Rainbow Film Festival

The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF) is an LGBT film festival held annually in Honolulu which began in 1989 as the Adam Baran Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.


Businessman Jack Law founded the non-profit Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation (HGLCF) in 1997 as an umbrella organization for the Adam Baran Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, now known as the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF).

Prior to establishment of the non-profit, the film festival (started in 1989), originally donated proceeds of the festival to the Life Foundation, the state's main AIDS/HIV organization. Today, the HGLCF is a self-supporting non-profit 501(c)3, whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about gay and lesbian culture, arts and lifestyle. HGLCF also works toward instilling a sense of pride and respect among the members of the Gay community, as well as to highlight the unique cosmopolitan ambiance of the city of Honolulu.

Films programmed at the HRFF have gone on to win Peabody and Emmy Awards, such as the documentary, Daddy & Papa. HRFF has worked with PBS Hawaiʻi to program LGBT content documentaries. In 2008, a pilot Neighbor Island Outreach in Hilo on the Big Island 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 HRFF helps to engender mutual respect within society, supports a vital and sustainable economy and provides a unique, memorable and enriching experience.

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Anthony Meindl

Anthony Paul Meindl (born January 14, 1968) is an American screenwriter, stage and film actor, writer and founder and artistic director of the MetaTheatre Company and Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (otherwise known as AMAW) in Los Angeles. The workshop has since expanded to locations in Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York City, Sydney, Toronto and Vancouver.

Canyon Sam

Canyon Sam is an author, performance artist, and Tibetan rights activist. Her honors include the 2010 PEN American Center's Open Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts scholarship, a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist's grant in literature, and a Screenwriting Fellowship from the Center for Asian American Media, among others. She has published fiction, non-fiction, and drama in many publications.She was born and grew up in San Francisco, and took the name Canyon Sam as a teenager after having a dream "about a beautiful canyon". She later earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.She first visited Tibet when it first opened to foreign tourists in 1986. In February 1987, the first international conference on Buddhist nuns was held in Bodh Gaya, India, and Canyon Sam worked there; later back in America she raised funds for Tibetan nuns in exile, which became the Tibetan Nuns Project.In 2007 she returned to Tibet and interviewed various Tibetan women; in 2009 she published a book that "recounts Tibet's recent past through the lives of four Tibetan women," titled Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History.In 2011, a short documentary about her life premiered, titled A Woman Named Canyon Sam.

Canyon Sam also created a one-woman show called The Dissident, about her travels in China and Tibet and her human rights work with Buddhist nuns, which played at the Walker Art Center, the Asia Society, New York, and the Solo Mio festival, and headlined the National Women's Theater Festival. It was later made into a film.She is openly lesbian.


Chandragrohon: The Lunar Eclipse (Bengali: চন্দ্রগ্রহণ), is a Bangladeshi film based on a short story written by Indian Bengali author Syed Mustafa Siraj. The film was released 2008 and younger director Murad Parvez first time directed the film. The film features Riaz, Shohana Saba, and Champa in lead roles along with Shahiduzzaman Selim, KS Firoz, Dilara Jaman, Kohinur, Gazi Rakayet, and Azom Faruk in supporting roles.

In 2008, the film won three National Film Awards and including other four awards.

Charu Nivedita

Charu Nivedita (born 18 December 1953) is a postmodern, transgressive Tamil writer, based in Chennai, India.

There is an invisible ban on his writings in the Tamil literary milieu, whereas he is widely translated into Malayalam in nearby Kerala. Since his writings are transgressive in nature, he is branded as a pornographic writer and disliked by many. For a longtime he was writing clandestinely under the pseudonym ‘Muniyandi’. He was born and raised in a slum until the age of eighteen, worked in the government services and survived as a wanderer. His novel Zero Degree was longlisted for the 2013 edition of Jan Michalski Prize for Literature. Zero Degree was inducted into the prestigious '50 Writers, 50 Books - The Best of Indian Fiction', published by HarperCollins. Vahni Capildeo places Charu Nivedita on par with Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce and Jean Genet, in her article in the Caribbean Review of Books. He was selected as one among 'Top Ten Indians of the Decade 2001 - 2010' by The Economic Times. He is inspired by Marquis de Sade and Andal. His columns appear in magazines such as Art Review Asia, The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle.


