Film submissions for the 2020 Flyway Film Festival will open January 3, 2020 and run through May 15, 2020!

Flyway is an independent film festival along the shores of the Mississippi River in Pepin, Alma, and Stockholm, Wisconsin, USA with other locations to be announced for 2019. We are one of Moviemaker Magazine's 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World and located along one of the Huffington Post's Prettiest Drives in America!

The thirteenth annual Flyway Film Festival will take place October 8-11, 2020.

Film Submissions for the 2020 Flyway Film Festival are open from Jan. 3-May 15, 2020. *Take advantage of our Free Submission Period Jan. 3-31, 2020!*

Here are the rules:

1. Films that have been previously submitted to the Flyway Film Festival are not eligible.
2. Films must have been completed on or after December 31, 2018.
3. Films in theatrical release in Wisconsin or Minnesota prior to, or at the time of the festival (October 8-11, 2020) are not eligible.
4. Film screeners will only be accepted via FilmFreeway.
5. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
6. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
7. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
8. Student film entries must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc. and should be emailed at time of entry to with entry title in subject line of the email).

Overall Rating
  • Wendy Placko

    Flyway Film Festival is a wonderful festival featuring a range of local to international work. The programmers are delightful, the gatherings were fun, and I made amazing connections while attending.

    October 2019
  • Adam Olson

    Great festival! I'm happy that I was able to make at least for one day.

    October 2019
  • Flávio Simões

    It was an honor to attend the festival. Unfortunately I could not attend the event, but I followed everything over the internet and saw that it is an amazing festival and very organized. I wish you much success in the next editions!

    October 2019
  • Thomas C. Johnson

    Great work by folks at The Flyway. Super regional festival that gets better each and every year.

    May 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Thomas!! Hope to see you here again in October!

  • Jon Thomas

    This is my favorite festival. *****

    Flyway Film Festival is a filmmakers festival. Not only do they select the best films but they support up and coming filmmakers. They nurture filmmakers and bring them filmmakers in from all over the world. Flyway is where long term friendships are bonded and collaborations are made. From unique screening venues, to wisconsin hospitality, to filmmaker meet-ups, workshops, local eats, and filmmaker dinners flyway seems to always bring people together in a way other festivals can't. People gather from all walks of life from all over the world to celebrate film together. Did I mention the films are good, really good? Oh, and the after parties... ah, I'll save that for when you attend.

    October 2016