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NYC DFF IV: Meet the 10 Winners of One of the Most Competitive Drone Film Festivals in the World

BY Zacc Dukowitz
8 March 2018

This year’s fourth annual New York City Drone Film Festival featured some of the most incredible drone videos we’ve ever seen.

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Christian (partner course instructor), Alan, Lana, and Zacc

There were some impressive panels on Saturday, especially one on drones and the law that we found really helpful.

Tip from a drone lawyer on the panel: Do your research. With so many new city and county drone laws popping up, you could cross a jurisdictional line and suddenly be violating a law in one city that doesn’t exist in the city where you took off.

We were also proud to be a media sponsor of the NYC DFF for the first time this year:

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But it was Skydio that stole the show over the weekend, with their new fully autonomous R1 drone.

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Alan with the Skydio R1

The R1 maps and interprets the world in real time, so you can start it flying and take off running, cycling, kayaking, doing parkour—you get the picture—and it will follow behind you autonomously, without anyone at the controls.

On Sunday at the Liberty Science Center, Skydio did a demo in the main stairway that featured a dancer interacting with their autonomous drone.

New York City Drone Film Festival Skydio Demo

And of course, the videos were incredible this year.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the winners of this year’s fourth annual New York City Drone Film Festival.

Extreme Sports & Best in Show

“Quattro 2” by Candide Thovex

Candide Thovex Quattro 2 – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Extreme Sports Category Winner

News and Docs

“The Big Ugly” by Maquina Voadora

The Big Ugly – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival News & Documentary Category Winner

X-Factor

“Kingdom of the Wild” by Mike Bishop

Kingdom of the Wild – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival X-FACTOR Category Winner

Freestyle FPV

“Muscle Up” by Robert McIntosh

Muscle Up – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Freestyle FPV Category Winner

Narrative

Donny the Drone” by Mackenzie Sheppard

Donny The Drone – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Narrative Category Winner

Landscape and Architecture

“Ottsjo NY Air and Timelapse” by Marcus Muller

Ottsjö by Air and Timelapse – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Landscape Category Winner

Dronie

“The Last Dronie” by Chris Castor

Ottsjö by Air and Timelapse – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Landscape Category Winner

Featuring Drones

“Boston Rising” by The Famous Group / Strato Aerial

Boston Rising – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Featuring Drones Category Winner

Still Photography

“Football Island” by Brent de Bleser

Football Island – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Still Photography Category Winner

Showreel

“AirV8” by Holger Hirsch

AIRV8 – 2018 New York City Drone Film Festival Showreel Category Winner

Keep in mind that these are just the winning videos—all of the nominated videos this year were incredible, and well worth watching. When the competition is this stiff, just getting nominated is an honor.

The quality of work presented at the festival was some of the very best drone videography in the world. We can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Zacc Dukowitz

Contributing Writer

Zacc Dukowitz is a contributing writer, and the former Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A writer with professional experience in education technology and digital marketing, Zacc is passionate about reporting on the drone industry at a time when UAVs can help us live better lives. Zacc also holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and is a widely published fiction writer. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John's College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or check out zaccdukowitz.com to read his work.

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