HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In 2012, the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF) celebrates its 23rd continuous year, making it one of the longest-running and well-respected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the country. Sponsored by the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF), the festival has presented hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animations from around the world, with special consideration given to Hawai'i-based filmmakers. The HRFF has an excellent reputation in the film festival community and has been the venue for both U.S. and world film premieres. In memory of Adam Baran, this year's festival will once again be held at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art from May 31-June 3. The complete film schedule, festival passes, and general ticket sales are available HERE!
The HRFF will begin the four-day festival with an Opening Night Gala on Thursday, May 31 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The Gala will be emceed by local entertainer, Augie T and showcase food and cocktails prepared by over 10 different restaurants and caterers including Chai's Island Bistro, Rumfire Waikiki, Whole Foods Market, Big City Diner, Soul de Cuba, Café Kaila, Pacifikool and Hula's Bar and Lei Stand. Accompanying the Gala is the opening night feature film, "Cloudburst," an award-winning comedy, starring Olympia Dukakis, which begins at 8:00 pm. This year's festival is honored to present two world premieres. The HRFF will screen a total of 14 feature-length films, including three documentaries, as well as 18 short films, from Canada, Germany, Brazil, Indonesia, Belgium, Argentina, U.K. and the U.S. Three films are by Hawai'i directors. Two films were official selections at Sundance 2012, three screened at Berlinale 2012, and three at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012. The HRFF will welcome nearly 12 filmmakers, actors and representatives from 10 of the films in the festival this year. The 23rd annual HRFF is sponsored by Aqua Hotels & Resorts, Honolulu Museum of Art, Bank of Hawai'i, Rumfire Waikiki and Hula's Bar & Lei Stand. This year's festival also received support from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, the City & County of Honolulu and David McEwan, M.D., charitable fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation.
Established in 1989 as the Adam Baran Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the HRFF has programmed films that have gone on to win Peabody and Emmy awards, such as the documentary, DADDY AND PAPA. HRFF has worked with PBS Hawai'i to program LGBT content documentaries. In 2008, a pilot Neighbor Island Outreach in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i began. The success of the HRFF over the years is attributed to deep community involvement and great partners to help achieve its goals. For over two decades, the HRFF has been inspiring community and civic engagement through its programming and special events. The HGLCF, founded in 1997 by Honolulu businessman, Jack Law, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about gay & lesbian culture, arts and lifestyle. The HGLCF also works towards instilling a sense of pride and respect among members of the gay community, as well as to highlight the unique cosmopolitan ambiance of the city of Honolulu.