Drone Film Competition to Promote Safe and Responsible Flying

SAN FRANCISCO and ARLINGTON, Va. – Drone enthusiasts and videographers are invited to help promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems by competing in the Bay Area Drone Film Festival to create videos for the Know Before You Fly education campaign.

The Bay Area Drone Film Festival and Know Before You Fly have teamed up to establish a special category, allowing the growing community of drone enthusiasts to get involved in airspace safety by producing short, creative videos that promote keeping the skies safe for all users. The winning video will be featured as part of the Know Before You Fly campaign.

Videos entered into the competition must feature the basic tenets of drone safety. They include reminding prospective users to fly below 400 feet; stay away from emergency responders, people and other aircraft; keep at least five miles away from an airport unless permitted by air traffic control and airport authorities; and operate within visual line of sight.

“Drones have opened the door to views and perspectives that we’ve only dreamed of before,” says Clay Coleman, director of the Bay Area Drone Film Festival. “We are promoting drone education and entertainment to the public by showcasing videos that shed light on the diverse views and nature we often take for granted or have never imagined.”

Coleman, who is also an air traffic control supervisor at the Federal Aviation Administration, says the contest will help teach drone users the importance of safety.

“This can be a great way to contribute to the overall safety of UAS operations, and to promote your name as a filmmaker. It really fits with our mission for the festival to reinforce how responsible and enlightening this community can be,” said Coleman.

Submissions will be accepted through the festival’s FilmFreeway site until Jan. 24, 2016. The screening and awards event will be held at the AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 28, 2016.

Visit the website or the festival homepage for more information.