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Flyway Film Festival takes flight


PEPIN , Wisc. (KTTC) -- The third annual Flyway Film Festival will host feature and short films until Sunday.

Pepin has a population of under a thousand yet it's garnering the attention of artists around the world.

"It was through a mutual friend, a filmmaker, who called me and said you gotta check this film festival out," Keynote Speaker Kelley Baker said.

This is due to the Flyway Film Festival, a four day event that shows more than 35 feature films and shorts.

"There are a lot of films we're going to be screening over the course of the weekend that you're not going to find on Netflix or on your cable service or even in the theatres," said Richard Vaicius, executive director of the Flyway Film Festival.

Over 400 filmmakers submitted at a chance of being accepted for the festival. Flyway chose ones from across the world to show alongside Minnesota and Wisconsin artists.

"It's a great opportunity to broaden your cultural horizons and come out and see something that you might not always be able to," Vaicius said.

Not only are more people hearing about Flyway but the town itself which overlooks Lake Pepin and the Mississippi river bluffs.

"I pulled into Pepin late last night so I didn't get to see it until earlier this morning and this is a beautiful town and the view of the lake is gorgeous," Baker said. "I'm from the west coast and I think people should come out here just to take in this wonderful town."

Vaicius went on to explain the reason behind the naming of the festival saying, "Flyway is an homage to the great migratory bird flyway that we live on here in Pepin and we thought it'd be great to kind of honor the wonderful great splendor that it is and pay tribute to this area and the community."

The film festival will continue until Sunday night.

You can buy your tickets online or at the box office. Tickets are $8 per film.

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