, complementary to Central NY Rising, the central New York region’s comprehensive plan to generate economic growth and community development.

Entries for the professionally judged competition can be uploaded at the event’s site on FilmFreeway.com through July 31. Video in eight categories, including a category for films featuring New York State, will compete for medals, and the winners in each of the categories will be eligible for the Best In Show prize of $250.

“Governor Cuomo’s investment in drone technology is creating a vital new industry in Upstate New York,” comments Troy Waffner, acting director of the state fair. “We believe this video competition and festival will highlight that investment and show the industry that New York is serious about becoming a major center for drone technology. This competition and festival will also highlight the amazing creative work being done with drones.”

Entries must be no longer than five minutes, except for the corporate/industrial category, in which videos can be no longer than 10 minutes. At least 50% of each video must have been shot using a drone. Entry fees are $20 for videos submitted to most categories, and the student fee is $5. Entries in the corporate/industrial/business category are $50.

The competition is being managed by Michael Massurin, executive director of the Syracuse International Film Festival, on behalf of the fair, which is running Aug. 23-Sept. 4 in Syracuse.

The winning videos will be screened during the fair at an evening ceremony in the Empire Theater of the Art & Home Center, where the Best In Show award will be announced.

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