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 a preference for films under 30 minutes). The 8th Annual NY DFF will be held in New York City in October 2023 at the Village East by Angelika theater. The festival will then travel to theaters around the United States and Canada into 2024.

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, a VIP doggy "sWag" gift bag, and two 2 tickets (or more if requested) to the NYC showing.

Submission Guidelines to the NY Dog Film Festival (NY DFF) are as follows:
Entrants accept all rules and regulations of Pet Media Inc. (doing business as NY DFF, and referred to herein as NY DFF). Filmmakers must be 18+ yrs old or, if under 18, must have written adult consent by a parent or guardian.
The filmmaker must have the intellectual property rights and distribution rights to enter this film into the competition.
The filmmaker must have the performing rights for any music contained in the film and provide evidence should it be required.
The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and s/he fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law.
The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work, that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission, that it is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
The filmmaker accepts responsibility for obtaining any permissions required by copyright law in the use of any music and images used in their films. NY DFF takes no responsibility for copyright infringement.
NY DFF is not responsible for any type of loss or damage to you pertaining to the film or its and you agree to hold NY DFF harmless from and defend them against any 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 NY DFF.
The NY DFF accepts only digital submissions viewable online. Chosen films will be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file, a Blu-Ray DVD, or a digital download for delivery to theaters for screening purposes. The filmmaker is responsible for supplying a high-resolution format of their film. Filmmaker assigns NY DFF the right to copy the entry in its entirety for technical operations in and through any and all current or future media formats.
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.
Films can have been made at any point in time.
Films must be “shorts” and less than 60 minutes long, with a preference for films less than 30 minutes long.
By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees that NY DFF does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting a film, the filmmaker is agreeing to screen his/her film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected to be shown in any format as part of NY DFF anywhere in the world in perpetuity.
The filmmaker understands that films will be shown at multiple screenings across the United States, Canada, and possibly other English-speaking countries over multiple years, although there is no guarantee that every film seen in the NYC annual premiere will be included in the traveling version.
You grant NY DFF and its successors, licensees and assignees the use of your film and any associated photos or extracts for all destinations of the NY DFF in any year. You grant permission for any subsequent broadcast uses and platforms, including all digital formats, not limited to cinema projection, Video on Demand, AVOD, SVOD, DVD/Blu-Ray, streaming compilations, and emerging technology. Segments of the films may be used in trailers and marketing. Photographs, clips of films or filmmaker submitted images may be used in promotional material and social media. NY DFF may sub-license this right without further consent. NY DFF reserves the right to include any accepted films on any format used for promotional purposes.
The NY DFF Founder and Director, Tracie Hotchner, will have absolute discretion and make the final decision on which films will be included in the NY DFF.
Filmmakers will be notified of their status prior to the Festival by email. Filmmakers of chosen films will receive 2 tickets (or more if requested) to the program[s] in the NYC premiere of the NY DFF at SVA Theater in New York City.
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 traveling version.
For promotional and publicity purposes, brief (less than one minute) clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any network, the internet, or related media, including promotion by our sponsors.
Submitting a film to the NY DFF implies acceptance of these regulations and your warranty that, to the best of your knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agree to the stipulated terms.

Overall Rating
  • Donna Guthrie

    It was a wonderful festival. I was honored to have my film THE MEETUP show last Sunday. The audience was so appreciative and it was a fun event for everyone.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Donna thanks so much for your kind words. Your film was an audience (and one of my!) favorites - animation is an art and you are an artist! Thank you for being part of the dog love!

  • Hope Martinez

    Amazing festival! Great communication and professionalism! ✨🎥

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Hope- I wish you and your dazzling young star could have been there in person to soak up the audience love for ADAM .You made a gem of a narrative film that will stay with any people lucky enough to see the festival as it tours the country.

  • One of the best festivals out there. Communication is amazing and passion is felt! Getting a New York Times article reviewing the festival as well as a nation wide theater release ain't half bad either :)

    November 2021
  • FANTASTIC! NY DOG FILM FESTIVAL is terrific! Honored to have my animated short, WIENER DOG BLUES show in theaters in NYC and across the country with this excellent festival!

    November 2021
  • Tracy is wonderful and the experience of the NY Dog Film Festival was great. If you love your animals, I highly recommend applying.

    May 2020