The “Cinema Under the Stars” is back again for its 20th annual film extravaganza, a spectacle that draws celebrities and film moguls from across the globe to Maui for five days each June.
Get ready for film premieres, filmmaker panels, special screenings, tributes, award ceremonies, culinary arts celebrations and private soirees at the Maui Film Festival, which kicks off on June 12. Filmmakers, actors and actresses will descend upon the Grand Wailea Resort for the event, celebrated as a premier festival for audiences, not just industry executives.
The festival replaces Hollywood’s traditional red carpets with beachfront film screenings under Maui’s starry night skies.
Filmmakers submit features and shorts to be screened over the five-day program, which are then narrowed down by programmers to a list of 50 that are shown during the event. Depending on the criteria for that year, programmers then choose filmmakers, actors and actresses for a number of awards.
This year, some of the feature films include, "Paige," "This Excellent Life," "Stuffed," "Wild Rose" and dozens of others. Celebrities including Paul Rudd, Maya Erskine and Awkwafina are among those who will be honored during the festival.
Photo of the Wailea Beach Path by Nick Hoke
Known as Hawai’i’s version of Sundance, the Maui Film Festival offers locals a chance to mingle with A-list celebrities and artists at decadent soirees, including the opening night’s Twilight Reception at the Grand Wailea and its Taste of Summer, one of Maui’s most celebrated culinary events. Or, join Maui’s finest pastry chefs at the Taste of Chocolate, one of the festival’s most popular parties.
Photo of Taste of Chocolate
Want to buy tickets? Visit www.MauiFilmFestival.com for more information about the celestial cinema and accompanying culinary events.