Maui Film Festival 2016

June 15-19, 2016 / Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Maui's highly-anticipated Film Festival is coming up! One of the islands most prestigious events, the Film Festival is an opportunity for locals and visitors to view some of the year's most interesting, comical, awe-inspiring, and groundbreaking movies and documentaries in an array of magical island settings. The festival is a favorite of locals and celebrities alike, and it makes for an unforgettable memory and island experience for our visitors. View a well curated selection of films in one of the festival's three theaters: the Celestial Cinema, Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema at Wailea Beach, or the Castle Theatre at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

There is nothing quite like the Film Festival's 'Celestial Cinema,' a projection of films nestled high in the rolling hills of Wailea's Gold & Emerald Golf Course. From your blanket or beach chair, enjoy locally crafted food and drinks, and enjoy a stunning sunset and incredible starlit skies.

The festival always features an array of incredible films, some curated from independent filmmakers and (of course) a handful of groundbreaking work centered around local cultures of surf, pacific islanders, and Hawaiian culture and tradition.  

This year, we are looking forward to seeing our famed local surf break, Jaws, in Roberto Studart's documentary Mad Dogs. The film centers around three Brazilians who migrated to Hawaii in the 90s in search of our perfect yet challenging surf. They pushed the boundaries of human capability by forgoing the assistance of support-vehicles (known as "towing in"), resolving to surf by "paddling into" Jaws' mammoth waves. 

For a full schedule and Maui Film Festival roster, visit their website,