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God's Own Country (2017 film)

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Jack Law

Jack Law is the owner of Hula's Bar & Lei Stand in Waikiki and has a long-standing business history in Hawaii. He is also recognized as one of the most influential advocates for gay culture in Honolulu. As a business man he helped create and operate two of Waikiki's known nightclubs and bars: The Wave Waikiki and Hula's Bar & Lei Stand, as an advocate for gay rights and culture he founded the Life Foundation and the Rainbow Film Festival which publicized gay and lesbian culture in Hawaii. He was appointed by Governors John Waihee and Ben Cayetano to the State of Hawaii Civil Rights Commission where he served for 8 years.

Korea Queer Film Festival

The Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF) (Korean: 퀴어영화제) is a film festival held annually in Seoul that showcases the lives of sexual minorities, which seeks to increase diversity in Korean films and the human rights of LGBTQ+ people and give insight into queer culture. KQFF was established in 2001 and has been held annually ever since. KQFF is the oldest gay and lesbian film festival in Korea, and is part of the Korea Queer Culture Festival. It aims to screen rare modern and older films on a wide range of LGBT topics. KQFF was originally named the "Rainbow Film Festival" (무지개영화제) for its 1st through 6th years, then changed its name to the "Seoul LGBT Film Festival" (서울LGBT영화제) for its 7th through 13th years, and since the 14th year has been referred to as the “Korean Queer Film Festival” (한국퀴어영화제). The festival aims to support and celebrate the LGBT community, to contribute to the development of LGBT films, to build a network among domestic and international filmmakers, establish cultural diversity and to be actively involved in cultural activism for LGBT rights.

Krishnopokkho (film)

Krishnopokkho (Bengali: কৃষ্ণপক্ষ, "The Dark Lunar Fortnight") is a 2016 Bangladeshi Bengali language romance drama film based on novel of the same name written by Humayun Ahmed. The film's adapted screenplay was written and directed by Meher Afroz Shaon and starring Riaz, Mahiya Mahi, Ferdous Ahmed. Azad Abul Kalam, Labonno Chowdhury and Tania Ahmed. This is the debut film by the director. The storyline revolves around two star-crossed lovers who are not destined to be together.The film nationwide released in February 26, 2016, which was produced by Impress Telefilm Limited and distributed by Jaaz Multimedia The film had its closing premiere at the 11th Geneva International Oriental Film Festival (FIFOG) at the Grutli Theatre on April 17, 2016. In May 2016, the film had its opening premiere at 17th Rainbow Film Festival at London on May 29, 2016.

Kumu Hina

Kumu Hina is a 2014 documentary film by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson and is the story of Hina Wong-Kalu. It premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival and aired on Independent Lens, a PBS program, in May 2015.

LGBT culture in Chennai

Chennai has LGBTQIA cultures that are diverse with respect to socio-economic class, gender, and degree of visibility and politicisation. They have historically existed in the margins, and surfaced primarily in contexts such as transgender activism and HIV prevention initiatives for men having sex with men (MSM) and trans women (TG).

LGBT culture in India

India's Supreme Court on 6 September 2018, struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would "pave the way for a better future." Time Out (Delhi) has a dedicated column covering gay events in Delhi every week. LGBT people have increased access to health services and social events.

Ladies and Gentlewomen

Ladies and Gentlewomen is a Tamil language, Indian documentary by Malini Jeevarathnam and produced by Pa. Ranjith. It is about love, life, and suicide among lesbians. The documentary also features a "Lesbian Anthem" for which the music was composed by Justin Prabhakaran and lyrics were penned by Kutti Revati and Damayanthi.

