Through an annual film festival BHRFF supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For seventeen years, volunteer committee members have selected scores of insightful and moving films they hope will encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues. Films are followed by facilitated discussion, some led by the filmmakers themselves. See the Festival History tab above for action you can take on film issues. Use this tab to find local libraries with copies of most recent films.
The official selections and screening schedule for BHRFF 2017 have now been posted. See the 2017 Festival Schedule tab above for details.
Mayor's Arts Award
BHRFF was one of 2015's recipients of the annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The award recognizes "the film festival and the outlet it provides to filmmakers in addressing challenging issues".
Amnesty International USA's local Group 270 received an award for its financial and volunteer support of the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival. At the AIUSA annual meeting in Chicago in April 2014, Group 270 received "Honorable Mention" for the Sister Laola Hironaka Award "in recognition of your inspiring commitment to the promotion of human rights".