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Wailea, HI (June 3, 2011) – Andrew Garfield will receive the 2011 Maui Film Festival Male Shining Star Award, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event, which will be held June 15-19, 2011, at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The Male Shining Star Award honors a film artist, still in the ascendance of his career—with many magnetic performances both behind and ahead of him—whose very presence on screen guarantees as much light as heat.  Garfield will be presented the Male Shining Star Award at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

“It’s a personal and professional pleasure to have the honor and privilege of presenting Andrew Garfield with this year’s Male Shining Star Award,” said Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers.  “His boundless talent and impeccable taste have caused him to be embraced by the industry as few ever are.  We are thrilled to be able to extend him this heartfelt tribute.”

Garfield recently completed filming as the lead role of Peter Parker in "The Amazing Spider-Man.”  Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Emma Stone, Martin Sheen and Rhys Ifans, the film is slated for a July 2012 release.  Since it’s 2010 release, Garfield is most recently known for his notable performance in David Fincher's "The Social Network,” which earned him the Best British Supporting Actor award at the London Film Critics Circle Awards and was nominated at the BAFTA Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor.  Also, Garfield’s performance in Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the British Independent Film Awards.  In 2010, the entire scope of his work earned him addition awards including the Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Actor and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor and he was also nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Other past screen projects include Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus," opposite Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger; Spike Jonze's "I’m Here;" Robert Redford’s "Lions For Lambs," alongside Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; Revolution Films’ "Red Riding Trilogy -1974," directed by Julian Jarrold; and John Crowley’s "Boy A," for which he earned the Best Actor BAFTA in 2008.


Barry and Stella Rivers founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000 as a jewel box festival committed to the celebration and exploration of cinema at the intersection of smart and heart.  The Festival's mission has always been to share exceptional cinematic vision in the service of compassionate and transformative storytelling with a diverse audience who call Maui both their home and their home away from home.

Since its inception, the Maui Film Festival has screened more than 500 narrative and documentary feature length and short films from around the world to a diverse audience of industry luminaries, filmmakers, cineastes and movie lovers of all ages.  Over the last 11 years the festivals has been fortunate to honor such talents as Joan Allen, Adrien Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Tim Burton, Woody Harrelson, Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, Claire Danes, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers, Zooey Deschanel, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patricia Clarkson, Helen Hunt, among others.  Through the 11th annual Maui Film Festival in 2010, the Festival has generated more than 70 million dollars in economic activity for the County of Maui.

The 2011 Maui Film Festival is made possible by the tremendous and continued support of a number of local, national and international organizations. This year's Official Sponsors include: Hawaii Tourism Authority, Stella Artois; Major Sponsors:  Destination Resorts Hawaii, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea, Starwood Capital Group / Kobayashi Group, The Shops At Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Wailea Golf Club, Wailea Beach Villas; Industry Sponsors: Getty Images, WireImage and Getty Video, Reel Maui / Maui Film Office, Picture Mill, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Works Creative Group; Sponsorship Ohana: Capische?, MALA Wailea, Mana Foods, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Maui’s Own Organic Ocean Vodka, Spago, Tommy Bahama; Kama'aina Ohana:  Art to Print, Australian Consulate - General Honolulu, Akina Aloha Tours, County Of Maui, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Gannon's, KAOI Radio Group, Letarte, Love Renaissance, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Coffee Roasters, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui News, MediSpa Maui, Native 92.5, Ono Gelato, Paradise Self-Storage, PSAV, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Rising Sun Solar + Electric,,, The Wailea Group Real Estate Sales and Marketing, Wailea Resort Association.

The 2011 Maui Film Festival at Wailea will be held June 15-19, 2011.  For additional information, call the Film Festival Headquarters at (808) 572-3456 or visit