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2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winners Announced

Congrats to every one of the 2015 Maui Film Festival filmmakers for your incredible works!

Below are the 2015 Audience Award Winners:

Love & Mercy Audience Award Winner at 2015 Maui Film Festival

Love & Mercy

Racing Extinction, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Racing Extinction

The Wave I Ride, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

The Wave I Ride: Paige Alms’ Story

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Kahlil GIbran’s The Prophet

The Search for Freedom, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

The Search for Freedom

Pretend We're Kissing, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Pretend We’re Kissing (tie)

Tenured, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Tenured (tie)

Landfill Harmonic, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Landfill Harmonic

10,000 KM, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

10.000 KM

Eadweard, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner


Capital C, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner


The Gnomist, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

The Gnomist

The Gunfighter, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner


The Looking Planet, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

The Looking Planet

Visions in the Dark - 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

Red Earth Calling, 2015 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner

Red Earth Calling


10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about the 2014 Maui Film Festival

FAQ #1:
Have 6 Films in the Printed Flyer Changed their Listed Time Slots?

Film Changes
Yes. All of the changes are listed below.



FAQ #2: When Will Festival Passes Savings End?

Festival Passes, priced starting at $48, are discounted 10% to 20% through Tuesday, June 3rd. Prices will be higher on Wednesday, June 4th. 
 your passes today!

View full list of
 Passes and Benefits >

FAQ #3: Is the Celestial Cinema Happening this Year?

Absolutely! 5 Nights of Terrific Double Features.
View full list of Celestial Cinema Films >
Kids 12 & Under Free on Wednesday Night 6/4  &  Surf Film Night on 6/5.
For Adults Only (18 & Over). Award presentation to Joe Manganiello on Friday, June 6th at 10:00pm before his new documentary La Bare.

FAQ #4: Are Complimentary Shuttles and Parking Happening?

Absolutely! As always, parking will be at the Special Event Parking Area on Wailea Iki Drive. The shuttle service from the Special Event Parking is for Celestial Cinema, Opening Night Twilight Reception and Taste of Wailea.For the Seaside Cinema, complimentary valet parking will be provided at the Grand Wailea Resort.View Shuttle and Parking details for all venues and events >

FAQ #5: What is the Seaside Cinema? 

Our New Venue outdoors @ Grand Wailea. It Features Complimentary Valet Parking. And Comfy Seating Too!  Fairly priced.  Great Value! Opens Nightly @6:30pm. Live Music @7pm.  Tributes (on most nights) @7:30pm.  Film Premiere @8:00pm. Open to All. Mouth Watering Meals and Decadent Desserts Available.  No Host Bar for 21 & Over Only.  Photo ID Required.  View Seaside Cinema schedule >

FAQ #6: Is Taste of Wailea Sold Out?

Yes. Taste of Wailea single tickets and Stardust Passes are sold out. However, Cosmos Passes and VIP Patron Passes which include the Taste of Wailea and are still available.30% Special Savings are still available until the day before the events for the Opening Night Twilight Reception (Wed., June 4) at Capische? and Taste of Chocolate (Friday, June 6) at the Four Seasons for $125 each in advance (or $175 if available at-the-door). Why not get tickets now?  

FAQ #7: Do Films Ever Sell Out?

In 14 Years, Never. That said, the Best Way to help ensure that won’t ever happen to you/us is to purchase your Tickets or Festival Pass in advance and to arrive 20 minutes in advance of the event you are attending.

FAQ #8: Will Food, Beverages and Treats be Available for Purchase?

Yes.Celestial Cinema: 
Gannon’s Restaurant prepares a mouth-watering array of options for sale at the Celestial Cinema. Nightly offerings will include salads, wraps, sandwiches, and delicious hot dinners, including vegetarian options. Snack items ranging from popcorn to candy will also be available. Celestial Cinema is an alcohol-free venue. Soft drinks and bottled water will be available.Seaside Cinema:
Grand Wailea chefs will be offering an array of gourmet picnic baskets and desserts. No outside food or beverages allowed. No Host Bar 21 & Over.

