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WITHOUTABOX Film Submissions are OPEN!!! for the 26th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (2015)

November 25th, 2014 by

Film submissions for the 26th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF26) are NOW OPEN!
Please see the deadlines and fees below for the June 04-07, 2015 festival!

Submit your film through Withoutabox:


Deadline Time Period Project Length Submission Fee
EARLYBIRD Postmarked by DECEMBER 20, 2014 Projects under 30min $25.00 US
Projects over 30min $35.00 US
REGULAR DECEMBER 21, 2014 – JANUARY 20, 2015 Projects under 30min $30.00 US
Projects over 30min $45.00 US
LATE JANUARY 21, 2015 – FEBRUARY 20, 2015 Projects under 30min $40.00 US
Projects over 30min $55.00 US
WAB EXTENDED FEBRUARY 21, 2015 – MARCH 20, 2015 Projects under 30min $45.00 US
Projects over 30min $65.00 US

1. Your online submission must be emailed or physical screeners post-paid to the HRFF office and bear a postmark of December 20, 2014 for the EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE, January 20, 2015 for the REGULAR DEADLINE,  February 20, 2015 for the LATE DEADLINE, and March 20, 2015 for the WAB Extended Deadline.

2. Entry fee is waived for all Hawaii-based filmmakers. Verification may be required.

3. Your film should have been completed no earlier than November 2013.

4. The Festival will consider works-in-progress, films with temporary sound tracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate from film.

5. Online screeners are PREFERRED! Online screener links must include WAB tracking submission# and e-mailed to:

If you have any questions you mail us at this email address also.

All features and shorts are eligible for Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Awards. Several annual film awards are presented annually: The Adam Baran Award, the Phred Love Award for Best Hawaii Film, the Rainbow Award, Best Short Film and Best Feature Film


1. Feature Films (60min. or more) and short films (30min or less) must submit an ONLINE-SCREENER or  TWO (2) DVD (NTSC only)

2. Payment (see “ENTRY FEES”)

If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require the following:

1. Film trailers, clip reels, EPKs (if available), posters, and postcards in the effort of maximizing exposure for your film.

2. DVD or Blu-Ray Disc (NTSC) final formats. Short films will be required in digital format.
Please note that the Festival will not accept PAL formats. The filmmaker is required to provide an NTSC version. The festival will not pay for any dubbing transfers from PAL to NTSC.

3. Two Synopses of film, a short and long version, exceeding no more than 25 words and 125 words, respectively.

4. Non-English films must be subtitled in English.

1. Packaging – Ship your DVDs in a bubble-pack envelope whenever possible. The festival is not responsible for damage to discs incurred during transport.

2. Costs & Labeling – All shipping costs to and from Honolulu must be borne by the sender. All DVDs must indicate title, shipper’s name, and return shipping address.

3. International entries – All entries from outside the U.S. should be sent Air Mail Registered or by parcel or express service. The Festival cannot accept entries shipped by air freight if customs and delivery fees are not paid.

4. Return of Entries – Preview DVDs will not be returned.

If you have any film-submission questions you mail us at


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The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival and HGLCF is a PROUD community partner of HIFF 2014 LGBT Films

October 19th, 2014 by
Check out and support HIFF!  The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival is a community partner of  the Hawaii International Film Festival 2014: Oct. 30- Nov.9, 2014
Check out their LGBT titles screening this week at DOLE THEATRES

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Mahalo to John Berger and The Star-Advertiser for all your support of #HRFF25!

June 17th, 2014 by


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KUMU HINA – Sun. at 630pm is Rush Line

June 15th, 2014 by


#HRFF25 Documentary Spotlight: “KUMU HINA” has gone to RUSH-LINE.

All advanced tickets have been sold, tickets will be available at the door for $10 cash.
Honolulu Museum of Art
Doris Duke Theatre
900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814

#HRFF25 is proud to bring KUMU HINA to the 25th Anniversary Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu will be in attendance.

The directors: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson and Producer Connie Florez will also be in attendance.

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#HRFF25 Closing Night Film “BOY MEETS GIRL” Star – Michelle Hendley!

June 14th, 2014 by

#HRFF25 Got an exclusive interview with RAINBOW AWARD 2014 CLOSING NIGHT FILM’s Breakout Star of “BOY MEETS GIRL” Michele Hendley!  

boymeetsgirl_Still009Is BOY MEETS GIRL based on a true story or what do you know of where the script and characters came from?

No, BMG is not based on a true life story, but there are definitely parallels between Ricky’s life and my own. Everything else came from Eric’s fascinating imagination.

How are you and the character Ricky whom you portray similar and different with your experiences from childhood to being a young adult?

Unlike myself, Ricky knew who she was from a very young age, and had the courage and understanding to live as the person she wanted to be despite her southern country roots. It took me until my teen years to really figure out this whole transgender thing and to embrace who I am. Ricky and I both live in very supportive communities with very accepting friends and family, and she and I share a love for sarcasm.

boymeetsgirl_Still001Describe the process of the talent search and how you landed the role to portray Ricky.

Honestly, I had no idea that there was a talent search going on until Eric found me. He (for whatever reason) seemed impressed with my YouTube blog and contacted me there. Can you believe it?!

 Tell us about filming and being cast with Michael Welch as best friends?

This was my first filming experience, and I loved every minute of it. It really is incredible to see how much work and how many people go into making a film, and I tried to absorb and be present in as much of the experience as I could. Everyone on set got along great, and worked excellently together (which I hear isn’t always the case), and I bonded with all of my costars. Michael and I in particular had a really terrific chemistry on set, and we are friends in real life. He taught me so much in the short time that we worked on BMG, and I hope we have more opportunities to work together in the future.

boymeetsgirl_Still015What is one of your favorite scenes in the film any why?

The scene in the coffee shop between Francesca’s mother Helen (Elizabeth Ward Land) and Ricky is by far one of my favorites of the entire film. I love strong female characters – especially when they butt heads. Filming the scene with Elizabeth was kind of stressful though. Elizabeth is such a fantastic actor, and the way she was able to deliver her lines – with so much juicy, venomous, southern tact – made it difficult for me to keep a straight face while we were shooting! I had to focus on how nasty her character was being to me, internalize it, and focus my energy on Ricky’s comeback. It was a lot of fun to film!

What does this film teach people about transgender?

BMG touches on a lot of the everyday issues a transgender person might face as well as larger, more encompassing topics like gender and sexuality. As a transgender woman, I truly feel that this film has the ability to demystify the word “transgender,” and really show people what the life of a trans person can look like. Like anyone else, we are not defined solely by our gender identity, and we lead lives like anyone else. We have families, we date, we have good days and bad days, we work at coffee shops, we make love, and ultimately we are just trying to get by like everybody else.

MICHELLE-HENDLEY-BOY-MEETS-GIRL-ALOHAWho should see “Boy Meets Girl” and why?

Everyone! And I’m not jut saying that because I want the world to see our work. I am very passionate about spreading awareness and educating people on trans issues, and this film touches on some major subject matter that the masses deserve/ need to see.
MAHALO MICHELLE for this amazing interview!

Be sure to follow this illuminating actor on Twitter @chellehendley
GET YOUR #HRFF25 Tickets Today!




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