Flyway Film Festival

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The Flyway Film Festival is a film festival held annually in Pepin, Wisconsin, in late October.[1] Rick Vaicus is the founder of the festival.

Started in 2008, the Flyway Film Festival screens both short and feature-length films, dramatic, comedic and documentary.[2][3] Screenings are held at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Gallery and the Widespot Performing Arts Center in the Historic Stockholm Opera Hall.

In 2012 the festival started to use the new technique of crowd-funding to raise the funds for the 2012 festival.[4] The Festival hoped to raise $10,000 to cover the travel expenses of 120 film-makers and film experts. They reached their goal in September, 2012.

The opening 2008 Flyway Film Festival included notable films such as Speedy Delivery and Older Than America, an American Indian horror film that premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, produced by Christine Walker who also Line Produced American Splendor and whose recognitions include a Producer's Guild of America Diversity Award and the Sundance Producer's Institute Fellowship Award.[2]

The 2009 Flyway Film Festival debuted the International Zombie Summit, a genre-specific event of classic and cutting-edge independent zombie films, including Dead Snow, Colin, and Redneck Zombies, while standard programing in 2009 includes the Dutch drama Storm (film), which was much praised at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Francesco Quinn in the short The Gnostic.

In 2013 the 50 films the festival screened included The Rocket, and A Field in England.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dustin Hahn (2013-10-10). "Flyway Film Festival Returns". Volume One. Archived from the original on 2014-02-12. This annual festival features more than 50 film, filmmakers, panels for discussions, workshops for aspiring and devoted filmmakers, and plenty of food and live music. 
  2. ^ a b "The first Flyway Film Festival to held Oct. 10-12 in Pepin, Wisconsin". Vimooz. 2008-10-07. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2014-02.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Stacy Bengs-Silverberg (2014-10-06). "Taking it to the streets.." Red Wing Republican Eagle. Archived from the original on 2014-10-07. Brand new to this year’s Fall Festival of the Arts is the incorporation of Wisconsin’s popular Flyway Film Festival. Traditionally held in Pepin and Stockholm, Flyway has spread its wings to this side of the river. 
  4. ^ "Save Flyway!". Kickstarter. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-02-12. A good portion of the Festival’s yearly operating budget is dedicated to deliberate efforts to bring filmmakers, actors, and other film industry personnel from around the world into our community—to date, nearly 120 in total. In addition to screening their remarkable films to an accessible, appreciative audience of locals and visitors, Flyway has become a unique venue for these filmmakers to network and discuss projects and the “state of the industry” in the film world. 

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