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Sep 24, 2015 | Show Announcements

Inaugural InterDrone Film Festival Crowns Winner

Nearly 2,800 drone builders, flyers and buyers watch winning films, vote for “People’s Choice”

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 21, 2015 ? BZ Media LLC announced today the winners of the first annual InterDrone? Film Festival which took place September 9 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas. The grand prize and a check for $2,000 for the Best Video overall went to Scott Sporleder of Matador Network for Jordan From The Air.

An impressive lineup of judges included Randy Braun of DJI, Eric Dupin of Dronestagram, Jeff Foster of The Drone Coalition, Bob Gonsalves of the United States Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS), Colin Guinn of 3D Robotics, Ron Futrell of AviSight, Tom Hallman of Pictorvision Inc., Dave and Sarah Oneal of That Drone Show, and Preston Ryon of Snaproll Media.

The nine judges used their expertise in aerial cinematography to determine the best video captured with a drone in five categories, with each category winner receiving $500.

Category Winner Director See Video at
Action Sports Cinedrones are Awesome Daniell Ashby
Cityscapes Jordan from the Air Scott Sporleder
Natural Wonders Beautiful Scotland John Duncan
Reel Showreel 2014 Mike Gisselere
Storytelling Heaven Daniel Feighery

“We had more than 300 submissions from 19 countries,” said Ted Bahr, Chairman of InterDrone. “The judges had a hard time selecting winners in each of the five categories as well as the winner overall.”

Hundreds of attendees voted for The People’s Choice and that award and $500 went to Chris Bonnet for Texas: An Assortment of Beauty, which may be viewed here:

The Film Festival reception began with the world premiere of the trailer for The Drone Invasion, a documentary on the benefits of commercial drones. David and Sarah Oneal from That Drone Show and world famous hypnotist and drone enthusiast Anthony Cools hosted the Film Festival reception and gave out the awards.

The InterDrone Film Festival was hosted by Film Freeway and 2016’s contest will open in mid-May, 2016. Next year, InterDrone will be held at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from September 7-9, 2016.

For information on exhibiting or event sponsorships contact Ted Bahr at or 631-421-4158 x101.

BZ Media LLC is a 15 year-old high-tech media company producing industry-leading technical conferences and expositions. BZ Media publishes SD Times, the leading magazine for the software development industry; AnDevCon, the world’s largest Android Developer Conference; Big Data TechCon, the how-to conference for implementing Big Data; Wearables TechCon?, the largest technical conference and expo for software developers, engineers and designers of wearable computing devices; and InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition.