Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

19th Annual

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


Film Festival Finishes

The 19th annual festival ended March 2 with the lively and inspirational film about the life of Chicano musician activist Ramon 'Chunky' Sanchez—"Singing Our Way to Freedom”.  The festival had nearly 1900 attendees this year.  We appreciate the financial support of individuals, organizations, and businesses of our community to make this event possible.


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.