Photos courtesy of Jim Dratfield's Petography


After the annual premiere in New York City, Tracie Hotchner takes the NY Dog Film Festival around the country each year, showing two different film programs. The NY Cat Film Festival programs will screen the day before at every destination.


The NY Dog Film Festival is a celebration through short films of the love between dogs and their people. The films offer dog lovers a shared audience experience of canine-themed films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain about the human-canine bond.

The Festival consists of two separate and totally different 75-minute programs of short films, which are each a medley of animated, documentary, or narrative films with actors and a script.

The Festival also has a philanthropic mission to support the animal welfare groups that protect dogs, promote the human-canine bond and bring people and pets together. A local shelter receives a portion of the ticket sales in every town and is there at the theater with adoptable dogs (when possible)

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]