The NY Dog Film Festival is a celebration of the love between dogs and their people and the shelters that bring them together. A local shelter receives a portion of the ticket sales in every town. Films of varying lengths all have a canine theme - whether narrative, documentary or animated (with preference for films under 30 minutes). The 5th Annual NY DFF will be held in New York City on Saturday November 2nd 2019 and then the Festival will travel all around the country in 2021.

Being chosen to be part of the NY Dog Film Festival automatically makes a filmmaker a winner! All chosen filmmakers will receive a limited edition t-shirt, gift bag and two 2 tickets to both NYC programs on November 2nd 2019 or in any city in 2021 playing the program with their film.

Submission Guidelines to the NY Dog Film Festival are as follows:
Entrants accept all rules and regulations of NY DFF and must be 18+ yrs old, or young filmmakers under 18 must have written adult consent by a parent or guardian.
The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold Dog Film Festival harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.
Films that are not in the English language must be subtitled or dubbed.
Films are welcome that may have been previously seen by the public.
By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees to the following conditions:
The NY DFF will screen films digitally and therefore accepts only digital submissions viewable online. Chosen films will be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file for screening purposes. Filmmaker is responsible for supplying a high resolution format of their film. Contact the Festival director for assistance if needed.
For multiple entries, please note that each film entered must have a separate entry form.
Filmmakers will be notified of their status 8 weeks prior to the Festival by email. Filmmakers of chosen films will be our guest (plus 1) and receive 2 tickets to both programs in the NYC Festival.
The NY DFF will travel to multiple U.S. locations annually although there is no guarantee that every film seen in the NYC annual premiere will be included in the edited traveling version.
Filmmaker's permission is granted to all destinations of the NY DFF in any year, and any subsequent broadcast uses and platforms, including emerging technology. However, if your film is chosen to be part of an online On Demand Collection of the NY DFF that will be a separate use and you will receive compensation from those downloads.
NY DFF does not pay screening fees for theaters under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected.
For promotional and publicity purposes, brief clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any network, the internet, or related media, including promotion by our sponsors.
NY DFF reserves the right to include any accepted films on any format used for promotional purposes.
Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties.
Submitting a film to the NY Dog Film Festival implies acceptance of these regulations.

Overall Rating
  • So happy that my short documentary, 'Goodnight, Friend', was selected to screen in the 2018 festival. I wish I could have made it to New York to see all the films. The communication from Tracie has been excellent and so friendly. This is a lovely film festival run by and run for animals lovers. How fabulous that it raises money for charity too.

    January 2019
  • Marco Comandini

    Amazing Theater and amazing audience and beautiful shorts and documentaries!
    Had a lot of fun!

    December 2018
  • Michael Bulda

    Five Stars for this festival, and also for the dogs who were the real stars. This festival is a must for any documentary/film maker who is a dog lover at heart. Tracy Hotchner and her staff put so much into this festival making us all feel welcome, and also finding a great venue. Communication was excellent, so was the quality of the films.

    December 2018
  • Penelope Laurence

    Wonderful, well organised festival with a wide variety of good quality films and 50% of ticket sales going to charity.

    October 2016
  • Patricia Denys

    Incredible! An honour and Tracie Hotchner is fabulous!

    Perfect experience!

    Patricia Denys

    October 2016