Dog Film Festival

February 19 only

What’s better than a dog film festival?  How about a BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog)  film festival?!  In celebration of the remarkable bond between people and dogs, the Roxie Theater welcomes well-behaved pups to join their human companions at the event. This is especially fitting since the theater is right near Rescue Row, the 200 block of Alabama Street between 15th and 16th streets, where the SFACC and other city animal welfare groups are located. pug

50% of proceeds will be donated to San Francisco Animal Care & Control

The festival, perfect for dog lovers of all ages, is comprised of two programs of completely different selections of documentary, animated and live-action short films that illuminate human-canine love,  Each screening is approximately 75 minutes long. The mission of the NY Dog Film Festival is to combine films that entertain and inspire while supporting local animal welfare organizations, which receive 50% of the proceeds. The Festival will continue to tour nationally to 12 cities in 2017.

The first-ever NY Dog Film Festival™ will come to in San Francisco over President’s weekend.  The philanthropic festival celebrates the remarkable bond between dogs and their people and benefits San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SFACC). The festival will showcase two different 75 minute programs of short, canine-themed films submitted by filmmakers from around the world.




HARVEY & HARMONY (1:00)   

K9s FOR WARRIORS (2:00)  Ben’s story of managing PTSD with his dog.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MOLLY (6:45) First time British director Sue Carpenter’s love tribute to her black Lab Molly.

989 MILES HOME (15:00) Laurence Alexander’s student film depicting discarded dogs in South Carolina being transported by volunteers to welcoming adoptive homes in the Northeast.

GAME OF BONES (10:30) Director Blaire Dobiecki (Melbourne, Australia) re-imagines the popular television series with a similar name, starring her own rescued Lab, Helen, as the heroine.

SECOND CHANCES (4:00)  Michael Raab’s account of prisoners training dogs of adopters who meet and thank them.

CONVERSATION WITH MY DOGS (2:45)  Humorist Merrill Markoe questions why her dogs follow her everywhere.

DAVID & GOLIATH (12) Director George Zaverdas based his period film on a true story of a Jewish resistance fighter fleeing from the Nazis, who takes refuge in a dog house where the German shepherd saves his life.

LE SAUVETAGE (6:00)  Peter Mcevilley’s faux-French tale of how dogs view us and bring us together –  promoting adoption with the rescued performing Olate dogs. (in French with subtitles)  

USEFUL DOG TRICKS (4:00) Heather Brook’s Terrier Jesse embodies “multi-tasking.”

A BOY AND HIS DOG (9:30) Jonna Mciver ‘s documentary features Owen – a very little boy – whose family adopts Haatchi – a very big dog – and how they make each other whole.  

PETCO FOUNDATION (3:00) Story of Ewok’s adoption by Jamie Chung.




K9s FOR WARRIORS (2:00) Brett’s story handling PTSD with his dog.

MYRA & PRINCE (4:00)  Director Christine Kim is a social worker for homeless people with pets – and chronicles the story of a former showgirl, Myra, who experienced homelessness with her dog Prince.  

FOG OF COURAGE (7:35) John R. Dilworth (an Academy Award nominee) made this animated horror/comedy about a cowardly dog named Courage.  

LOOKING FOR LOVE (3:00) Australian director Blaire Dobiecki stars her rescued black Lab, Helen, in a cautionary tale about looking for love online.  

THE LEWIS LECTURES (7:30) Merrill Markoe’s animated depiction of what dogs actually think and do when we leave the house.

DOG YEARS (4:00) Director Sam Hearn’s voice-over of a dog who questions his relationship with his frequently absent owner.

VALENTINA (9:30) Spanish directors Crespo and Romera’s tale of an estranged couple and their Pug Valentina, who brings them back together. (in Spanish, sub-titled).

THE POODLE TRAINER (7:45)   Vance Malone’s character study of a circus trainer, whose performing poodles are the center of her universe. (in Russian, sub-titled)

ROCKET (2:00) Jennifer Sheridan’s award-winning film about her little dog’s fantasy exploits.

DINE IN THE DARK (:30)   Jake Shannon, an Australian student, made this PSA for Guide Dogs for the Blind to create empathy for living with vision-impairment.

SECOND CHANCES (20:00)  Director Steven Latham’s film about female prisoners who train dogs from shelters, changing lives on both ends of the leash.

PETCO FOUNDATION – Bonnie Thunder’s adoption story.



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