Maui Arts & Cultural Center:
June 4 (Wed): Pre-show dinner by Monsoon India [menu]
June 5 (Thu): Pre-show dinner by Three’s Bar & Grill [menu]
June 6 (Fri): Pre-show dinner by Monsoon India [menu]
June 7 (Sat): Pre-show dinner by AK’s Cafe [menu]
June 8 (Sun): Pre-show dinner by Star Anise Indian Cuisine [menu]

Special Events Menus:
Opening Night Twilight Reception (Wednesday, June 4)
Taste of Chocolate (Friday, June 6)
Taste of Wailea (Saturday, June 7) 

FAQ #9: There’s So Much to Do, I’m Confused. What should I Do?

Festival-at-a-Glance ScheduleBest way is to simply take the time to view the Festival’s Film & Events Page where trailers for all this year’s films and comprehensive information about everything else being offered can be found.You can also download and view the Festival-at-a-Glance Schedule to mark the films and events of interest.Enjoy the Journey and the Destination and the Festival and The Ride!

FAQ #10: What Are the 2015 Maui Film Festival Wailea Dates?

June 3-7, 2015. Hope to see you at the festival again next year!

Hawaiian Airlines Presents New “Seaside Cinema” Venue at the Grand Wailea

Maui Film Festival Seaside Cinema Presented by Hawaiian Airlines at the Grand WaileaThe Maui Film Festival has revealed that their newest venue, the Seaside Cinema Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge, which is presented by Hawaiian Airlines and hosted by the Grand Wailea, will be screening five this summer’s most buzz-worthy films from June 4th – 8th.

Complimentary Valet Parking will be available courtesy of the Grand Wailea, which will offer special Dinner and a Show at Bistro Molokini and Humuhumunukunukuapua’a packages as well as individual box dinners for purchase at the venue.

The Seaside Cinema is open to all and complimentary chairs will be provided.  Those 21 & over with a photo I.D. will also be able to purchase cocktails, beer and wine at the venue. (NOTE: SEATING PROVIDED, no outside F&B, chairs or blankets permitted.)

For a limited time only, special ‘Seaside Cinema 2-Film VIP Pass‘ savings are available.  Each pass ($80) provides two admissions to the venue.  Guests will also enjoy live music prior to all night’s festivities and on many nights there will also be an Intimate Conversation or Tribute to a film industry luminary. Special event tickets are also now on sale at reduced rates for a limited time.

To learn about the first five films showing at the Seaside Cinema venue, check out our recent lineup announcement.

hawaiian_airlines_3_106376Grand Wailea

UPDATED: Five Films Announced for New ‘Seaside Cinema’ Venue at Grand Wailea

And a drum roll please! We’re excited to share our first five films of the 2014 Maui Film Festival at Wailea!


Below are the first five movies showing at our brand new venue, the Seaside Cinema Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge presented by Hawaiian Airlines at the Grand Wailea.

1. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Movie PosterFirst up is Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a film directed by Mike Myers, about the legendary Maui entertainment and culinary industry maven whose friends and clients are a virtual who’s who of household names and revered talent.

Supermensch will screen on Opening Night, Wednesday, June 4th at 8:00pm at the Seaside Cinema, located on the Chapel Lawn of the Grand Wailea and will be preceded by a Maverick Award Tribute to Shep Gordon.

2. Magic Men
Magic Men Screens at Seaside Cinema at the Maui Film Festival



3. Frank vs. God


4. The Grand Seduction

The Grand SeductionThe Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar (Last Night) starring Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch on Saturday, June 7th at Seaside Cinema.

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.

5. Cuban Fury

Cuban FuryCuban Fury directed by James Griffiths and starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd and Rashida Jones on Sunday, June 8th at Seaside Cinema.

Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click – Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury!

From the team that brought you Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul, Cuban Fury is the hilarious, feel-good and must-see “dance comedy” of the summer. The film’s cast includes an ensemble of great British comedy talent including Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane and Kayvan Novak.

2013 Maui Film Festival Audience Awards Announced

The 2013 Maui Film Festival at Wailea held from June 12-16, 2013 announced it’s Festival winners today.

2013 Maui Film Festival Award Winners

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

The Way, Way Back

Short Term 12

Haute Cuisine

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

(3-way tie)
Muscle Shoals
Spinning Plates
The Short Game



Summer Bummer

Kaulana Nā Pua

Se Vende Perro Que Habla: 10 Eoros

Congratulations to all Audience Award winners!



Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson to Receive Awards During Event, June 12th – 16th


Photo by Randy Jay Braun. Copyright 2011.

