irstlight: Academy Screenings on Maui will be in full swing over the next several weeks, with more than 10 days of Hawai'i premieres and special screenings/encores--30-plus films in all that will unspool between Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 5, at what Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers likes to call "Maui's Movie Palace"-- the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
In a nutshell, Rivers defined FirstLight as "the best films of the year, at the best time of the year, in the best venue in Hawai'i." He also noted that every single Academy Award-winning Best Picture since the event's inaugural year in 1999 has screened at FirstLight.
"All of us at the festival take great pride in being able to be right in the middle of awards season frenzy," said Rivers. "It makes for a lot of fun times."
In “Saving Mr. Banks,” Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star as Walt Disney and P.L. Travers, author of “Mary Poppins.”
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
When announcing this year's Opening Night "Starlight" premiere, "Saving Mr. Banks," Rivers said that opening night's 5 p.m. Twilight Premiere was being kept a "Top Secret Surprise" for now. But you can find out first as it is revealed on the Maui Film Festival's Website and Facebook page on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Don't miss Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Golden Globe winners Paul Giamatti and Colin Farrell, and Academy Award nominee Rachel Griffiths and Jason Schwartzman in "Saving Mr. Banks," FirstLight's Opening Night "Starlight" Premiere on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $12 per film with the purchase of a four-film FirstLight VIP FastPass ($48) or $15 for single tickets.
Complete information about complimentary guild admission, ticket and pass purchase and synopses for all films and links to their trailers can be found at www.Maui Film Festival.com.
Festival Admission is complimentary to major film industry guests (and their "plus one") as noted in detail on the festival Website, along with RSVP details.