It was another tough year.  But we survived, and weʻre excited about finally seeing you again in June at a special one-night screening under the stars at Bishop Museum.  Our full festival is moving to October to coincide with Honolulu Pride.  Itʻs going to be amazing!



Join us for a very special one-night only screening at Bishop Museum 

one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in Honolulu

In partnership with the Bishop Museum, HRFF presents a curated series of short films that bring the stories of queer Pacific Islanders to life on screen. This diverse collection of narrative and documentary shorts will make you laugh, cry, and reconsider what it means to honor culture and traditions without giving up who you are. Prior to the screening, guests have an opportunity to tour The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu exhibition, Waikikiʻs unique monument to gender fluidity. CLICK HERE to see the full full film lineup and reserve tickets.

Gallery open | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Screening + post-screening Q&A | 7-9 p.m.



HRFF is one of the longest-running and most respected queer film festivals in the country, celebrating its 33rd anniversary in 2022. It is especially well known as a bridge between Hawai’i and the Pacific, Asia, and the USA. HRFF is an IMDB-qualified festival and member of the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance.  Submit your film on Film Freeway,

Empowering our diverse LGBTQ-mahu-aikane communities in Hawaii and around
the world through the power of storytelling.


Mahalo to all the amazing filmmakers from around the world who entertained our audience from the safety of their homes!


Best Short Film – Retribution, directed by Mel Orpen
Special Jury Mention – I Know Her, Directed by Fawzia Mirza
Best Documentary Short – VeniEtiam, Directed by Alex Hai (Alex Hai Gondola tours) and Mahtab Mansour
Best Narrative Short – Pool Boy, Directed by Luke Willis
Best Animation – Kapaemahu, Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
Best Local Film – Other People, Directed by Bryson Kainoa Chun
Adam Baran Award– Trade Center Documentary, Directed by Adam Bernard Baran
Audience Award– Hello Mother (Parev Mama), Directed by Natalie Shirinian


Best Documentary Feature – A Sexplanation, Directed by Alexander Liu


Jury Award ($1000 – Journey to the Shore, Directed by Uhm Ha-neul
Audience Award ($500)– Swingin’, Directed by Guo Shang-Sing

Make the Yuletide Gay – Fundraising Pool Party

A big mahalo to all those that attended our last event of 2021! Because of your support and the support of our amazing sponsors, the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival continues to be a platform for LGBTQ+ films from Hawaiʻi and across the globe.

Check out some photos from the event and stay tuned for what’s happening in 2022.