Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

20th Annual

Our 20th festival is coming soon! It will be February 20-29, 2020 at various venues in the city and county. Check this site in early January for the lineup and schedule.


Volunteers Needed - Meeting Jan 23rd

The festival is an all-volunteer production. We need people who believe in promoting human rights to join us in our large effort to have 10 days of films and discussions in the community February 20-29.  We need help with fundraising, publicity, coordination with community venues, film projection, and more. An organizing meeting where you can learn more will be held Thursday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM, at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall avenue downtown. If you can help, you may also leave a message on our website any time before then.

Through an annual film festival BHRFF supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For twenty 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), Wilson Library at Western Washington University (WWU), or Whatcom Community College Library (WCC), accessible with a Bellingham Public Library card. 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. 

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.