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2017 Maui Film Festival Complete Lineup

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Entering its eighteenth year of cinema-under-the-stars, the 2017 Maui Film Festival announced its full lineup of honorees, screenings and special events happening June 21-25, 2017 in Wailea.

Celestial Cinema. File image credit: Randy Jay Braun via Maui Film Festival.

Taking place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course, the Castle and McCoy Theater at the state-of-the-art Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, and the Toes in the Sand Cinema, located on Wailea Beach behind the Four Seasons Maui, the festival will offer a full schedule of screenings and special events throughout the Wailea Resort. Award ceremonies throughout the festival will honor Connie Britton, Pierce Brosnan, Karen Gillan and Freida Pinto

In addition to star-studded ceremonies, the schedule is packed with screenings of life-affirming films, inspiring filmmakers, and fabulous events that will highlight the culture, food, and beauty of Maui.

“Simply put, the Maui Film Festival is a beautiful place. While enjoying great films, the sand between your toes, fantastic food and libation celebrations, you can reconnect with what matters most in life,” said Rivers. “Surrounded by the natural beauty of Maui and playing a little cosmic pinball with the universe at screenings and parties under-the-stars is a truly unique way to see the world through new eyes.”

This year’s schedule includes awards, film screenings, and culinary and cultural events:




Connie Britton Honored with the 2017 Navigator Award at the Celestial Cinema
Wednesday, June 21, 8 p.m.
Connie Britton will be presented with the Navigator Award, which honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing their fundamental commitment to excellence.

Freida Pinto Honored with the Shining Star Award at the Celestial Cinema
Thursday, June 22, at 8 p.m.
Freida Pinto will be presented with the Shining Star Award, which honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.

Pierce Brosnan Honored with the Pathfinder Award at the Celestial Cinema
Friday, June 23, at 8 p.m.
Pierce Brosnan will be presented with the Pathfinder Award, which honors a film artist whose eclectic choices and charismatic performances encourage us all to expand our definition of what it means to be human.


Karen Gillan Honored with the Rising Star Award at the Celestial Cinema
Saturday, June 24, at 8 p.m.
Karen Gillan will be presented with the Rising Star Award, which honors a young film artist whose every role — even in their formative years — surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.


Taste of Summer Opening Night Party, co-hosted by Grand Wailea
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Wailea
Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Official Launch Party of the Maui Film Festival continues to set the bar high for its culinary artistry and beyond-creative cocktails. This promises to be an even more unforgettable event in 2017.

Taste of Chocolate, co-hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
WHEN: Friday, June 23, at 10 p.m.
WHERE: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for lovers of chocolate! Dress up and experience the extraordinary flavors and sensual experience known as the Taste of Chocolate.

Taste of Wailea, co-hosted by Hawaiian Airlines
WHEN: Saturday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: David Leadbetter Private Golf Academy at Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses
The ‘TOW’ is both the granddaddy of all Festival parties and the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Festival’s Culinary Arts Celebrations. In short, “The Best of The Best of Wailea’s Best Chefs.”


Wednesday, June 21
8 p.m. – Beatriz at Dinner
10 p.m. – Grand Unified Theory

Thursday, June 22
8 p.m. – The Big Wave Project: A Band of Brothers
10 p.m. – Charged: The Story of Eduardo Garcia

Friday, June 23
8 p.m. – Kuleana
10 p.m. – Poisoning Paradise followed by Given

Saturday, June 24, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines
8 p.m. – Dean
10 p.m. – Class Rank

Sunday, June 25th
8 p.m. – Proximity
9 p.m. – Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton followed by Fishpeople


Satuday, June 24
3 p.m. – A Family Man
5 p.m. – The Trip to Spain
7 p.m. – Mantra: Sounds of Silence preceded by Wheel of Life
9 p.m. – Fits & Starts preceded by Lemon

Sunday, June 25
3 p.m. – Holy (Un)Holy River preceded by Ram Das, Going Home and Awarewolf
5 p.m. – Heal preceded by Victor & Isolina
7 p.m. – Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Man Who Started it All preceded by Love Unleashed


Thursday, June 22
8 p.m. – Short Film Showcase

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.

The 2017 Maui Film Festival Wailea is made possible by the continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations. As of June 1, 2017, this year’s Official Sponsors include, LEAD SPONSOR: Hawaiian Airlines; SIGNATURE SPONSOR: Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority; MAJOR SPONSORS: Andaz Maui Wailea Resort ~ Fairmont Kea Lani ~ Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ~ Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort ~ Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux ~ Residence Inn Maui Wailea ~ The Shops At Wailea ~ Wailea Beach Resort ~ Wailea Gateway Center ~ Wailea Golf Club; SPONSORSHIP ‘OHANA: Hawaiʻi Life, Mana Foods, Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine, Maui Solar Project, Pacific Media Group, Spago, Stella Artois; INDUSTRY SPONSORS: County of Maui, Getty Images, Hawaiʻi Film Office, The Hollywood Reporter, IMDB, Picture Mill, Reel Maui/Maui Film Office, Variety, The Works Creative Group; MEDIA PARTNERS: Akaku: Maui Community Media, Hawaii Public Radio, KAOI Radio Group, The Maui News, Maui Now, Maui Time, Modern Luxury Hawaiʻi, and WHERE Hawaii; SKYSCRAPER & PANORAMA SPONSORS: Blue Ginger, Fleetwood’s on Front Street, The Greek Oven Maui, Home Remedies, HomeWorld Furniture, Maverick Events, OfficeMax Services Center, South Maui Animal Clinic, MEDISPA, SlumberWorld, SmileHawaiʻi, THEE Salon, TRILOGY, TS Restaurants; KAMAʻAINA ʻOHANA: Akina Aloha Tours, A2P/Art 2 Print Hawaiʻi, AVS, Cornerstone Risk Management, Gannon’s, Hawaii Magazine, Honua Kai, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui Economic Development Board; Paradise Self-Storage, Wailea Resort Association, Whole Foods;

For additional information, call the Film Festival Headquarters at (808) 579-9244.  Tickets and passes are available at

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