Zac Efron signing autographs. //
(c) 2010 Christopher Harte
As the Maui Film Festival looks ahead to its second decade, it's only fitting that it honor an up-and-coming talent at the opening night ceremony on June 16. So, to kick off this year's cinematic spree on the Valley Isle, it's giving the Shining Star Award to actor Zac Efron.
The festival runs from June 16-20 with screening venues in Wailea Resort and Kahului.
According to Maui Film Festival director Barry Rivers, the Shining Star Award honors rising film artists with promising careers. Fans can see Efron during the award ceremony at the Celestial Cinema, a stunning open-air movie theater at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course.
"Our mantra is Trust the Future," said Rivers. "We're thrilled to honor Zac Efron, an actor with abundant talent, an extraordinary career behind him and an even more brilliant one up ahead."
Efron will next be seen starring in the film "Charlie St. Cloud," scheduled for a July 30 release. Recently he has starred in the movies "17 Again" and "Me and Orson Welles." He has shown off his singing and dancing skills in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and "Hairspray," and he has numerous stage and television credits.
Since its inception, the Maui Film Festival has shared more than 500 narrative and documentary feature length and short films from around the world to a diverse audience of industry luminaries, filmmakers and movie lovers of all ages. Over the last ten years the festival has honored such talents as Joan Allen, Adrien Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Tim Burton, Claire Danes, Geena Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal and Helen Hunt.
Rivers and his wife Stella founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000 as an event that celebrates and explores cinema while paying tribute to Maui's distinctive culture and environment. Along with movies, clients can attend filmmaker panels, enjoy live Hawaiian music and dance, and take part in culinary extravaganzas --- like the Taste of Chocolate and Taste of Wailea -- that showcase the talents of island chefs.
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