The festival’s name comes from its location on the Mississippi River Flyway, the longest bird migration corridor in the Western Hemisphere. That's why it's "flyway," see, not "fly away." A flyway is an actual thing.
Flyway Film Festival's mission is to bring the best in independent film to the Lake Pepin area of Wisconsin and Minnesota for the purposes of cultural enrichment, community-building, arts education, and to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
The festival venues are on the shores of Lake Pepin, a part of the Mississippi that widens to a 40-square-mile “lake” sixty miles downstream from the Twin Cities. The area is known for its scenic river bluffs as well as for its vibrant arts scene, gourmet dining, and sailing. The Great River Road, which runs along the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin, was named the “Prettiest Drive in America” by the Huffington Post.
The Flyway Film Festival seeks films that open our eyes to new ways of seeing the world: Films by directors with varied backgrounds and surprising viewpoints; films with strong and engaging storylines; films that present us with enlightening, hopeful perceptions of our fellow human beings.