CNY Rising: NYS Fair launches drone video competition, festival – Auburn Citizen (blog)


The New York State Fair will highlight modern technology with a new competition for drone enthusiasts. 

The NYS Fair Drone Film Festival competition welcomes entries in eight categories, including landscape and architecture, narrative and showreel. There’s also a New York state drones category for videos that were shot in the state and a separate category for videos submitted by high school and college students. 

Videos must be no more than 5 minutes long. The exception is for the corporate and industrial category, which will allow entries of up to 10 minutes. At least 50 percent of the video should be shot using a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle, according to the contest’s rules. 

The entry fee for most categories is $20. For the student category, it’s $5. The corporate and industrial category will have a $50 entry fee. 

The competition will be overseen by Michael Massurin, executive director of the Syracuse International Film Festival. Ten judges will review the videos and select winners in each of the eight categories. A best-in-show prize of $250 will be awarded to the top video in the contest. 

The category winners will be screened during a ceremony at the fair’s Empire Theater. The best-in-show winner will be announced at the event. 

Fair officials said the competition complements the “CNY Rising” plan, which was developed by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council during the 2015 Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The region won one of three $500 million prizes in that contest. 

With the economic development funding, central New York plans to make significant investments in unmanned aerial systems with the goal of becoming a global hub for the technology. 

“Governor Cuomo’s investment in drone technology is creating a vital new industry in upstate New York,” said Troy Waffner, the fair’s acting director. “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.” 

The fair will run from Aug. 23 through Sept. 4. 

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