Get into the Flyway spirit at the Festival Kickoff Gala!

Get into the Flyway spirit at the Festival Kickoff Gala!

The 2014 Flyway Film Festival opens on Thursday, October 23rd 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!

Villa wineThe evening begins at 6:00 with an array of drinks and hors d’oeuvres catered by local restaurateurs. At 8:00 award-winning producer Nicolas Gonda, one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch,” will give the keynote address. Gonda is co-founder of the rapidly-expanding company Tugg, Inc., a web platform that enables audiences to choose the films that play in their local theaters.

Fred Thornton and Jeremy Wilker

Producer Frederick Thornton and cinematographer Jeremy Wilker enjoy their 2013 Flyway Axe awards

Following the keynote, Flyway director Rick Vaicius will present the Festival “Axe” awards, designed by Wisconsin sculptor David Culver. The evening continues with music by the up-and-coming Minneapolis band Sun Gods to Gamma Rays. Called “restrained, powerful, potent and cool” by l’etoile Magazine, the band’s “trippy, ethereal sounds will make you want to get up and dance” (Minnesota Monthly).

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays

Full Festival Pass holders, Kickoff Gala ticket holders, and specially-invited Festival guests and sponsors are welcome at this event. Tickets are $35 here or at the door.

Registered Gala guests are asked to check in at the Box Office at the Villa Bellezza Winery upon arrival.

Festival passes on sale now; film lineup coming soon

Photo credit: visitpepincounty.comThe knock-your-socks-off film lineup is almost ready, festival passes are selling briskly, and the pies are in the oven as the villages along Lake Pepin spruce themselves up for the Flyway. We had a bit of a website disaster recently, but don’t panic: the little elves who work on that kind of thing, all of whom are volunteers, incidentally, are in their little workshops with their little hammers and wrenches putting everything back together. In the meantime, you can definitely buy your festival pass here and start anticipating the beauty and fun that is the FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL!

Last chance to get your Early Bird Pass!

Early BirdOne week left to get your Early Bird Pass for the 2014 Flyway Film Festival!

Until Sunday, August 31, a Full Festival Pass is only $80 and a Screening Pass is $50.

Regular prices resume on Monday, September 1 ($105 for a Full Festival Pass and $70 for a Screening Pass).

Buy yours quick before some other bird gets the worm!

Eventbrite - Earlybird Pass Sale- 2014 Flyway Film Festival

A Full Festival Pass includes:

– Admission to all film screenings
– Admission to the October 23 Flyway Kickoff Gala (including complimentary food, drink and live music)
– Admission to the Flyway Film Festival Lounge and official Flyway parties (as published in the Program Guide)
– Admission to all Flyway Film Festival panel discussions

A Screening Pass includes:

– Admission to any and all of the 2014 Flyway Film Festival screenings.

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