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Up in the Air: Announcing the New York City Drone Film Festival

Within an overly crowded film festival landscape, it takes something special for a new event to stand out. Such is the case with New York’s newest festival, scheduled for February, 2015: the New York City Drone Film Festival. While the FAA’s drone filming rules are still being developed, festival founder and cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin intends to use the event to celebrate robotic aerial filmmaking and to change the public’s perception of drones. He told the New York Post’s Chris Perez, ““These flying robots are amazing and exciting technologies, but because the word drone is so controversial, its constantly being lumped in with these killing machines. They’re just an amazing tool for art.”

All films must be under five minutes in length, and the submission deadline is December 28. Below, Slavin chats with the hosts of the YouTube podcast The Drone Show. Above, check out the festival’s promo trailer.

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