|What makes the Maui Film Festival special among the more than 500 film festivals around the globe each year? The temptation is simply to answer: "location...location...location." After all, Maui was recently named the "World's Best Island" by Travel & Leisure magazine and the "Best Island in the World" (for the 6th year in a row) by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. But in truth it's much more than that. The Maui Film Festival is also set apart by its deep-seated commitment to present films that nurture and sustain the best in all of us, the kind of films that any individual or company can take pride in being associated with. Just as importantly, the Maui Film Festival honors the island it calls home by making great effort to seamlessly integrate the Hawaiian storytelling traditions - oli (chant), hula (dance) and mele (song) - into each day and night of the Festival. And last but not least, the Maui Film Festival's venues uniquely enhance each film's appreciation. If you've ever experienced the wonder of a planetarium, while a voice in the dark revealed myths and legends of the endless sky, enjoying the stories told on the Big Screen of the Maui Film Festival's under-the-stars Celestial Cinema will equally thrill you. So will seeing films at the open-air SandDance Theater on Wailea Beach (recently rated the #1 beach in the United States) and on the Big Screen at the state-of-the-art 1,200 seat Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Click here to visit the Maui Film Festival site.|
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