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All About Skyway Film Festival


This is what we are all about
Short Film – END OF WAR
Narrative Feature – THE SUFFERING
Documentary Feature – 3/12 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS
FL Short Film – LEAN
Narrative Feature – NIGHT OWLS
Short Sponsored by Indiepix – THE WHISPERS

We are looking for unique visions from the next great storytellers to bring to our audiences. Submit now!


Marketing, Screen Films, love film? Then join our 2015 Festival Team! Internships available as well.


Brand Integration using custom innovative and creative programs to engage your audience. Maximum exposure!


Erik Lunseth
Director: Executive & Operations

Erik Lunseth is a founder of the Skyway Film Festival. He served the last 4 years (2011- 2014) as a member of the Board of Directors for a top international film festival where he ran the film screening program and founded a screenplay competition. While championing the work of filmmakers and artists requires a global perspective, Erik facilitates the needs of internal and external partners with a hands-on role. Along with being an advocate for film visionaries, Erik is a writer, commercial and feature film actor and producer.

Joseph Restaino
Director: Artistic & Programming

Joe Restaino is a founder of the Skyway Film Festival. His work as a financial advisor to several in the entertainment industry led to his passion for film producing and film festivals. He is a recent alum of Independent Film Project(IFP) No Borders program at Lincoln Center, attends Sundance annually as an Industry Member and has been a guest juror at several film festivals. He overseas creative direction and has final decision on film programming for Skyway. As a programmer and consultant for several festivals, Joe solidifies World Premiere screenings and arranges appearances of some of the best independent filmmakers.

Wey Lin
Director: Interactive Marketing

Wey Lin is a founder of the Skyway Film Festival. She plays a central role in defining, promoting & communicating Skyway Film Festival’s branding strategy built around the needs of film industry artists, community supporters and festival attendees. Her film and entertainment industry experience includes programming at the top film festival in the Tampa Bay area and working as a program coordinator at the Cannes Film Festival. She currently is the promotions manager for Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival.

Jennifer Davidson
Director: Digital Communications

Jennifer Davidson is responsible for telling our story online in new and compelling ways which connect the community and all film artists to Skyway Film Festival. She works collaberatively with a wide range of partners to share our story, build awareness and increase attendance. With extensive experience executing marketing and communication strategies, Jennifer is also a CPA, MBA and is able to manage multiple initiatives at once. She currently is a creative partner with a top film festival.

Shana Nichols – Technical Director Melissa West – Festival Coordinator Karlie Loland – Events Coordinator Mattox Gardner – Programmer Mary Rachel Dudley – Programmer

Jorge Hermez
Director: Creative

Jorge Hermez is the owner of Go2 Creative, an ad agency which most recently worked on the creative roll-out for “Sex Ed”, a local independent film featured across the nation. When designing the Skyway Film Festival poster, he was inspired by the calm before the storm. That moment of clarity for creatives, where work really begins to flow – that crucial moment before developing a great idea.


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.


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


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


Making the impossible possible. That’s what Film does.

Festival tickets can be purchased at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in person, by phone or online by clicking the link below and choosing SKYWAY FILM FESTIVAL event name and then clicking SEARCH located to the right. Get your festival passes NOW!


Skyway Film Festival dates June 12-14, 2015. Program guides will be available in print and an online. See what’s playing NOW!

Filmmaker Info

Welcome Filmmakers! Skyway Film Festival partners with FilmFreeway for online film submissions.


Skyway Film Festival starts with a story but it doesn’t end there. From conversations with industry leaders and special guests to eclectic music from indie musicians, stand up comedy and live painting, Skyway Film Festival entertains and educates by offering something for everyone. And did we mention the PARTIES? Choose your event NOW!


The Skyway Film Festival will provide a wonderful “weekend getaway” for the brightest minds in the film and television industry. The Riverfront Courtyard Marriott is our host hotel and special festival rates are available. You must call the hotel property directly.


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 the relaxing atmosphere of a vacation.


BRADENTON, FL – MAY 27, 2015, The Skyway Film Festival announced today the over 50 narrative films, documentaries and shorts that will comprise the selection for the inaugural festival (June 12-14). The schedule will showcase initial offerings from first time directors in their feature film debuts as well as a wide array of documentaries and shorts.

