New York City Rolls Out the Red Carpet For Dog Film Festival

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
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Move over Cannes, there’s a new dog (film festival) in town! The second annual Dog Film Festival will be making its return to New York City on October 15, and you won’t want to miss some amazing films about furry friends.

This Saturday, October 15, the Dog Film Festival will feature four different movies that will focus on canine themes that include adventure and sport, dog adoption, and ‘tales’ of redemption. Some movies are animated, others documentary or live-action shorts, but all highlight the bond between humans and people as something pretty incredible.

The Dog Film Festival was founded in 2015, by Tracie Hotchner, who is best known for being the host of NPR’s Dog Talk, as well as being an accomplished author and podcast host, and premiers in New York City annually before it travels around the country. As it moves from place to place, the Festival partners with local welfare organizations to help adopt dogs out and raise funds for each organization.

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Hotchner felt led by her love for dogs and her desire to give back to organizations that helped pets in need and decided that the Dog Film Festival would allow films to show pet and human relationships in different lights than may often be typical. When she chooses films to highlight, she looks for ones that make her feel intense emotions.

She is quick to point out, though, that even though the films may be emotional, all are very uplifting and okay for any age group. Hotchner feels that crying for joy or because one is moved in a positive manner is important and that the four highlighted films share the opportunity for one to laugh and cry in a world that is often void of emotion.

One of the movies featured at last year’s debut was the comedic “Game of Bones,” and this year will also share hilarity in “Sniff” but will also touch your heart with “A Man and His Dog,” a short film about Bowie (the man) and Bowlo (his dog) and their unbelievable bond and life outlook.

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The festival is nationally sponsored by The Petco Foundation, and half of the proceeds for the New York premier will go to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help shelters save homeless animals. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults (per screening), and though dogs are not allowed a the viewings (the nerve!), attendees who would like to share part of the experience with their pets can let their dogs hang out at the festival’s Doggie Daycare, Camp Canine, which is located right up the street.

If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, check them out. A full listing of films can be found here, and we guarantee you’ll love dogs even more than you already did. (If that’s possible!)

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