Film Submissions for the 25th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Film submissions for the 25th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival are open now. Please see the deadlines and fees below for the June 10-15, 2014 festival.

Send your screener DVD(s) to:

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival-HGLCF
Attn: Programming Committee
1670 Makaloa Street #204, PMB #370
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

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( submission discounts and extended deadline available)



Deadline Time Period Project Length Submission Fee
EARLYBIRD Postmarked by DECEMBER 16, 2013 Projects under 30min $25.00 US
Projects over 30min $35.00 US
REGULAR DECEMBER 17, 2013 – JANUARY 13, 2014 Projects under 30min $30.00 US
Projects over 30min $45.00 US
LATE JANUARY 14, 2014 – FEBRUARY 17, 2014 Projects under 30min $45.00 US
Projects over 30min $55.00 US
WAB EXTENDED FEBRUARY 18, 2014 – MARCH 7, 2014 Projects under 30min $50.00 US
Projects over 30min $65.00 US



1. Your submission must be received post-paid to the HRFF office and bear a postmark of December 16, 2013 for the EARLYBIRD DEADLINE, January 13, 2014 for the REGULAR DEADLINE,  February 17, 2014 for the LATE DEADLINE, and March 07, 2014 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 2012.

4. We welcome entries of any length in all genres. We are particularly interested in presenting U.S. and World Premieres.

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

6. Submissions to the Shorts/Music Videos category must submit TWO (2)  DVDs (NTSC only) for the Preview Copies.

7. Online screeners are okay to submit.  Online screener links should be mailed to:

8. We will inform you of our selection decision by approx. April 2014.



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) must submit TWO (2) DVD (NTSC only)

2. Short Films/Music Videos must submit TWO (2) DVD (NTSC only)

3. One press kit with photo stills from your film.

4. Payment (see “ENTRY FEES”)



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

1. Additional press kits with photo stills (color and/or black & white)

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

3. DVD or Blu-Ray Disc (NTSC) final formats. 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.

4. Headshot of Director

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

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



1. Packaging – Ship your DVDs in a bubble-pack envelope whenever possible. If you must use a fiber-pack, please wrap the DVD in a plastic bag. 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. To confirm receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard with your entry.

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 – Unless indicated, preview DVDs will not be returned. You must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your preview DVD to be returned. U.S. rates are $8.00 and international is $12.00. All other unclaimed DVDs will be recycled. Submitted press materials will not be returned.

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The 24th Annual HRFF Awards were presented on Thursday Evening, June 06 and the WINNERS are:
Phred Love Award - Award given to Hawaii Filmmaker
BRANDEN BLINN – Toeing the Line and A La Carte

Jack Law Award – Awarded to the person best embodying the HGLCF’s mission

Rainbow Award – Awarded to the film that intermixes the LGBTQ culture and introduce a new audience to the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Adam Baran Award – Awarded to the LGBTQI Filmmaker that has excellend in his/her career in the film industry
XAVIER DOLAN – Laurence Anyways

Best Short Film

Best Documentary Film

Best Feature Film
ANY DAY NOW screens TONIGHT @ 8:15pm
Get your tickets here!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!  Award photos coming soon.
Tickets still available for final 3 days of our 24th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

We hope to see you here! 


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Honolulu Weekly interview with PEACHES!

peaches hon weeklyRead the interview article by Matthew Dekneef online here.


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Congrats to our contest winners!



We ran two contests that ended with our fundraiser parties last weekend. Congrats to Loreen Nakama for winning our NAME THE QUEEN Facebook contest! Our queen is now named: Mary Ima Queen of Starz! Loreen is receiving a $100 Rumfire gift card and VIP access to our Red Carpet Event!

2013-contest-imageCongrats also to Kate West of Everett, WA who won a trip to Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival courtesy of Hawaiian AirlinesAqua Hospitality, and Hulas Bar And Lei Stand!


Thank you everyone for your participation and love for Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival! See you next week!



