This Film Festival is for Dog Lovers


edited by Sam Kolesnik

A new film festival celebrating the bonds between dogs and humans comes to the United Kingdom this year beginning in May with a premiere in Edinburgh. The Top Dog Film Festival, which originated in Australia, is a canine-inspired collection of uplifting short films.

Still from  Henry’s Legacy

Still from Henry’s Legacy

“Humans and dogs share a precious, heart-warming bond, and this brand-new collection of films celebrates the canine companions that enrich our lives,” says tour director Nell Teasdale. “Whether you’re a dog owner or just like dogs, these films are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with man’s best friend all over again.”

The Top Dog Film Festival features work by filmmakers from all around the world and 2019 will be the first year the festival tours in the UK.

Program highlights include:


Synopsis: On day four of a gruelling adventure race in Ecuador, Team Peak Performance from Sweden were closing in on the race’s leaders, when a surprise addition to the team changed their course. The athletes were approached by a then un-named stray dog, severely injured with a large wound on its back. This chance encounter led to a 10,000km journey for one dog to join a team and find a home.

Still from  The Dogist

Still from The Dogist


Synopsis: After unexpectedly losing his corporate job, Elias Weiss Friedman, aka @thedogist, set out into the streets of New York City with a camera and a squeaky tennis ball. Since then he’s photographed and captured the personalities of 30,000 dogs all around the world, racking up an impressive 3.2 million followers on Instagram along the way. He can also imitate three different barking noises with frightening accuracy... but luckily for him, New York is a place where you can walk down the street woofing and no-one pays you any attention.

Tickets for the festival are now available on the Top Dog Film Festival website and you can check out the tour dates and festival trailer below!

• 18 May EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre

• 24 September WHITLEY BAY, Playhouse

• 26 September BUXTON, Opera House

• 27 September LEAMINGTON SPA, Royal Spa Centre

• 1 & 2 October LONDON, Conway Hall

• 3 October POOLE, Lighthouse - Theatre

• 9 October BATH, Komedia

• 30 October DORKING, Dorking Halls

• 5 November CHELTENHAM, Town Hall

• 6 November EXETER, Corn Exchange

• 7 November REDRUTH, Regal Theatre

• 9 November BRISTOL

• 13 November PORTHCAWL, Grand Pavilion

Samantha Kolesnik