The Maui Film Festival at Wailea

The Maui Film Festival at Wailea, Maui has been an annual event since it was founded back in 2000 by Barry and Stella Rivers. With a wide range of events and ticket prices, anyone who wants to celebrate the wonderful world of feature films can take part!

The 2011 event will run from June 15-19, 2011, with film screenings held at 3 main venues: the Maui Arts and Cultural Center's spacious Castle Theatre, the more intimate McCoy Theater, and at the outdoor Celestial Cinema.

The Celestial Cinema sounds like it would provide a magnificent film-watching experience! It is situated on the stunning Wailea Gold and Emerald golf courses, and boasts a 50 foot wide screen with Dolby digital sound!

In 2010, for the very first time, this glorious outdoor cinema was the site of the festival's "Shining Star" award presentation. The 2010 winner was the talented Zac Efron. For 2011, the Shining Star award will go to 27-year-old actress Olivia Wilde! She has had featured roles in such movies as "Tron: Legacy," and "The Next Three Days." Her "Tron: Legacy" co-star, Garrett Hedlund will be the recipient of the Maui Film Fest's Rising Star Award.

Passes for 2011 range in price from $36 for the Rising Star Pass to $7450 for the Infinity VIP Patron Pass (on June 15, the cost of this pass will increase to $10000!) If that's a little rich for your budget, keep your eyes open for single screening tickets, which were available last year for the affordable price of only $10.

And nope... that's not a typo... the Infinity VIP Patron Pass really IS $7450!

Wondering what else is going on at the festival besides film screenings? Here is a listing of some of the events that are scheduled:

  • opening night Twilight Reception Capische? at Hotel Wailea
  • Starry Night MoonDance at Wailea's Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe
  • Taste of Chocolate at the Four Season's Resort Maui in Wailea
  • Taste of Wailea at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course's Golf Academy
  • Filmmakers Panels
  • last but not least... the Festival Tributes!

All in all, I think the Maui Film Festival should be a really fun event, and well-worth considering if you'll be on the "Valley Isle" during the festival's run.

For more information on 2011 Festival Passes, contact the Maui Film Fest at 808-579-9244, or check out their website. (Link will open in new window.)

More articles of interest:

1) Find out more about what Maui events are coming up on our Maui Events Calendar.

2) If you're thinking of attending the Maui Film Festival, you may want to read more about the Wailea, Maui area where so much of it takes place!

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