Organizers for the Skyway Film Festival have confirmed figures in the film world including director Dan Myrick (pictured) and actor Andre Holland will attend the inaugural event in June. Meanwhile, programmers are working to finalize the line-up of movies to be screened.
Today marks the last day filmmakers can submit entries for the festival. Organizers hope to showcase Florida films and a variety of quality narrative, documentary and short films. “Things are going great,” said executive director Erik Lunseth. “We couldn’t be happier with the support of the community.”
Joe Restaino, artistic director, said about 75 to 80 percent of the programming for the festival is already locked down. The festival is still looking for more submissions from Florida filmmakers, an important thing as the festival will make a conscious effort to connect Florida artists with industry insiders.
Myrick, director of The Blair Witch Project, will come to the event to discuss writing and directing independent film. He is currently working on his latest production, Under The Bed.
Meanwhile, film critic John Anderson (Variety, New York Times) will sit down with Holland for an event where the actor will discuss work in films like Selma and 42 and on television shows like The Knick.
The festival will also feature Ryan O’Nan, who can discuss work on Ray Donovan and Fargo.
Full programming will be announced later this month, but passes for the festival are already available on the event’s webs item, Lunseth said.