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Drone film festival coming to A/NZ

Drone Film Festival Australia and New Zealand (DFFANZ) is coming and will screen across 11 major cities in A/NZ including Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington from September 15 until November 5.

DFFANZ will officially kick off during the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF), with activities, workshops and the official selection of films screened during DIFF, kicking off the DFFANZ tour across A/NZ.

The DIFF is an annual program of films and special events from September 15 to September 24.

There is also the opportunity for drone filmmakers to win some prizes.

The best drone film from A/NZ will receive the opportunity to shoot their next drone movie in Thailand, with two return flights from Australia, as well as a $1,000 spending money and 10 days worth of accommodation.

Other prizes include DJI Mavic Pro from Harvey Norman, gear from Henty bags, Blackmagic Design camera equipment and software programs by Lightworks, Cyberlink, HitFilm and SkyTango.

DFFANZ was created to showcase drone films, stories and documentaries by filmmakers, production companies and everyday drone hobby enthusiasts.

The festival emphasises how much drones have advanced, with access and availability opening up the skies to creative minds from around the globe.

The winning films will be selected by a jury of renowned filmmakers, film critics and drone specialists.

Jury panel rundown

  • Susan Talbot

Susan is a two-time Emmy Award-winning editor.

She is a  professor of digital media production at Hamline University.

She has been producing aerial filming projects for major media clients since co-founding one of the very first aerial companies in Ireland in 2012.

  • Lies Bruines

Bruines Is a festival coordinator at Flickerfest, video producer at FirefLies Productions and program coordinator at Sydney film festival.

She is currently a member of the selection committee for the Dendy Awards Australia.

  • Nick Pette

Pette is the director of the New Zealand drone production and film company, Drone Under.

This production company operates across the globe to produce high-quality aerial films.

Pette is passionate about art, new technologies, and the aerospace Industry.

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