Man’s best friend is getting his moment on the silver screen.

By Cailey Rizzo
October 06, 2016
Dog Film Festival
Credit: Courtesy of Dog Film Festival

The second annual Dog Film Festival will take place in New York on October 15.

The day-long event will include screenings of feature-length films, documentaries, and shorts. The programme is all family-friendly—and all about dogs.

The festival is the brainchild of Tracie Hotchner, the host of NPR’s “Dog Talk.” It started as a way for Hotchner to “educate the public about adoption, pet wellness issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives,” according to a statement. She was able to make the festival a reality with a grant from the Petco Foundation, which invests in animal welfare work and adoption programs.

The films selected are meant to explore the relationships between humans and their canine companions. The selections are centered around four different themes: dogs in the outdoors, the Brits and their dogs, adopted dogs, and dogs helping others. Each theme will last two hours and include a variety of films, feature-length and short.

Dog Film Festival
Credit: Kyle O’Donoghue

Don't expect any of those tear-jerker flicks about dogs. Every selection has a happy ending and if audiences cry, it will be only with joy. Film selections include a video of a Yorkie running around New York City in a Wonder Woman costume, a documentary about dogs in correctional facilities and an animation of a man out for a walk with his three dogs.

Sadly dogs are not allowed in the screening space. Owners who want to bring their pups around are encouraged to leave them at the festival’s official doggy daycare, 20 blocks south of the theatre.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children per screening and can be purchased online or at the door. Tickets for the entire day’s program will cost $40. Half of each ticket price will be donated to the Alliance for NYC’s Animals.