It’s been an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but we are delighted to let you you know that we’re still here, and we’re ready to festival!

JULY 30 – AUGUST 15 2021

Please check back here and on our social media for updates on the program, format and special guests and events.


Fun in shorts

These shorts from around the world may make you laugh, cry, cringe, drool – or all of the above!

Asia Pacific Short film Competition

The best short films of the year from our partners in the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance.


Award-winning narrative and documentary feature length films.


Don’t miss our only live screening – a night of comedy with local short “Other People,” Russian feature “Potato Comes to America,” free popcorn and an after party.

Don’t miss HRFF32’s only, limited in-person screening of the feature “Potato Dreams of America” preceded by the local short “Other People” on Thursday, August 12 from 6-8:30pm at Consolidated Theatres Ward.
With the purchase of each movie ticket, you get 1 small popcorn and 1 small soda. Plus, you’re invited to the post-screening reception at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand starting at 9pm! Show your movie ticket and get 1 free beverage: soda, juices, draft beer, wine, well drinks, & Mai Tai. (Proof of vaccination required for entry to Hula’s. Preregister at
Screening Itinerary:
• 5:30pm – Start Seating
• 6pm – Other People
• 6:18pm – Potato Dreams of America
• 7:50pm – Q&A
• 8:30pm – Pau

“Potato Dreams of America”
Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Lena and her gay son, Potato, escape into the fantasy world of pirated American movies, but soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to become a mail-order bride and discover America for herself. Soon after Lena marries a much older and very eccentric John, the mother and son find that they’re in for a lot of surprises. Closely based on the writer-director Wes Hurley’s childhood, Potato Dreams of America is one of those stories that prove that real life is often much stranger than fiction.

“Other People”
Mark and Dan are an odd couple in every sense. They can turn any topic into an argument at the drop of a hat. It almost seems like they’re not meant to be together at all…until we see them dance. All of the conflict goes out the window as they fall into perfect sync with one another in the middle of a crowded shopping mall. The couple that dances together stays together…or do they? In this one-shot dance film, we watch the final moments of this doomed couple’s relationship in real time.
Consolidated Theatres Ward COVID-19 Rules:
Physical Distancing: Maintaining a 2-seat gap between groups of 11 or more in the auditorium is required.
Face Coverings: Masks must be worn while in our facility throughout your visit except when you are actively eating and drinking.

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