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Friday, September 9, 2016

The First EVER Dog Film Festival


The Dog Film Festival's Game of Bones
Game of Bones directed by Blaire Dobiecki 
The Dog Film Festival™ is currently touring the country, stopping in eleven cities, including Chicago this Sunday. The festival is the first of its kind and grew out of pet wellness advocate and radio personality Tracie Hotchner's desire to celebrate the extraordinary bond between people and dogs. Inspired by the excitement around the Cat Video Festival, Tracie wondered if there were films out there about dogs - not the famous ones like Lassie or Rin Tin Tin, but films made with and because of a genuine love of dogs.

The Dog Film festival is family friendly and perfect for dog lovers of all ages. There are two separate 90 minute programs with each including documentary, animated and live-action shorts. The films are from dog-loving filmmakers from around the world, both famous directors as well as aspiring student filmmakers. For this first run, Tracie chose films that inspire, educate, and entertain. Her only criteria was that the films amaze and amuse viewers, making them think and feel, laugh and cry. She hopes the films will inspire others to find their voice and express their own passion for dogs.

The Dog Film Festival's The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold digital remastered
The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold by William Wegman
The Dog Film Festival™ not only celebrates dogs, it also helps shelter dogs find homes. In each presenting city, one shelter or rescue organization is selected to receive 50% of the proceeds of the festival. Selected shelters are also encouraged to bring adoptable dogs to showcase and mingle with moviegoers on the green carpet. "The great thing about bringing adoptable dogs to events like the film festival is that it allows people to see the dogs outside the shelter environment, which helps them imagine the dogs in a home or part of their own family," Tracie told me. 

The Petco Foundation, whose goal is to help every animal live its best life, is the Presenting National Sponsor of The Dog Film Festival. “We are thrilled to help bring the Dog Film Festival to cities across the country,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “This series of films visually relay the Petco Foundation’s core mission to create a better world for animals and the people who love them."

The Dog Film Festival's Rewind by Razor Jane
Rewind by Razor Jane
Tracie's goal is to make The Dog Film Festival an annual event and hopes next year will be even bigger and better. She also encourages folks to create their own events before and after the festival to help and celebrate dogs in their communities. Several of the participating shelters have even held pooch parties before the festival to increase awareness and ticket sales. Remaining dates for this year's festival include:

Chicago, September 11- 50% of tickets benefit PAWS Chicago! 
San Diego, September 25
New York City, October 15
Sacramento, October 30
San Antonio, November 13
Kansas City, April 2

Tickets are $15 and available for purchase here.  If you are in the Chicago area and would like attend this Sunday's Film Festival at The Music Box Theatre and mingle with adoptable dogs from PAWS Chicago, please email me at thedailypip(at)gmail(dot)com. The first five people to email me will receive a pair of tickets! 


Big thanks to festival director, Tracie Hotchner, for taking the time to speak with me. You can learn more about Tracie and her advocacy work at the Radio Pet Lady Nework, a one-of-a-kind Internet radio network for pet lovers accessible from any computer or mobile device. 

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36 comments

  1. No Portland stops. Sad! Sounds like a great event.

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  2. Oh I would love to be there....and I think we should watch the Hardly Boys again :o)

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  3. Oh, this sounds incredible! Such great entertainment and for such a wonderful cause. Thank you so much for sharing this us!

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  4. That is such a great idea and we know it will be a huge success. I would love to see that. Too bad they aren't coming down here. Wonder if she could put it on a DVD.

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  5. Oh, this is so cool! It's coming sort of near me in San Diego. Maybe I will check it out!

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  6. It's about time. Those cats have been ruling the video scene for a bit too long now.

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  7. This is PAWsome! They are coming to Sacramento and San Diego I've got to see if we can make it!!

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  8. How fun. We won't be in town this Sunday but what a grand time. The PAWS people are the best, I just sent some autographed books for their FUR BALL auction Nov. 18.


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  9. That sounds so great! Will you be going?
    Elliot and Cricket x

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  10. Hari OM
    OMD, if only I could..... sigh... what a fab concept. Hope it gets super attendance!!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  11. How adorable! Its a great idea I have seen Game of Bones with the pugs and its awesome

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  12. How fun, we wish one was near us
    hugs
    MR Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  13. Bella would love that, she loves television, so dog films would be great!

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  14. ruby....we hard lee ever say thiz...but thiz dawg biznezz sounds total lee awesum ☺☺☺☺ we hope de showz sell out N everee one findz a for everz home two !

    heerz two a spotted climbing perch kinda week oh end !! ♥♥♥

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  15. How cool! We wish it was coming here!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  16. I just say a woman wearing a Game of Bones t-shirt in the market! Will they be showing that awesome footage of Pip and Bunny's Amazing Race??

    -Otto

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  17. Thank for letting us know. Might be worth a four hour trip to New York.

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  18. OMD, that sound sooooo coool!!!! Wish there was one closer to me! Ma says Sac is too long a drive. I hopes they come here sometime soon! We gots lots of Film Festivals, and this would be a FABulous addition!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  19. Boo hoo no San Francisco but it sounds sooo awesome

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  20. That sounds like a lot of fun!
    love
    tweedles

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  21. Sounds like a fantastic event too bad cant make it

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  22. How fabulous!!! I'd love to attend in NYC in October, I'm so excited about this, such fun & will help so many pets find loving homes! Sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  23. How fabulous!!! I'd love to attend in NYC in October, I'm so excited about this, such fun & will help so many pets find loving homes! Sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  24. OMCs I must move to the windy city you always have stuffs going on.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  25. This is so cool! Sounds like a really great event... I love this pic of the dog looking through binoculars!!

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  26. That sounds so great!!! I hope that you have a blast and help dogs find homes.

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  27. OH this is purrfect for dog lovers. I hope lots of peple grab the chance to see this, it sounds BRILLIANT! We know Mr Wegman's dog pictures but love the Game of Bones picture - it had mum in fits of giggles!!

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  28. I remember when Tracie did this in NYC last year. I could not attend but I love anything that helps dogs and has dog themed movies!

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  29. I hope that the Dog Film Festival does well on its tour! The Cat Film Festival is always a lot of fun. It will be great to see the top videos that come out of the festival!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  30. I think it's wonderful that shelters receive benefits of the film festival as well as people enjoying films about dogs.

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  31. How cool! And it's coming to New York! I think Mommy should go.

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  32. How cool! And it's coming to New York! I think Mommy should go.

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  33. How (p)awesome! I wish they had a screening here! Love this idea!

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