SUNY Broome Communications Chairman Jason De Trani, Co-ordinator Tim Skinner and Instructor Ed Evans spent part of their summer playing a critical role as judges for the New York State Fair’s first-ever New York State Fair Drone Film Festival.
The three SUNY Broome instructors were among the 10-judge panel of educators and media industry professionals who screened and rated the 83 films, submitted by filmmakers from as far away as Spain, Australia and Africa. More than half of the films came from New York State based filmmakers.
“The role that each of these judges played, both individually and collectively was vital to the festival,” said Mike Massurin, Managing Director of the NYS Fair Drone Film Festival. “You get lots of submissions, but it is up to the judges to decide which films make it through to the final cut.”
One of the Student Films submitted to the Drone Festival was from recent SUNY Broome graduate Jiongzhen “Wilson” Chen (May ’17) who submitted his 2016 short film of a drone tour of the SUNY Broome campus.
A special film screening and awards ceremony will be held during the State Fair in Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Home and Arts Building. About a dozen of the winning films will be screened during that event, Massurin said.
“Anytime you have a pioneer event like this it is neat because you don’t ever get that first time to do something over again,” Massurin said. “Our festival is really highlighting an exciting new way of making films and it also talking about the significance businesses in Central New York are playing in the world of drones worldwide.”