Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

18th Annual

BHRFF 2018

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


The full program for BHRFF 2018 (Feb. 15-24) has been posted. Click the "2018 Festival Schedule" tab above to view the schedule and trailers. All films are FREE. Donations to the Film Festival and/or a new clean pair of socks for local homeless folks can be made at each film.


We are co-sponsoring a screening of the film "Marathon for Justice" with the Environmental and Sustainability Programs at Western Washington U.
When: Monday 2/12, 6-8pm
Where: WWU, Viking Union, Room 552
"Marathon for Justice" explores some of the ways in which people of color have been disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals and poisonous releases into the environment. The film shows us communities that are mobilizing in the long race for justice.

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.