New York Dog Festival (Film & Reception)

The NY Dog Film Festival® is an annual philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people.

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival & I Heart Animal Rescue invite you to join us for the 2024 New York Dog Film Festival. The evening begins at 1:30pm with a complimentary Mimosa and a succulent Waffle Bar supplied by the Mountain Waffle Co. And of course, the chance to learn about the amazing things I Heart does for animal welfare in our community and possibility the chance to meet the new love of your life! The films begin at 3pm.

The Festival is a two-hour program of short films with a canine theme – a medley of animated, documentary and narrative films from around the world.  The Festival premieres every year at a theater in New York City and then travels to theaters in cities across the United States and Canada, with a portion of every ticket benefiting a local rescue devoted to canine welfare.

8th Annual NY Dog Film Festival Films [13 films, 110 min]

MACGREGOR THE SCOT [5 min] directed by Robert J Stritch
A music video celebrating a Border Collie bred to run and herd sheep whose life path takes him in a different direction

DEBORAH [3 min] directed by Anne K. Fergerson
A tribute to a woman’s lifelong love of cocker spaniels.

THE MISSING PIECE (Czech Republic) [4 min] directed by Luis Madrid
A clever Border Collie sets out to fill in the missing photograph in her family’s photo display.

AMBER’S HALFWAY HOME [23 min] directed by Melissa Armstrong & Jason Pidgeon
A day in the life of a special rescuer in the fields and dog pounds of western Tennessee.

YOU CAN’T SHRINK LOVE [5 min] directed by Veena Rao
An artist gives life to the memories of our most beloved companions – in miniature.

47 SECONDS [4 min] directed by Nepal Arslan
The true story of a film found in an old camera showing a small white dog on a beach – that seems to have time traveled into the filmmaker’s own life present.

RANGER: CANINE ALPINIST [8 min] directed by Ned Thanhouser
A documentary recounting the life of an Alsatian Shepherd dog who was a favorite of local climbers in the 1920s and 1930s, accompanying them to the summit of Mt. Hood over five hundred times.

FILMING DOGS (Australia) [10 min] directed by Peta Hitchens

A documentary following a small scruffy terrier called Ra as she attends an animal actor audition

with three other dog actors.

LINCHPINS OF DEAD DOG ISLAND (Puerto Rico) [13 min] directed by Aja Nikiya

A documentary directed by the protagonist of this documentary showcasing the women she worked alongside in Puerto Rico to save animals from the streets and after Hurricane Maria.

BARC IF YOU NEED HELP [13 min] directed by Tula Asselanis
Teenagers incarcerated in a juvenile detention center are chosen for a special project where they live with and train rescued shelter dogs.

SET ADRIFT (UK)  [8 min] directed by Jen Sheridan
When Patch’s beloved owner goes missing in the sea, the little dog has to work out what is real and what is just a memory.

BEAR THE COURTHOUSE CANINE [5 min] directed by Michelle Williams
All about Bear, a specifically trained Labrador who gives support and comfort to children having to give courtroom testimony in the criminal justice system. 

RILEY LOVES PASTA [2 min] directed by Katie Shifley & Kendra Wissel
A culinary journey for a dog who counts the days until “pasta night”!

Program is subject to change without notice.

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