CALLING ALL DOG LOVERS! Featuring a collection of inspirational dog-themed films from all around the world, the Top Dog Film Festival is coming to the UK for the first time ever this autumn.
The Top Dog Film Festival originated in Australia, with the aim of celebrating the incredible bond
between dogs and their people through independent film. It features a collection of heart-warming
films about our four-legged friends – from the scruffiest street dogs to our most pampered pooches!
The short films are introduced by a compere, and there’s a prize draw for paw-some goodies during
the interval, making the event feel far more special than a regular night at the cinema – it’s a
celebration and gathering of likeminded, dog-loving folk.
Highlights of this year’s tour include Arthur, which tells the story of an unexpected and yet unbreakable bond formed between man and dog under the least likely of circumstances – on an adventure race in a far-flung corner of the Amazon rainforest.
The film will warm you right to the bottom of your heart. But what is remarkable about this tale of love is that it doesn’t end with Arthur, thanks to the actions of Mikael and his family, not only has adorable Arthur found a happy home for life, but the prospects for dogs (and creatures of all shapes and sizes) have improved in Ecuador and will do so for years to come.
Another active offering is Dog Power, which meets dog owners whose pup is more than just a pet –they are a team-mate. Dog Power is an uplifting story about cross-country running with dogs (canicross), biking with dogs (scooterjoring) and skiing with dogs (skijoring). We guarantee this film will inspire you to take dog walking to the next level.
At the other end of the spectrum is Love Unleashed, which celebrates dogs in the later years of their lives, and meets people who prefer to adopt senior dogs. They might be old… but their sense of loyalty and unconditional love is stronger than ever. And in The Dogist we meet New Yorker Elias Weiss Friedman, who has spent the last two years taking photos of dogs, racking up an impressive 3.5 million followers on Instagram in the process. As well as his photography kit, his other work gear includes a squeaky tennis ball and a pocket full of treats – far more interesting than a briefcase.
FIND OUT MORE!
The Top Dog Film Festival is visiting 13 venues around the UK this autumn, kicking off in Whitley Bay on 24 September and finishing in Porthcawl on 13 November. It’s selling fast so don’t miss out – visit www.topdogfilmfestival.co.uk for tickets and more information.
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