Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

17th Annual

BHRFF 2017

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.


We had a very successful 2017 festival, with nearly 2200 attendees able to see 25 films in 13 venues. The Audience Awards this year go to "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" and "The Occupation of the American Mind". The festival committee's Jury Awards go to "Roadmap to Apartheid" and "Sand Wars". Please see Festival History | BHRFF 2017 for the availability of festival films 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".

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.