The 2016 Festival opens on Wednesday, October 19th with the annual Kickoff Gala at the Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin. Featuring food, libations, music, a keynote address, and the Festival awards ceremony, the Gala is a must-attend event for independent film aficionados and industry professionals alike. Join the Lake Pepin “glitterati” as we roll out the red carpet for our film friends from across the globe!
Get into the Flyway spirit at the Festival Kickoff Gala! Tickets are $40 online or at the door. Registered Gala guests are asked to check in at the Box Office at the Villa Bellezza Winery upon arrival.
The evening begins at 6:00 with an array of drinks and hors d’oeuvres catered by local restaurateurs. At 8:00 Stephanie Klett, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Wisconsin, will deliver the keynote address. Local filmmaker Louie Fisher will also give a presentation. Music by Eau Claire performer Jerrika Mighelle will begin at 9:00.
Following the keynote, Flyway director Rick Vaicius will present the Festival “Axe” awards, designed by Wisconsin sculptor David Culver.