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Nick Robinson to Receive 2018 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award

June 4, 2018, 8:23 AM HST
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Nick Robinson will receive the 2018 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award.

The announcement was made today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival, which takes place from June 13-17, 2018, at the Wailea Resort on Maui.

The Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award honors a young film artist whose every role, even in his or her formative years, surprises, enthralls and delights audiences of every age.

Previous honorees include Scott Eastwood, Karen Gillan, Garrett Hedlund, Brie Larson, Teresa Palmer, Kelly Rohrbach and Wyatt Russell.

The award will be presented on Thursday, June 14, at the Celestial Cinema, located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course. Tickets and passes are available at


“Again this year, the Maui Film Festival went on a treasure hunt to find a young film artist, in the ascendancy of their career, and who we believe is destined for greatness. Who did we find? We found Nick Robinson, the festival’s 2018 Rising Star,” said Rivers. “We’re willing to bet the farm on him. Just wait and see.”


Nick Robinson was most recently seen starring as the title character in Fox 2000’s Love, Simon, directed by Greg Berlanti. Prior to this, Nick starred in the Warner Bros./MGM romantic drama Everything, Everything, opposite Amandla Stenberg and directed by Stella Meghie.

In 2016, Robinson was seen starring opposite Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber in Sony’s The 5th Wave, directed by J Blakeson. That same year, Nick starred as the title character opposite Common and Morgan Saylor in Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie. In 2015, Robinson starred opposite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal’s Jurassic World.

In 2013, Nick was the talk of the Sundance Film Festival, garnering attention for his starring role in CBS Films’ The Kings of Summer, which was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.


Other select film credits include the upcoming Strange But True, opposite Amy Ryan, Brian Cox, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear, as well as starring opposite Rosario Dawson, Kathy Bates and Felicity Huffman in the independent feature Krystal, which was directed by William H. Macy. On the television side, Nick is best known for his scene-stealing role in the award-winning HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.

The Maui Film Festival was founded by Rivers in 2000 as a festival committed to the celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart. The Festival’s mission is 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 750 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 17 years the festival has honored such talents as Elizabeth Banks, Connie Britton, Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Laura Dern, Zooey Deschanel, Viola Davis, Adam Driver, Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, Zac Efron, Colin Farrell, Andrew Garfield, Karen Gillan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Woody Harrelson, Garrett Hedlund, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, James Marsden, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Freida Pinto, Emma Roberts, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, and Evan Rachel Wood, among many others.

The 2018 Maui Film Festival Wailea is made possible by support of a number of local, national and international organizations. As of May 15, 2018, this year’s Official Sponsors include Signature Sponsors: Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Praise Genius; Major Sponsors: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Fairmont Kea Lani, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea, Residence Inn Maui at Wailea, The Shops At Wailea, Wailea Beach Resort, Wailea Gateway Center, Wailea Golf Club Gold & Emerald Courses; Sponsorship ʻOhana: Mana Foods, Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine, Pacific Media Group, Spago, Stella Artois; Industry Sponsors: Getty Images, Hawaiʻi Film Office, The Hollywood Reporter, IMDB, Picture Mill, Reel Maui / Maui Film Office, Variety, The Works Creative Group; Media Partners: Maui Now, Modern Luxury Hawaiʻi, The Maui News, Akakū: Maui Community Media, Hawaiʻi Public Radio, KAOI Radio Group, Maui Time and WHERE Hawaiʻi.

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