Attention to all those cinephiles who have a furry friend that you've always wanted to bring them to the theatre: Los Angeles will hold its first ever Dog Film Festival this weekend (June 4 & 5)! Created by Tracie Hotchner, the film festival was designed to celebrate the wondrous and storied bond between Man and Dog. She first began the festival last year in New York, and now it’s making its way across 12 other communities in the U.S., including Seattle, Chicago, Santa Fe, San Antonio, and, of course, Los Angeles.

Weekend: Dog Film Festival


There's no way you can hear the names "Benji" or "Lassie" without feeling a heart tug. And there's no way you can spend a Sunday watching films filled with Fido goodness without wanting to rush home to your own pup, arms spread wide. The traveling canine-focused movie event lands at The Crest Westwood on June 5, with a kick-off Afternoon Tea Pooch Party on Saturday, June 4. There shall be adoptable dogs in attendance, so let the heart tugs commence.


Independent | LA’s first Dog Film Festival features howl-out-loud comedies and ruff, tough true stories

by Tim Walker

The event is sponsored by the Petco Foundation and 50 per cent of ticket sales go to animal welfare organizations.

This weekend, the city that’s home to both the American movie industry and Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Centre is melding movies and mutts for the first ever Los Angeles Dog Film Festival. On 5 June, dogs and their owners can attend two programs of dog-based short films at the Crest Theatre in Westwood, which, according to the festival’s website, “illuminate ways that dogs and people touch each others’ lives.”

These Photos from the Dog Film Festival Will Melt Your Heart


On June 4 and 5, the New York-based Dog Film Festival makes its debut in Los Angeles. Featuring two 90-minute programs of short films, the festival showcases works that reveal the bond between humans and our loyal, four-legged besties.

But obviously, the best part of the whole thing is the photo opps. Here are our favorite images from the festival’s Instagram; we defy you to steer clear of the event after getting to know these canine film aficionados.


Examiner | Dogs come to the rescue bringing joy, love and laughter at the Dog Film Festival

by Christine Zeiger

Doggy detectives are on duty in artist William Wegman’s highly-acclaimed film “The Hardly Boys In Hardly Gold”, starring four of his famous Weimaraners Fay Ray, Battina, Crooky and Chundo, who prove dogs have a knack of making humans howl with laughter.