HONOLULU - Nearly 300 people turned out for the opening of the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Thursday night.

The Doris Duke Theatre hosted one of the longest running LGBT film festivals in the country.  It features 20 films over 10 days aimed at educating and raising awareness about gay and lesbian culture, arts, and lifestyle.

"It brings the community together because everyone can Netflix and chill.  But, they don't have that community response where everyone's laughing together, or crying together, and it also interacts with the actual filmmakers and actors," said festival director Brent Anbe.

The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival ends Aug. 19 followed by a fundraiser party on Aug. 20.