Through an annual film festival BHRFF supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For fourteen 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 Film History tab above for action you can take on film issues. Use this tab to find local libraries for copies of most recent films.
The 2015 festival was a great success, with about 1500 attendees viewing 24 films and engaging in discussions afterwards. Seven of the discussions included the film directors, either in person or by Skype. Many thanks to all volunteers and sponsors who helped make this community event possible.
Mayor's Arts Award
BHRFF is one of this year'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".
Our festival has been listed in an article on the Audience Awards website as one of nine "Film Festivals That Are Making A Difference" in the U.S.
Human Rights Award
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".