The Maui Film Festival has wrapped its eighteenth year of cinema-under- the-stars. Honoring Connie Britton, Pierce Brosnan, Karen Gillan and Freida Pinto, the 18th Annual Maui Film Festival took place June 21-25, 2017 at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, the Castle Theater at the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema located on Wailea Beach below the Four Seasons Maui and special events throughout the Wailea Resort.
In addition to the celebrity honorees, the schedule was packed with life-affirming films and fabulous events highlighting the culture, food, and beauty of Maui. This included award ceremonies honoring actors for outstanding achievements, more than 30 film screenings, and events offering a relaxing and enjoyable opportunity for festival goers to appreciate cinema in an unparalleled atmosphere.
Connie Britton was presented with the Navigator Award on June 21st. Freida Pinto was presented with the Shining Star Award on June 22nd. Pierce Brosnan was presented with the Pathfinder Award on June 23rd. Karen Gillan was presented with the Rising Star Award on June 24th.
About the Maui Film Festival
Barry Rivers founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000 as a festival committed to the celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart. The Festival’s mission has always been to share exceptional cinematic vision in the service of compassionate and transformative storytelling with a diverse audience who call Maui both their home and their home away from home.
Since its inception, the Maui Film Festival has screened more than 700 narrative and documentary feature length and short films from around the world to a diverse audience of industry luminaries, filmmakers, cineastes and movie lovers of all ages. Over the last 16 years the festival has been fortunate to honor such talents as Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Laura Dern, Zooey Deschanel, Viola Davis, Adam Driver, Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, Zac Efron, Colin Farrell, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Garrett Hedlund, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, James Marsden, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Evan Rachel Wood, among many others.