NYC Drone Film Festival

AirVuz acquires NYC Drone Film Festival, set to run 2020 event

In a way, the NYC Drone Film Festival is about to see a huge change.

Drone video sharing site AirVuz has acquired the New York City Drone Film Festival, a popular event that celebrates drone cinematography — while encompassing other aspects of the drone industry like FPV flying, drone legal and policy efforts, enterprise drone use cases and more.

AirVuz will run this year’s 6th Annual New York City Drone Film Festival, which claims to be the world’s first and largest drone video event. But while the people beyond the scenes are new, the film festival is not expected to see much change from its beloved past.

Again, the festival will run this summer (July 25-26) at its usual location at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. And once again, this year’s event will include a tech expo, drone racing exhibition, drone piloting workshops, filmmaking and drone-centric masterclasses, and the world’s best drone films on the big screen.

NYC Drone Film Festival

The NYC Drone Film Festival festival is the brainchild of founder Randy Scott Slavin, who is now passing on the torch to AirVuz. AirVuz launched in 2015 in Minneapolis as a startup for pilots to share their own videos and photos. The Minnesota-based drone website is no stranger to putting on events, and has hosted its own drone contests including the AirVuz Drone Video Awards (which were broadcast live…and yours truly had the pleasure of attending!), which had $10,000 in prizes up for grabs.

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue on the tradition that the New York City Film Festival has established,” said Mike Israel, owner and CEO of AirVuz. “With our experience as a drone video hosting platform, we’ve seen how spectacular drones are as a videography tool. We’re excited to help showcase the best drone footage in the world at the world’s best drone film festival.”

To enter the NYC Drone Film Festival, submit your footage by May 25, 2020. One change in the festival since the acquisition: Submissions to the 2020 New York City Drone Film Festival are free when uploaded to

Will you be at this year’s event? The Drone Girl might be, so I’ll plan on seeing you there!

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