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Program guides hit the street!

programlocationsThe 24th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival program guides have officially hit the street!
Want your hands on one? Here’s a list of locations you can go ahead and grab one!

Hula’s Bar & Grill
Chiko’s Tavern
Wang Chung’s
Sure Shot Cafe
Life Foundation
In Between’s
Whole Foods – Kahala
Hawaii State Art Museum – Lobby
Soul de Cuba
Aqua Resorts
Doris Duke Theatre
Cafe Kaila
R/D – 691 Auahi St. / Honolulu, HI 96813
Fresh Cafe
Mark’s Garage


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KITV 4: Movie previews include selections from the 24th annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

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Check out the video clip of our film previews played on KITV 4 News with Pamela Young here!

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Honolulu Weekly Film Review of Laurence Anyways


“Should you see this one? Hell, yes.”

- Bob Green

Read another film review by Bob Green in Honolulu Weekly on LAURENCE ANYWAYS here.

Screening info:

Xavier Dolan 2011 | Canada, France | 168 min.
Wednesday, June 5th @ 5:30pm | Doris Duke Theatre

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Transgender Superhero Ian Harvie

ian_harvie_by__kevin_neales_2012_1What’s that in sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, even better! It’s IAN HARVIE! Swooping in and proudly wearing a capital “T” on his chest, Ian chats with us about his stand-up comedy film: IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO screening at HRFF24 and plans for his first trip to Hawaii.

Film Synopsis:  In this debut stand-up comedy concert film, Ian Harvie Superhero, it’s the culmination of a very personal and public journey of having been born a girl and later becoming a self-made man. It’s Ian’s facile sense of ease, not just his gender-bending presence that makes his humor groundbreaking; and has lead him to make history on more than one occasion.

What got you to do stand up comedy as a career?
Watching a ton of Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson as a kid and later growing up and having a funny story to share.
How would you say you identify under the LGBT rainbow?
Queer Trans Man
I’m sure you have many fans come up to you. What was one of the most memorable (hilarious or uncomfortable) comment someone has made about you and your work?
People often feel like they have to identify whether they’re straight, gay, lesbian, etc before they pay me a compliment. This one woman said to me “Listen, I’m a lesbian.. but you’re so hot, you’re like Brad Pitt with a vagina!” I thought it was awesome, I’m like the real Brangelina!
If you had to describe your comedy and comedic influences what would they be?
Comfortably vulnerable, self-celebrating, hilarious edutainment. My comedic influences range from (of course) Margaret Cho to (early) Whoopi Goldberg to Bill Hicks to Paula Poundstone. I love comics who leave a piece of themselves on stage.
What can festival-goers look forward to when watching IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO at HRFF24 and why? 
A very indie standup comedy concert film with a narrative no one has heard before in comedy.
What are you planning to do in Hawaii when you’re not at the festival?
I’ve been to a bunch of places in the world but not Hawaii, it’d be cool to go for a hike, see something volcanic, go paddleboarding, swim in the ocean, walk on the beach, eat great food.
What “Hawaii” foods and/or drinks do you know and excited to try out?
I have no idea but I’m an explorer, so bring it on!
If you were trapped in an elevator for 24 hours with Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, and Joan Rivers what do you think would happen?
I would likely watch Margaret pull out a few medical marijuana lollipops out of her handbag and hand them out to Kathy and Joan and I would listen to them gab like industry girls about the comedy business, then it would turn to sex chat and then poop talk.. in that order.
I’m really proud of my little indie film and can’t wait to share it with festival goers, thank you!
Film screening info:
Sunday, June 09 @ 4:15pm
R&D, 691 Auahi Street

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Honolulu Weekly Film Review of BEYOND THE WALL

Honolulu Weekly ReviewThanks Honolulu Weekly for the film review in this week’s issue (May 15-21, Vol 23, No 20)! Read the full article by Bob Green here!


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Volunteer with us at HRFF24!

Sign up through the Doodle schedule links below:
Volunteers for films staffing at Doris Duke Theatre
Volunteer for the Red Carpet Event and film receptions
For more information, email!

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