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.

The festival uses the power of film to raise awareness, engage, energize, and instill a sense of pride and respect in Hawaiʻiʻs thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, mahu and aikane community. The festival is presented annually by the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a self-supporting non-profit 501(c)3, in honor of Hawaii LGBT pioneer Adam Baran.

This year we expect to present a hybrid festival, featuring a mixture of virtual and live screenings. The festival will occur in October to coincide with Honolulu Pride, a joyous celebration that draws visitors from all over the world.

We're looking forward to welcoming you to the warm sands of Hawai'i. Aloha!

Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Jack Law (Humanitarian Award)
Phred Love Award (Local Filmmaker Award)
Rising Star Award

HRFF accepts films of any length and genre about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, mahu, queer, intersex and allied people and their communities. A separate FilmFreeway Entry Form is required for each film being submitted.

Narrative Feature films are 40 minutes and over. Documentary Feature films are 40 minutes and over. Shorts are films under 40 minutes. Episodic inclusdes Web series, webisodes, and ongoing storylines where multiple episodes will be shown.

Preview submissions must be submitted via secure online screener (e.g. with password), or through a secure online link via FilmFreeway.

Please submit a rough cut or work-in-progress only if it has special relevance to our gfestival; e.g., you are a local filmmaker.

FilmFreeway submissions will be marked "In Consideration" once payment, entry forms, and an online link of the film have been received. Entrants will be notified of festival selections by early July 2019.

A fee waiver is available for filmmakers based in Hawai'i and on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us about your situation and to obtain a waiver code.

Overall Rating
  • We are so proud to have been a part of this festival this year. The online festival was a treat, and we got to see lots if not all of the other films, such a bonus for it being online. Thank you for including us!

    September 2021
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival of this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    September 2021
  • Luke Willis

    HRFF did a fantastic job moving to an online event and still creating a feeling of excitement and networking opportunities. They are great at communication and I cannot wait to be able to screen a future film there in person.

    August 2021
  • Jason Rayner

    I had a wonderful experience with bringing my short to this festival! The staff was friendly and organized, and due to COVID making everything online, I really felt like my film was seen by a wide audience! Thanks for everything!

    August 2021
  • I was so honored to screen my film at this amazing festival.
    It's 2021 and due to Covid-19 the festival took place online, but unlike other festivals this year, HRFF made extra effort in communication and networking!
    I felt my film is in good hands and they helped me a lot with networking with other queer filmmakers and animators.
    My film was also featured as a thumbnail for the short film program, which warmed my heart so very much.
    Highly recommended!!!

    August 2021