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Completed in: 2020 | 60 min.

Section: HIFF Talks





A Special Pre-Recorded Discussion with Dave Filoni and HIFF Artistic Director Anderson Le is available NOW on the HIFF Facebook Page!


"There isn't a thing that we do in the storytelling space that I don't check with Dave. What I find about Dave is you don't just sit down and have a discussion about plot or review characters inside the Star Wars world. You end up having meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what it is we're trying to say inside the storytelling." -- Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Is Dave Filoni the savior of the STAR WARS franchise? Many fans think so. They see him as one of them and that is definitely true. He cosplayed and stood in line during opening night of REVENGE OF THE SITH. A fateful meeting with George Lucas led him to co-create STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, which explored the further adventures of Anakin, Obi Wan, and Padme and became a cornerstone of canon world building that has become a hallowed foundation that millions of fans have revered. When Filoni was invited by THE LION KING director, and STAR WARS original trilogy super fan Jon Favreau, to co-create what would be THE MANDALORIAN, he secured himself as the keeper of the STAR WARS flame.

We are honored to present this year's Halekulani Maverick Award to Dave Filoni, who is the pinnacle of the world-building creator where pop culture is all about forever franchises.

David Filoni is an American director, voice actor, television writer, television producer and animator. He is most known for his work on AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE MANDALORIAN, and on the theatrical film and television series of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. He was also the creator and an executive producer on STAR WARS REBELS for all four seasons, and served as its supervising director for all but the third season, in which Justin Ridge served as supervising director while Filoni accepted a promotion to oversee all of Lucasfilm Animation projects. Filoni is also credited as one of the writer and executive producers of the web series, STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY and as the creator of the 2018–2020 animated series, STAR WARS RESISTANCE. In 2017, Jon Favreau invited Filoni to work with him to create THE MANDALORIAN, a live action Star Wars television series that was billed as the flagship show for the launch of Disney+ in November 2019. Embraced by fans and critics alike, the inaugural season entered the zeitgeist with the introduction of "Baby Yoda." It would also score a record 15 Emmy nominations for Disney. The much anticipated second season premiere was launched last month. 

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival's Halekulani Maverick Award is given to an international cinema artist who has a unique and eclectic career trajectory, contributing to international cinema and the filmed arts in an innovative way. This maverick does things on their terms, creating work that can have a rabid, cult following or a major impact in the pop culture zeitgeist. Like a trendsetter and tastemaker, their work may not have been appreciated early on, but has become an artistic and cultural benchmark. Past recipients include Awkwafina, Tadanobu Asano, Randall Park and Kevin Smith. HIFF is honored to present the 2020 Halekulani Maverick Award to the rightful creative heir to the Star Wars universe, Mr. Dave Filoni.

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Cast & Crew

Moderator Anderson Le
Panelist Dave Filoni
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