Through an annual film festival BHRFF supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For sixteen 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 with copies of most recent films.
2016 Festival Results
The 2016 festival was bigger and better than ever! Nearly 2000 people came to see our 25 films. We had 45 separate screenings in 15 different venues in the city and county, with 5 new venues. See the "Awards" tab for the festival Audience and Jury awards. See the "Festival History" tab for festival films available in local libraries.
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".
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".