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30th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival


Aug 8, 2019 to Aug 18, 2019
12:30 PM until 10:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


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


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 alumnae 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!”


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. “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.


All-Access Pass $100


View map Doris Duke Theatre / Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI

Additional Information


Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation

Contact name

Walter Kinoshita

Contact email


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