Bank of Hawaii Foundation presents Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF) is honored to produce the 30th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF30). It will be at the Doris Duke Theatre from August 8 – 18. There will be 22 screenings and panel discussions, culminating with a signature Red Carpet Gala on August 17.

HRFF 2017 pool party. Gerald Cruz, Brent Anbe. Photo: Johnny Ng.

In full disclosure, I’m a volunteer board member of HGLCF, the nonprofit group that puts on this festival. The festival is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

HRFF30 is presented by the Bank of Hawaii Foundation; legacy sponsor Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand; platinum sponsors Hawai`i Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Airlines, Honolulu Magazine, and Honolulu Museum of Art; and Red Carpet Gala venue and hospitality sponsor ‘Alohilani Resort.

HRFF 2017. This year there will also be red carpet performances at the Red Carpet Gala. Photo: Johnny Ng.

HRFF30 Festival Director Brent Anbe sums up the festivities, saying, “In honor of our big 3-0 birthday we have our most colorful and fierce VIP delegates for you, Hawai‘i, like: VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars DJ “Shangela” Pierce and Gia Gunn; HRFF alumnus and Filipino-American comedian Alec Mapa to emcee our Red Carpet Gala on Saturday, August 17 at ‘Alohilani Resort’s new Longboard Club; rising star actors including Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, and Nick Neon; award winning filmmakers; and Hawai‘i’s elite local film creators and talent!”

HRFF 2017. Photo: Johnny Ng.

This year’s festival also marks the world premiere of Shangela is Shook. Shangela is the only contestant to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy-award winning reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her new stand-up comedy show is compiled from several performances on her 2018 global tour.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and festival co-founder Jack Law, 2017. Photo: Johnny Ng.

“Our society has made great strides in accepting the LGBTQ community and its richly diverse culture into the mainstream, but it’s so important to continue to advance this message. That’s the mission of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, and why we host HRFF every year. We’re excited to hit a milestone year, and we are looking forward to sharing our aloha with the community,” added HGLCF president Walter Kinoshita.

Tickets and All-Access Festival Passes at:
#HRFF30 / Facebook: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival / IG: @hrfilmfest / Twitter: @hrfilmfest

Thursday, August 8
7:30 p.m. – 10:10 p.m.  The Shiny Shrimps with Opening Night Reception and HI Shorts!

Friday, August 9
5 p.m. – 6:48 p.m. Just Friends
7:15 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. House of Hummingbird

Saturday, August 10
1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Women’s/ Queer Shorts Showcase
3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Fireflies
5:30 p.m. – 7:10 P.m. Wild (Sauvage)
7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Gay Chorus Deep South

Sunday, August 11
Noon – 1:45 p.m. The Garden Left Behind
2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. José
5 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Vita & Virginia – Women’s Centerpiece
7:15 p.m. – 9 p.m. Giant Little Ones – Men’s Centerpiece

(August 12 – 14 break)

Thursday, August 15
5:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. Tucked
7:30 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. Before You Know It

Friday, August 16
Noon – 1:50 p.m. Tell It to the Bees
2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sorry Angel
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Follow Me/Deep in Vogue
7:30 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. Papi Chulo

Saturday, August 17
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. APQFFA Shorts Showcase with 15-Minute Intermission
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Red Carpet Gala at ‘Alohilani Resort; Media/Red Carpet 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 18
Noon – 1:50 p.m. Men’s Shorts Showcase
2:15 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Rafiki
4:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. An Almost Ordinary Summer
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shangela is Shook (World Premiere)
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. After Party at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand

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