First annual dog film festival

The First Annual Dog Film Festival will take place in New York, with animated, live action, and documentary short-film offerings. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Film is going to the dogs, and that’s a good thing, according to Tracie Hotchner, pet wellness advocate and radio personality. Hotchner is producing a one-day cinematic celebration honoring the bonds between people and their dogs.

Hotchner who is the voice behind the Radio Pet Lady Network is producing the First Annual Dog Film Festival, which can be seen October 2, at Symphony Space in Manhattan. This day-long event will showcase short films up to 45 minutes in length in two hour intervals. Film categories include animated, live action, and documentary. Film submissions are currently being accepted.

“Featured films will be chosen for their provoking thought, laughter, tears, or amazement from the thousands of people who will gather to share their love of dogs,” Hotchner says.

A premiere cocktail party complete with red carpet and plenty of press will be held before the festival. “Dogs and their humans will be welcomed by photographers on a red carpet into the event,” said Hotchner. “The premiere pooch party will feature entertainment and education, including sketch artists, animal psychics, NYPD officers with their K-9 partners, dog portraitists, acupuncture demonstrations, and advice from dog trainers, veterinarians, and groomers.”

Specialty canine-themed drinks for pet parents and snacks for the dogs will be served. Admission is $50 per person; a portion of the ticket fee goes to Bideawee, a leading animal shelter in New York City that is known for its many educational, veterinary, and adoption programs in Manhattan, Westhampton, and Wantagh.

Since the festival is new, dog parents can sign up to become a founding member. For more information about getting involved or purchasing tickets, visit the Dog Film Festival site.

Sources: First Annual Dog Film Festival, Radio Pet Lady Network