The Dog Film Festival, in two separate programs on Sunday, June 26, will highlight the special bond between humans and canines. Seattle is the second stop on the debut festival’s tour. And yes, your dogs are welcome.
Friday was Take Your Dog to Work Day, and on Sunday, you’ll be able to take your dog to the movies.
That’s right — the world’s first film festival for our four-legged friends is coming to Seattle. Following a sold-out debut in New York last October, the Dog Film Festival is rolling out the green carpet this Sunday, June 26, at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.
The festival is split into two different 90-minute programs, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and will feature family-friendly films that highlight the special relationship between humans and canines.
Dog Film Festival
4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., June 26, $20 per program, $10 for children under 12, free for dogs, SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, http://www.siff.net/cinema/the-dog-film-festival, 206-324-9996).
Tracie Hotchner, pet wellness advocate and creator of the Radio Pet Lady Network, came up with the idea for the festival in response to the Internet Cat Video Festival and her disdain for viral videos featuring animals.
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“They tend to shame animals and make them look foolish,” Hotchner said, “but I understood that people who love cats wanted to come together and share that experience of their love for felines.”
Looking into short movies, documentaries and narrative films, Hotchner said she was “astonished” by the wealth and quality of material that she found.
“My interest was the exploration, through the art of film, of the bond between people and dogs, and the many different shapes and sizes that it takes,” Hotchner said.
Jill Ferguson, Seattle-based author, blogger and founder of Women’s Wellness Weekends, plans to attend with Nacho, her red heeler.
“It seems like the lineup of films that they have are structured to be very entertaining and funny,” Ferguson said. The film lineup includes “Fog of Courage” (a cowardly dog must rescue his owner), “The Lewis Lectures” (animated tale about what dogs are thinking and doing when we leave the house), and “Dog Years” (a dog questions his relationship with his absentee human).
As for Nacho, Ferguson said that he would be excited for the festival, not least for the popcorn.
“He really likes to interact with people, and he really likes to interact with other dogs,” Ferguson said.
Seattle is the second stop of the touring festival, which kicked off June 5 in Los Angeles. Hotchner said the festival has been “an uplifting experience” for audience members.
“People go in thinking that this seems like it could be a good experience, and they come out deeply moved,” Hotchner said. “People have gone out of their way to say thank you.”
Seattle Humane, which is bringing adoptable dogs to the fest, will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales. Hotchner said that Seattle — which has more dogs than children — was an ideal city for the festival to visit.
Hotchner is already planning for the next Dog Film Festival.
“This is not a trivial experience,” she said. “I think it’s a very profound, moving, exciting, thrilling, funny, tear-jerking experience of films.”