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Mission

This is what we are all about
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Our Story

Skyway Film Festival is a new storytellers festival taking place in beautiful Bradenton, FL. It will showcase the craft of filmmaking by advocating the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and all artists who use the medium of film and television to bring art alive.

The festival inspires to bring a new cultural experience to the area that will resonate throughout the community. The beauty and charm of the Gulf Islands: Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key will be the "Hollywood" backdrop that showcases the works of filmmakers from all over the world. The goal of the festival itself is to combine the excitement and experience of Hollywood with a setting that makes you feel like you are on vacation.

The festival has partnered with the beautiful, waterfront Manatee Performing Arts Center to showcase our program and host our industry Q&A panels and workshops.

Team

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Experience

The organizers have been a part of other successful film festivals, produce independent films and travel to festivals all over the World to bring their knowledge to make Skyway a worthwhile film festival for filmmakers and audiences. The Skyway Film Festival team looks to capitalize on industry relationships to make it a must-attend fest!

The premiere entertainment communication and marketing firm PMK*BNC has partnered with Skyway to bring their breadth of contacts and assets to the festival. The festival inspires to bring a new cultural experience to the area that will resonate throughout the community.

Grand Jury

Arts industry individuals bring their expertise to award the winners of the festival.

Dori Sperko, (Sex Ed, XY)
Ryan O'Nan, Actor/Writer (Ray Donovan, The Iceman)
Daniel Bort, Expression Entertainment, President
Andre Holland, Actor (The Knick/Selma)
Leslie Cohen, HBO, VP of Programming
Lee Broda, Actor/Producer (Amnesiac/The Phenom)
Caroline Connor, Producer (Chu and Blossom/Franny)
Michael Darrow, Editor (Albion: The Rise of Danann/Casual Encounters)
Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
Julie La'Bassiere, BAFTA, CEO
Festival Advisors
Dori Sperko, Sundance Catalyst Producer
Ryan O'Nan, Actor, Director, Writer
Paul Wilson, Wilson Media & Advertising
Marian Koltai-Levine, PMK*BNC, Executive VP
Leslie Cohen, HBO, VP of Programming
Debbie Meihls, Bradenton Area Film Commission
Elliott Falcione, Bradenton Area CVB, Executive Director
Heather Rae, Academy Nominated Producer
Julie La'Bassiere, BAFTA, CEO

Attend

Making the impossible possible. That's what Film does.
A Great story Builds a great community

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Sponsors

Enrich & Sustain the Experience
As a filmmaker there are not many other festivals that comes close to this. This team really understands the main purposes of film.
Gary H.
Filmmaker
We are very excited about bringing film to the Bradenton community.
Barbara M.
Local Business Owner
Wow, my passion is to work in the film industry. Interning for Skyway Film Festival will make it easy for me to get valuable experience.
Jessica G.
Student

Contact

Get in touch with us
813.765.5290
Media Inquiries & Press Credentials: pr@skywayfilmfestival.org
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