The winners of the first-annual InterDrone film festival, which took place Sept. 9 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas, have been announced by InterDrone conference host BZ Media LLC.
The grand prize and a check for $2,000 for the best video overall went to Scott Sporleder of Matador Network for “Jordan From The Air.”
The lineup of judges included Randy Braun of DJI, Eric Dupin of Dronestagram, Jeff Foster of The Drone Coalition, Bob Gonsalves of the United States Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers, Colin Guinn of 3D Robotics, Ron Futrell of AviSight, Tom Hallman of Pictorvision Inc., Dave and Sarah O’Neal of That Drone Show, and Preston Ryon of Snaproll Media.
The nine judges determined the best video captured with a drone in five categories, with each category winner receiving $500:
- Action sports: “Cinedrones are Awesome” by Daniell Ashby
- Cityscapes: “Jordan from the Air” by Scott Sporleder
- Natural wonders: “Beautiful Scotland” by John Duncan
- Reel: “Showreel 2014” by Mike Gisselere
- Storytelling: “Heaven” by Daniel Feighery
Ted Bahr, chairman of InterDrone, says there were over 300 submissions from 19 different countries.
Attendees voted for the $500 people’s choice award, which went to Chris Bonnet for “Texas: An Assortment of Beauty.”
The InterDrone film festival was hosted by Film Freeway, and 2016’s contest will open in mid-May. Next year, InterDrone will be held at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 7-9.