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The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is a not-for-profit arts organisation that explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums. HRAFF inspires and engages audiences with social justice and human rights issues via an annual festival and year-round through our Schools and Community (SAC) program, our online networks and partners. HRAFF is an independent organisation which is not aligned or affiliated with any political party or religious group.


"Film and the arts have so much power to influence the way we see the world, to heighten our awareness of the plight of those in our community and in the world community."

- Margaret Pomeranz AM, HRAFF Patron


Our Mission

Artists and creatives have always been at the vanguard of social change – we rely on them to hold a mirror to the uneasy truths of our times and reflect our stories. Sometimes those stories are uncomfortable, sometimes they’re challenging, sometimes inspiring, sometimes hopeful - but they are always on HRAFF’s radar to showcase.

That critical intersect of creative cultural expression and the bold and brave storytelling of the artists, film-makers, musicians is the heart and soul of what the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is all about. It’s why we exist – engaging and inspiring audiences on human rights issues through art, film, music and conversation, which flows through to the partnerships and relationships that we nurture.

The Festival

In the lead up to its milestone 10th anniversary, HRAFF continues to provide a platform whereby creatives, organisations and the Australian public are brought together by their common desire to contribute to social change.

The full program will be released 4th April, but six sessions will be available for purchase from Tuesday 28th February for a limited time only until midnight Monday 6th March.

Festival and National Tour dates for 2017:


SYDNEY 23 – 27 MAY


PERTH 29 – 31 MAY


The 2016 Annual REPORT

"In the past 12 months, we have broken all records. We presented our biggest and boldest creative program to date, bringing Australian human rights issues to the forefront with our Opening Night film, Chasing Asylum and the musical documentary, Prison Songs." - Evelyn Tadros, Chair. Read and download the full annual report here

Click through to view the previous 2016 program. Information about ticketing here. HRAFF is committed to improving the accessibility of the festival for all festival-goers. Click here for access information for 2016.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is located - the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to their elders both past and present.