There’s less than two weeks to go before we get the 16th annual Maui Film Festival, which will run five days and show a whole bunch of artsy and independent films in Wailea and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
As always, the festival will also hand out a few awards to actors who’ve done something above and beyond appearing in the latest Transformers film. It’s a pretty sweet deal for an actor–fly to Maui, get a prize on Maui, watch movies on Maui, answer a few questions from reporters on Maui and then, when you get the time, enjoy yourself on Maui.
This year, according to festival director Barry Rivers, they’re giving out five awards, the biggest of which will go to Lupita Nyong’o, who won this year’s best supporting actress Academy Award for 12 Years A Slave. Other luminaries headed to the festival include Emma Roberts, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Manganiello (who produced La Bare, which is appearing at the festival) and Hawaii’s best known promoter Shep Gordon, who is also the subject of a new Mike Myers film Supermensch, which will also screen at the festival.
Photo of Lupita Nyong’o: Wikimedia Commons