Snuggle up with your dog and watch heart-warming short films about our four-legged friends from around the world

The Top Dog Film Festival is back this April, with a brand-new collection of heart-warming films celebrating the incredible bond between dogs and their human companions.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:22 pm

The festival features a selection of short films that celebrate the unbreakable bond between dogs and humans.

Showing virtually, the Top Dog Film Festival features uplifting short films about our four-legged friends from around the world. From hard-working police and medical dogs to inspirational rescue dogs, audiences can witness heart-warming, moving and inspiring stories about our four-legged friends.

Tour director Nell Teasdale said: “The bond between humans and dogs can be profound, and these films celebrate the fabulous four- legged friends who enrich our lives.

“Whether you’re a dog owner or just like animals, this new collection of films is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with man’s best friend all over again.”

As well as delightful doggy films, viewers have exclusive access to behind-the-scenes Q&As with film- makers, and a dedicated kids’ zone for young animal lovers. The virtual event will also feature a live prize draw to win fantastic pup-related prizes.

The show starts on Friday, April 30. Films begin at 7.30pm, with viewers invited to explore the virtual foyer from 6.30pm, where they can enter the prize draw, take on the ultimate Top Dog Film Festival quiz and much more.

The viewing window is open for 72 hours.

“We’re delighted to be bringing these inspirational films into your living room – with the added bonus that your dogs can watch along as well,” Nell said.

“So grab the popcorn, make a brew and snuggle upwith your pets – we can’t wait to ‘virtually’ see you for a night of heart-warming entertainment!”

The Top Dog Film Festival is produced by the team behind the Banff Mountain Film Festival in the UK and Ireland, and is running as part of their Spring Series of virtual events, which also includes the brand-new Feel Good Film Festival, showing until May 10.

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Film highlights include:

Paws and Wheels

Oli Dorn is one of Germany’s best mountain bike riders, and he’s rarely seen without his trusty Australian shepherd Balu. With stunning cinematography, Paws and Wheels shows not only how much fun you can have on two wheels, but how much fun you can have on four paws! This short film is a story of epic trail shredding, but also friendship and the unbreakable bond that comes from sharing your hobby with your best furry friend.

Dr Dog

All dog-lovers know that our four-legged friends are therapeutic, but Dr Dog takes this to the next level. In this extraordinary film, we join dogs working in the field of medicine, from cancer and diabetes detection dogs, to dogs making life-changing donations at the doggy blood bank. Full of heart-warming moments and incredible feats of science, this is a unique insight into the canine companions who help dogs and humans alike.