Centerpiece of the festival will be a special Retrospective screening of The Blair Witch Project followed by a Q&A; with co-director Dan Myrick, moderated by Erik Lunseth, Executive Director of the Skyway Film Festival. The festival will also showcase their Skyway Labs, with discussions concentrating on the technical and creative necessities of filmmaking. These conversations with industry leaders and special guests will focus on subjects from film financing to distribution and directing from the female point of view (Film Fatales).

"As a film programmer, independent film producer and lover of Independent film, there is no word that can describe the level of excitement I have for showcasing the films we as a programming team have finalized for the inaugural Skyway Film Festival program. We set out to showcase works from new storytellers and we have done that. The strength is in its diverse program that brings films from all walks of life. From our Opening Night film which tells the story of the ultimate Dreamer through the Documentaries that focus on real world issues to the local flare of Florida Focus Features, we are proud to share the works of these new artists," said Joe Restaino, Artistic Director of Skyway Film Festival.

Grand Jury panelists will include Leslie Cohen, VP of Programming, HBO; Daniel Bort, President, Expression Entertainment; Andre Holland, Actor (The Knick/Selma); Ryan O’Nan, Actor/Writer (Ray Donovan/The Iceman); Dori Sperko (Sex Ed, XY); Lee Broda, Actor/Producer (Amnesiac/The Phenom); Caroline Connor, Producer (Chu and Blossom/Franny) and Michael Darrow, Editor (Albion: The Rise of Dannan/Casual Encounters).

As part of the screenplay competition, several finalists have been selected and will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their scripts. The teleplay Finalists include Runner by Edward Robinson; My Tuesday Dad by Annie Wood; Curb Your Enthusiasm ‘Accident’ by David Schroeder; Connections by Ross Somerville; Tinker, By Amy Neswald; Civil Rising by Kimberly Tompkins; Quixotic by Austin McKinley; Catalyst by Minoti Vaishnav, Razorhurst by Li Lu and Be True by Jon Hill.


Opening Night Selection: WALT BEFORE MICKEY Director: Khoa Le

Closing Night Selection: NO STRANGER THAN LOVE Director: Nicholas Wernham

A SORT OF HOMECOMING Director: Maria Burton

ACROSS THE SEA Directors: Esra Saydam & Nisan Dag

LAND OF LEOPOLD Director: Akis Konstantakopoulous

NIGHT OWLS Director: Charles Hood

THE SUFFERING Director: Robert Hamilton


WORTHY Director: Marianna Palka


BRADENTON, FL – JUNE 08, 2015, The Skyway Film Festival announces their “Teleplay” Final Four Finalists!

RAZORHURST Written By: Li Lu

QUIXOTIC Written By: Austin McKinley

ACCIDENT Written By: David J. Schroeder

BE TRUE Written By: Jon Michael Hill

Shark Tank: Teleplay finalist pitch their project to accomplished screenwriter Michael Lucker(Vampire in Brooklyn, Mulan II, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) and film producer and show runner Daniel Bort.

A lot of screenwriting teachers claim to teach what you need to make it in the movie biz – but how many of them have actually done it? Michael has penned more then twenty feature screenplays for studios such as Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox and Universal, including Vampire in Brooklyn, Home On the Range, Mulan II and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which was nominated for an Academy Award as best animated feature. At Screenwriter School, Michael will teach you how to go from first idea to first sale – the way only an experienced screenwriter can do it.

Jon Michael Hill from ABC’s “Elementary” at Skyway with his script “Be True”.

Skyway Music Cafe

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Friday, June 12

6:15pm Music Café: Muphin Men Bradenton
10:00pm Music Café: Jul Big Green

Saturday, June 13

5:00pm Music Café: Nick Roberts
6:30pm Music Café: Conner Zwetsch

Sunday, June 14

5:00pm Music Café: The Elephant in the Room

Skyway Labs

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Friday, June 12

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5:00pm Lab #1 Filmmakers Welcome! Distribution and Branding: A discussion with Susan Engel of PMK*BNC. LIMITED

Saturday, June 13

11:30am Lab #2 Film Fatales: Females Directors Discuss Filmmaking LIMITED
1:00pm Lab #3 Film Financing – Power Producers LIMITED
2:30pm Lab #4 Conversation Dan Myrick (The Blair Witch Project) LIMITED
4:00pm Lab #5 “Walt Before Mickey” The Story Behind the Making LIMITED

Sunday, June 14

1:15pm Lab #6 Shark Tank: Teleplay Pitch
2:45pm Lab #7 Conversation with Andre Holland (The Knick, Selma)