Ninth Annual Flyway Film Festival October 19 - 23, 2016

tickets and passes available soon

Flyway Volunteers of the Year!

What’s fun about volunteering for the Flyway Film Festival?

Moua and Thomas

Sarah Moua and Macy Thomas

“The gathering of great people,” says Tim Nomeland, one of three winners of the 2014 Flyway “Volunteers of the Year” award. “I always leave Flyway enlightened, happy, and five pounds heavier from all the amazing food — despite my attempts to dance it off.”

Nomeland is a familiar face at the Flyway Film Festival: he’s volunteered every year since 2009. Sarah Moua and Macy Thomas, both students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, also received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. Winners were selected by patron and staff nomination for their outstanding attitudes, commitment, and customer service during the 2014 festival.

Volunteer activities range from ticket sales to film projection to crowd-wrangling. According to Diana Vaicius, Operations Manager for the annual event, it’s the volunteers who really make or break the atmosphere of a festival.

Tim Nomeland

Tim Nomeland

“Film-goers are an engaged, enthusiastic, and demanding bunch,” says Vaicius, “and the presence of friendly, well-informed volunteers is crucial. We’ve been lucky to have such a wonderful group of volunteers each year.”

Sarah Moua, who has volunteered for the past two years, says she does it because she likes meeting film people and learning what they’re working on. “And it’s a blast being at the after-parties and seeing everyone get loose,” she adds.

Information about volunteering for the 2015 Flyway Film Festival will be available soon on this website, or contact Diana Vaicius at

Flyway announces new 2015 Seed&Spark short film competition

Flyway announces new 2015 Seed&Spark short film competition

Seed&Spark, a cutting-edge crowdfunding and digital distribution platform for independent film, will select and award the top two short films at the 2015 Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin. The two winners will be picked from the top five short films accepted for inclusion in the festival, chosen in collaboration with a panel of Flyway jurors.

In addition to the prestigious “Flyway Ax,” a stone sculpture presented to all award-winners at the annual film festival, the winning filmmakers will receive:

  • $500 toward their next Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaigns (on campaigns of $7500 or more).
  • Individual crowdfunding and audience-building consultation with Seed&Spark experts.
  • Eligibility to distribute with Seed&Spark’s major media partners.
  • Transportation and lodging for the winning filmmakers to attend the 2015 Flyway Film Festival.
Seed&Spark's Erica Anderson with keynote speaker Nick Gonda at the 2014 Flyway opening night gala

Seed&Spark’s Erica Anderson with keynote speaker Nick Gonda at the 2014 Flyway opening night gala

In addition, Seed&Spark will create a Flyway channel on the Seed&Spark website to stream the top five short films, offering the films to thousands of viewers.

To submit a film for consideration, click here.

Rick Vaicius, executive director of the Flyway Film Festival, is enthusiastic about collaborating with Seed&Spark. “They’re a major new force in the independent film world,” says Vaicius. “We’re excited that they’re giving an extra hand to the up-and-coming filmmakers we bring to the Flyway.”

Seed&Spark has played a role at the Flyway Film Festival for the past two years: the company’s founder, Emily Best, was the keynote speaker in 2013, and Seed&Spark crowdfunding director Erica Anderson held a sold-out workshop at the Flyway in 2014.

“Flyway is an American gem of a festival,” says Seed&Spark’s Emily Best, “with exceptional, interesting programming and the chance to really meet, be together, watch films, and learn from each other. We’re thrilled to be able to present the Flyway Ax as a part of a slate of excellent shorts we cannot wait to find, promote, and distribute.”

All short films, both documentary and narrative, are eligible for the Seed&Spark award. Film submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2015 at

About the Flyway Film Festival

The eighth annual Flyway Film Festival runs October 21-25, 2015 in Pepin, Stockholm, and Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, with additional dates to be announced in Red Wing, Minnesota. Over 50 national and international independent films will be shown in four venues, with many filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance to interact with audiences via Q&A and networking events.

The festival venues are approximately a 60-minute drive from Rochester, Minnesota or Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 85 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

For more information, please visit or contact Rick Vaicius at (855) 800-8008 / / Facebook: Flyway Film Festival / Twitter: @flywayfilmfest.

About Seed&Spark

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowdfunding, production, and streaming distribution. Every time an audience member supports the making of a moving picture project (funding, following, sharing) they earn “Sparks” which can be redeemed to watch movies on the streaming platform. Supporting films lets you watch more films: It’s the new ecosystem for filmmakers & audiences!

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