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 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. vimeo.com with password), or through a secure online link via FilmFreeway.
ROUGH CUTS & WORKS-IN-PROGRESS
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.