List of LGBT film festivals

An LGBT film festival or queer film festival is a specialized film festival that has an LGBT focus in its selection of films. Queer film festivals often screen films that would struggle to find a mainstream audience and are often activist spaces for awareness-raising around LGBT rights as well as for community building among queer communities.

The first queer film festivals were organized in the US as part of the awakening LGBT movement in the United States in the 1970s. The longest-running film festival with an LGBT focus is the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, which is held since 1977. Until the 1990s, queer film festivals were mostly informal screenings in Western countries. In the 1990s, NGOs were founded around queer film festivals and some festivals became commercialized. Also new markets, especially East Asia and Eastern Europe, started to emerge.LGBT film festivals use different labels to promote their focus on LGBT topics, for instance "gay and lesbian" (such as the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival), "queer", "rainbow" (such as the Rainbow Reel Tokyo), "LGBT" or another variation of the acronym. Or they might use no label in their name at all (such as the MIX NYC).

Old Market Hall

The Old Market Hall (locally known as the "OMH") is an Elizabethan building situated in the town centre of Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, England.

Built in 1596, the property is now in the ownership of Shropshire Council. In 2004 the building underwent a £1.7 million restoration, having been previously restored in 1904. The OMH is a scheduled monument.

The Hall, an example of late Tudor influence with primarily Elizabethan architecture, had two storeys: the large upper room was originally used by the Shrewsbury Drapers Company to sell Welsh cloth and the lower floor was used by farmers to sell their corn. The Old Market Hall was one of the earliest forms of prefabricated buildings; it was erected in less than four months. It bears the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth I, with the date of 1596, and the English lion and the Welsh dragon as supporters. It is thought the OMH was designed by Walter Hancock.

A previous Market House was built on the same site in the 1260s. This building was demolished to make way for the Market Hall.The OMH is made from Grinshill stone (from the north of Shropshire) and was used by wool merchants as a place to sell their fleeces. The post holes where fleeces were hung can still be seen today.

The top room of the old Market Hall was used as the town's magistrates court until 1995. The lower part of the structure has been used for many purposes, including as an air raid shelter during the Second World War.Above the main arch on the north side of the OMH there is a statue of a man in armour; he is thought to have been of Richard, Duke of York (died 1460), which would be the only one of him in the whole nation. This sculpture was originally located on the Welsh Bridge and it was moved to its current location on the orders of the town mayor in 1771.

Recently the Market Hall building has been refurbished as an arts venue and café, showcasing films and digital media. Since 2006, the Market Hall has been the venue for the annual Rainbow Film Festival - Shropshire Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.The Old Market Hall falls under the administration of the Shropshire Council's Arts & Heritage Department.

Over da Rainbow

Over da Rainbow is a 2008 American musical-comedy film (20 minutes), directed/produced/edited by Jay Lap (Jared Daniel Lapidus), written by Shawn Kittelsen and starring Al Thompson, Joseph P. McDonnell, and Tyler Hollinger. Jay Lap assisted Shawn Kittelsen in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the former's bizarre encounter with a mid-50's musically-disinclined drug-addled divorcee. The film premiered on April 12, 2008 at the First Run Film Festival. Over da Rainbow went on to win four awards at the festival, including Achievements in Producing, Editing, Sound Design, and Production Design.

Selda and Derek

Selda and Derek are an American songwriting duo, consisting of Selda Sahin (lyrics) and Derek Gregor (music), best known as the songwriters of the musical film Grind, starring Anthony Rapp, Claire Coffee and Pasha Pellosie. They co-wrote Eric Michael Krop's pop album "Greater Things".

The Colour of Darkness

The Colour of Darkness is a 2016 film written and directed by Girish Makwana. The film talks about discrimination, racism, and violence in Australia and India, and is focused on the 2009 attacks on Indian students in Melbourne and the caste system in India.

The film premiered at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) on 21 August 2016. Theatre release across Australia 19 May 2017.

Thirteen or So Minutes

Thirteen or So Minutes is an independent, short film directed by William Branden Blinn. It covers social and sexuality issues and has won prizes at the Rainbow Film Festival and NYIIFVF.

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