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Honolulu Gay Lesbian Cultural Foundation | Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

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

About Us

The Honolulu Queer Gay andLesbian Foundation was founded in 1997 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about queer culture, arts, and lifestyle. HGLCF presents the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival annually in honor of Hawaii LGBT pioneer Adam Baran.

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

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

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

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

Submit Your Film Now

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.

HRFF32 Award Winners

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

Fun In Shorts

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

Features

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

Asia Pacific Short Film Competition

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

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