Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

18th Annual

Through an annual film festival BHRFF supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For eighteen 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.


We have acquired most of our festival films for continuous availability in the community. They are now in the Bellingham Public Library (BPL) or Wilson Library at Western Washington University (WWU). Click on the "Film Archive" tab above to find a full list of films and which library they are in, as well as organizations you can contact to take action on the issues presented in the films.


BHRFF 2018

The 18th annual festival was a success, with over 1500 viewers of the 25 films in 13 venues. Thank you to all the community organizations that co-presented films with us this year. Thank you also to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations that donated money and products to support the festival.

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".

BHRFF Recognition
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.