DOGUE is so excited to be supporting the Top Dog Film Festival for the sixth year in a row!
This carefully curated Film Festival about dogs and their humans, graces Australian screens once again for its sixth year. The Top Dog Film Festival showcases six awe inspiring films created by independent filmmakers from around the world. Kicking off in July, the festival is set to wags tails in cinemas around the country before finishing off in August.
“This family friendly, loved by all Film Festival presents a 2-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. Seeing the impact that dogs have on the lives of their owners and those around them never ceases to amaze me. While each of the six films in this year's program are very different, the common thread is the incredible impact dogs have on our lives; how they can make us smile, save us from misfortune, provide us with hope and fill our hearts with love”, says Jemima Robinson, Top Dog Film Festival Founder.
“The past few years have been tough in the film industry with many productions halting, however, with the world opening back up again we are thrilled to give audiences around Australia the opportunity to discover these unique and inspiring stories from around the world and even some closer to home”.
Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions, gather to support senior dogs, watch in awe as dogs come to the rescue, witness a centuries long tradition continue in Greenland, and meet Rodney the adventure loving bulldog.
The festival will kick off in Cairns on the 23rd of July and travel around Australia visiting 25 different local cinemas and theatres, before finishing off in Avoca Beach on 26th August. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TopDogFilmFestival.com.au and there are even deals on offer for groups with more than 10 people, you’d be barking mad to miss it!
DOG’S TO THE RESCUE
30 minutes – Australia
Meet some very special dogs who are going above and beyond to serve and protect. Bear, Spot and Zacc are all proving themselves to be very good boys. Heroes coming to the rescue when man and Koala’s are most in need. Utilising their specialised training and in Spot’s case his natural instincts these three very special dogs are ready and willing to come to the rescue.
Bear the kollie from the Sunshine Coast was rescued from a dog shelter and trained by the team at Sunshine Coast University to help scientists locate Koalas for research. When the 2019 fires decimated much of Kangaroo Island, Bear was called upon to use his special skills to help find the injured wildlife giving them a second chance at life.
Access the Trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4jjAOKrfHRw
40 minutes – USA
Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tennessee was founded by Zina & Michael Gooden. Together with their amazing staff, and the gang of one hundred plus senior pooches, they parade from their old home into a brand new 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, funded completely by Facebook donations. Old Friends is a one-of-a-kind dog sanctuary especially for senior dogs.
For everyone who’s been lucky enough to love a senior pup, this film will resonate deeply with this special type of bond you know to be true.
Access the trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VaiAWcasjvU
4 minutes – Canada
Rodney's not much of an adventure dog. But he wants to be. Living in North Vancouver, he's got all the outdoor opportunities he could possibly needs!
Come along for the ride as he makes his way around North Vancouver, taking inspiration from his buddies Moss, Moka, Hunter and friends, getting involved in paddleboarding, mountain biking, dirt biking, hiking, trail running, and climbing.
Trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/F_qpvEDU7DY
9 minutes – Greenland
On the western coast of Greenland, a young boy dreams of winning the national championship of dog sledding, an ancient form of transportation which has turned into a highly competitive sport. For thousands of years the sled dog has shaped the life of the Inuit people.
Today, global and local changes are threatening the future of the sled dog in Greenland, and the unique culture surrounding it. 'The Race' is a portrait of 13 year-old Nick, who's stepping into the sport of dog sledding for the very first time. His story is joined by 72 year-old race legend Ville Siegstad, whose life has inspired many young sled dog mushers.
2 DOGS, 1 CROSSING
19 minutes : France
Join Jack the Husky and Texas the Jack Russell on a crossing of the European alpine range known as the Pyrenees. Together with their humans they travel from West to East for more than 800km on foot.
MAX! The Dogumentary
10 minutes – USA
In a rural town of Southern California, the mayor is a Golden Retriever named Max, a beacon of positivity to the citizens of Idyllwild. In this heart warming documentary, we discover how the dynasty of golden retriever mayor's came to be, the family behind the mayor, and how a community has blossomed over its newfound beloved, furry leader.
Find the trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ACVA2CL3If4
TOUR DATES: 2022
Canberra, National Film & Sound Archives: Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 August
Albury, Regent Cinema: Sunday, 14 August
Avoca Beach, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre: Friday, 26 August
Byron Bay, Byron Bay Theatre: Saturday, 30 July
Coffs Harbour, Jetty Memorial Theatre: Saturday, 13 August
Katoomba, United Cinemas: Wednesday, 24 August
Newcastle, Event Cinemas Kotara: Wednesday, 17 August
Sydney East, Ritz Cinema: Sunday, 21 August
Sydney North, Hayden Orpheum: Sunday, 14 August
Wollongong, Gala Twin Cinemas: Saturday, 30 July
Alice Springs, Araluen Arts Centre: Saturday, 20 August
Darwin, Deckchair Cinema: Wednesday, 24 August
Brisbane, Brisbane Powerhouse: Tuesday, 26 July
Cairns, CPAC: Saturday, 23 July
Gold Coast, HOTA: Thursday, 4 August
Noosa, The J: Saturday, 6 August
Townsville, Warrina Cinaplex: Wednesday, 17 August
Adelaide, Capri Theatre: Saturday, 6 August
Hobart, Village Cinemas: Wednesday, 10 August
Launceston, The Tramsheds: Saturday, 6 August
Geelong, Village Cinemas: Wednesday, 17 August
Melbourne City, Village Crown Cinemas: Thursday, 4 August
Melbourne, Astor Theatre: Sunday, 31 July
Rosebud, Peninsula Cinemas: Saturday, 30 July
Albany, Entertainment Centre: Saturday, 30 July
Perth, State Theatre Centre of WA: Friday 19 August & Saturday 20 August
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!