Wailea, HI (June 5, 2013) – Entering its much anticipated fourteenth year of cinema-under-the-stars, the 2013 Maui Film Festival announced its line up of honorees, screenings and special events taking place June 12-16, 2013 in Wailea. Taking place 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 Seaside Cinema located between the Four Seasons Maui and the Grand Wailea, the festival will offer a full schedule of screenings and special events throughout the Wailea Resort. Award ceremonies throughout the festival will honor Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Eddie Aikau and Nainao Thompson.

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. Tickets and passes for the festival are on-sale now at

“After fourteen years of being the Curator of the Maui Film Festival, there has not been a schedule I’m more proud of,” said Festival Director Barry Rivers. “This year’s festival aims to have a program that intersects smart and heart.”

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


The following events below will all take place at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course on the specified dates:

  • Eddie Aikau and Nainoa Thompson Honored with Visionary Awards Wednesday, June 12th at 8:00 PM. Eddie Aikau (represented by family members) and Nainoa Thompson will be presented with the Visionary Award for living lives beyond limits, outside of fear.Following the presentation will be the Opening Night screening of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau – the Hawaii premiere of the film.
  • Jessica Chastain Honored with the Nova Award Saturday, June 15th at 8:00 PM Jessica Chastain will be presented with the Nova Award, which honors a film artist whose stunningly original and seamless performances consistently infuse each character they play with unique insight and wisdom.
  • Brie Larson Honored with the Rising Star Award Sunday, June 16th at 8:00 PM Brie Larson will be presented with the Rising Star Award, which honors a young film artist for daring to dream big dreams and then delivering brilliant performances when opportunity knocks.


Opening Twilight Reception at Capische? co-hosted by Modern Luxury Hawaii
WHEN: June 12 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Capische? at Hotel Wailea. 
Kick off the 14th annual Maui Film Festival where Northern Italy meets Southern France at the top of Wailea. Let Capische?’s award winning chefs wow you with truly unique, inventive, and delicious selections complimented by refreshing Stella Artois beer, fine wines by Johnson Brothers of Hawaii, and Pau Maui Vodka Specialty Cocktails.

Taste of Chocolate co-hosted by Variety
WHEN: June 14 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Maui Film Festival’s over-the-top event for chocolate lovers! Eat it, drink it, love it. Dress up and experience the never-been-there, never-had-that, extraordinary flavors and sensual experience that is the Taste of Chocolate.

Taste of Wailea co-hosted by ‘where HAWAII’
WHEN: June 15 at 4:30 PM
WHERE: David Leadbetter Private Golf Academy at Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses
The crown jewel event of Maui Film Festival’s culinary arts celebrations, the 14th annual Taste of Wailea will be presented by Wailea Resort’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by a delicate assortment of fine wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, refreshing Stella Artois beers on draft, and Pau Maui Vodka Speciality Cocktails.

Soiree at Spago VIP Party presented by Maui No Ka Oi
WHEN: June 15 at 10:00 PM
WHERE: Spago at Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
Party with Maui’s Premier magazine at this exclusive event. Enjoy mouth-watering morsels, specialty cocktails, and access to the Ultra VIP Lounge.


Wednesday, June 12th 8:10 PM – Hokule’a’s Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom, Ocean Connections, Global Lesson. 8:20 PM – It’s Really The Simple directed by Scott Stulberg 8:30 PM – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau directed by Sam George 10:00 PM – Islands of Sanctuary directed by Christopher McLeod followed by Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea directed by Mary Lambert and preceded by Kaulana Na Pua

Thursday, June 13th 8:00 PM – Drift directed by Ben Nott and Mordan O’Neil; preceded by Summer Bummer directed by Bill Plympton and Sine Qua Non: The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing with Greg Long directed by Richard Yelland 10:00 PM – Isolated directed by Justin Le Pera; preceded by Tandem directed by Jared Hillman

Friday, June 14th 8:00 PM – I Give It a Year directed by Dan Mazer; preceded by Broken Up directed by Ben Tolpin 10:00 PM – Big Sur directed by Michael Polish; preceded by El Lago directed by Jennifer Nicle Stang and Illusion directed by Jessica Hester

Saturday, June 15th 8:00 PM – Middleton directed by Adam Rogers; preceded by Abandoned directed by Rainer Magik and Well Enough Alone directed by Heath Cullens 10:00 PM – See Girl Run directed by Nate Meyer; preceded by Merci Beaucoup Bradley Cooper directed by Anne-Christine Caro and Se Vende Perro Que Habla: 10 Euros directed by Lewis-Martin Soucy.

