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WAILEA, MAUI, Hawaii — Director Tim Burton is the winner of the inaugural Maui Film Festival’s Silversword Award for “imagination and creativity in film making.”

Burton, who’s in Hawaii scouting locations for the 20th Century Fox remake “Planet of the Apes,” received the award on Friday in a brief ceremony at the festival’s Celestial Cinema, a state-of-the-art outdoor theater located on a golf course.

Festival director Barry Rivers presented an imaginary award to Burton who said he would put it in his imaginary trophy case.

The four-day festival — May 31-June 3 — screened 20 films, shorts and documentaries ranging from opening night’s “Chicken Run” from DreamWorks to the pro-marijuana tome “Grass,” introduced by actor Woody Harrelson.

The event-oriented festival, which cost about $500,000, attracted some 5,000 people to films, food tastings and panel discussions. Films were screened at two venues.

In 2001, Rivers will add a fifth day for showings and increase the number of films to as many as 30. Rivers hopes to make the Maui event a “Telluride in the Pacific.”

The statewide Hawaii Intl. Film Festival shows about 100 films over a two-week period in November.

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