If you're a film lover, you're going to want to pretty much camp out at the Manatee Performing Arts Center June 12-14.
The Skyway Film Festival has just announced the lineup for its first-ever festival. There are more than 50 films scheduled for the three-day festival. Obviously that includes a lot of short films, but there are plenty of feature-length narrative films and documentaries as well.
Most of the films are brand-new, getting their first area screenings. And at least one, the opening-night film "Walt Before Mickey," will have its world premiere at the festival.
"Walt Before Mickey," which was filmed in Florida, tells the story of Walt Disney's early life. It stars Thomas Ian Nicholas, John Heder and Jodie Sweetin.
The screening is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 12.
The film lineup concludes June 14 with the Florida premiere of "No Stranger Than Love," a science-fiction romance that stars Alison Brie and Colin Hanks.
Besides the dozens of new films, the festival also features a screening of the low-budget indie classic "The Blair Witch Project." Co-director Dan Myrick will be on hand for a Q&A session after the screening, which is slated for 9:20 p.m. June 13.
Besides films, the festival also includes celebrity appearances, concerts and parties, plus discussions and presentations aimed at filmmakers.
Tickets are on sale now. You can get single-event tickets, festival passes ($75) or packages that include selected events.
The full schedule is available at skywayfilmfestival.org. Tickets are available through the website, or at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Call 941-748-5875.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.