Sunday, June 16th 8:00 PM – The Short Game directed by Josh Greenbaum; preceded by Slomo directed by Joshua Izenberg. 10:00 PM – Tiger Eyes directed by Lawrence Blume; preceded by A Knock on My Door directed by David Chai.


Wednesday, June 12th 2:00 PM – Heart of the Country directed by John Ward 4:00 PM – Spinning Plates directed by Joseph Levy 6:00 PM – Unfinished Song directed by Paul Andrew Williams; preceded by Kama Sutra King directed by Benjamin Jones 8:00 PM – 20 Feet From Stardom directed by Morgan Neville; preceded by Kalle Petit Vampire directed by Regina Pessoa

Thursday, June 13th 4:00 PM – Much Ado About Nothing directed by Joss Whedon 6:00 PM – Thanks For Sharing directed by Stuart Blumberg 8:00 – The East directed by Zal Batmanglij

Saturday, June 15th 12:00 PM – The Boy Who Smells Like Fish directed by Analeine Cal y Mayor ; preceded by A Tangled Tale directed by Corrie Frances Parks 2:00 PM – One Small Hitch directed by John Burgess 4:00 PM – More Than Honey directed by Markus Imhoof 6:00 PM – Muscle Shoals directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier 8:00 PM – My Awkward Sexual Adventure directed by Sean Garrity

Sunday, June 16th 12:00 PM – The Record Breaker directed by Brian McGinn followed by Inocente directed by Sean Fine & Albie Hecht and Cavedigger directed by Jeffrey Karoff 2:00 PM – The Fruit Hunters directed by Yung Chang 4:00 PM – Haute Cuisine directed by Christian Vincent 6:00 PM – Short Term 12 directed by Destin Cretton 8:00 PM – The Way, Way Back directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

SEASIDE CINEMA SCREENINGS sponsored by Whole Foods

Saturday, June 15th 8:00 PM – Sancity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm directed by Blis Hanousek DeVault; followed by Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert directed by Thomas Wiewandt.


Adam Rogers (Middleton), Analeine Cal Y Mayo (The Boy Who Smells Like Fish), Ben Tolpin (Broken Up), Christopher Legget (The Short Game), Destin Cretton (Short Term 12), Geoff Clark (Isolated), Holle Singer (Abandoned), Jeffrey Karoff (Cavedigger), Joseph Levy (Spinning Plates), Josh Greenbaum (The Short Game), Justin Le Pera (Isolated), Mark Mills (Isolated), Paul Taublieb (Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau), Rafael Marmor (The Short Game), Rainer Magik (Abandoned), Ryan Phillippe (Isolated), Sam George (Hawaiian: Legend of Eddie Aikau), Teresa Tico (Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea), Thomas Wiewandt (Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert) Christopher McLeod (Islands of Sancuary), Tommee May (Illusion).

Additional scheduled screenings and events can be found on the Festival’s website at

‘Isolated’ Filmmakers Will Present Their Film at the Festival

ISOLATED filmmakers Justin LePera, Ryan Phillippe and Geoffrey James Clarke

Isolated filmmakers Justin LePera, Ryan Phillippe and Geoffrey James Clarke

The Maui Film Festival screening of Isolated will be introduced by filmmakers Geoff Clark (Producer), Justin Le Pera (Writer/Director/Producer) and Ryan Phillippe (Executive Producer and narrator) on Thursday June 13th at 10pm at the Celestial Cinema. Tickets are now on sale!

Isolated is about a group of feral surfers and modern day explorers who embark on a journey to search for one of the world’s last undiscovered waves in the journalist dead zone island of New Guinea. Their adventure becomes all too real as they encounter real life cannibals, discover human rights atrocities and expose an unethical mining corporation. This unique, visually stunning film craves an international spotlight as it brings to light one of the world’s least documented places on earth. Isolated features never-before-seen footage of a ancient aboriginal culture as well as one of the most epic wave discoveries of the past 20 years. The film is already being lauded as Endless Summer meets The Cove.

See the film’s Executive Producer Ryan Phillippe share more about the film via this clip on Piers Morgan below: