The Top Dog Film Festival is available virtually with two fantastic film programmes to choose from!
With a brand-new collection of inspirational dog-themed films, the 2021 Top Dog Film Festival is streaming live on 2 April and 30 April. And with an uplifting collection of films about our four-legged friends, the 2020 Top Dog Film Festival is available to watch on demand.
Check out the film programmes below – or use the discount code EPIC-TEN to double the doggy fun and come to both!
TOP DOG 2021 FILMS
The latest collection of uplifting canine-themed films from around the globe!
We all know that our four-legged friends are therapeutic, but Dr Dog takes this to the next level. In this extraordinary film, we join dogs working in the field of medicine, from cancer and diabetes detection dogs, to dogs making life-changing donations at the doggy blood bank. Full of heart-warming moments and incredible feats of science, this is a unique insight into the canine companions who help dogs and humans alike.
MARK & MYA
After the unexpected loss of his dad, travel-addict Mark is determined to explore the world – but not without his fluffy white German shepherd Mya by his side. On a road trip of over 80,000km, Mark and Mya’s many adventures include skiing, snow-shoeing and white-water rafting, and the loveable duo share pet-friendly tips on how to have a dog and a life of adventure and travel at the same time.
PAWS AND WHEELS
Oli Dorn is one of Germany’s best mountain bike riders, and he’s rarely seen without his trusty Australian shepherd Balu. With stunning cinematography, Paws and Wheels shows not only how much fun you can have on two wheels, but how much fun you can have on four paws! A story of epic trail shredding, but also the unbreakable bond that comes from sharing your hobby with your best furry friend.
DOG DATE AFTERNOON
To date the girl of his dreams, a germaphobe must win over the most important loved ‘person’ in her life: her border collie Scout. But when he learns that Scout likes to be involved in everything, he'll soon realise that man's best friend can also become man's worst enemy! A heart-warming and hilarious film that suitors across the land will relate to.
MIKE AND ABBIE
Mike’s world collapsed around him when he unexpectedly lost his job, relationship and home. Drifting through life, he ended up at an animal shelter, where he formed an instant bond with Abbie, a kelpie pup who was also traumatised having being abandoned on a busy highway. From that moment, Mike and Abbie started a remarkable journey of recovery together, bonding over their love of the beach – and surfing!
Adopting a rescue dog can be challenging but life changing. Cody is an adopted Romanian street dog who, along with his human companion, wants to share what they have learnt so more dogs can find a loving home. Sharing their example of how profound the human-animal bond can be, they aim to inspire more people to adopt, or at least pay a visit to their local shelter. This moving film reminds us that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter what happened in their past.
In 2016, police dog Finn was on duty with his dad, PC Dave Wardell, when he was stabbed while trying to apprehend a criminal. Fortunately Finn survived, but his attacker was only charged will criminal damage. Due to Finn and Dave’s campaigning, Finn’s Law was passed in parliament. This film documents Finn’s journey and how Finn’s Law is affecting police dogs today, as well as taking an inside look at how police dogs are trained, from puppies to adult dogs.
2020 TOP DOG FILMS
A collection of the 2020 Top Dog Film Festival films. Now available on demand.
ADVENTURE DOGS - SKIING THE BACKCOUNTRY
Gnarly skiing, deep powder and an off-grid cabin aren’t just fun for humans – they’re great for dogs too! A snowboarder and a skier head deep into the mountains with their two snow-loving dogs, Kicker and Gru, for a spectacular winter adventure. Adventure Dogs highlights the incredible bond that connects humans and dogs in the wild, on a backcountry expedition that will never be forgotten.
ODD JOBS FOR DOGS
Dogs can be life-changing companions, and sometimes they are even more than that. Odd Jobs for Dogs meets extraordinary dogs who have dedicated their lives to lending a helping paw, from Hoki who helps monitor protected species, to Rasy, who wards off pesky seagulls along the Sydney seafront. And we guarantee you’ll fall in love with Tiffany the real estate model! These diligent dogs take pride and pleasure from their work, and spread endless joy along the way.
SURFING WITH SUGAR
Californian surfer Ryan Rustan has led a troubled life, falling into a rough crowd as a young man. His path to healing came in an unlikely form: meeting and rescuing a former street dog, Sugar, who would also become his surfing partner. Ryan says that Sugar taught him how to love, and he is now on a mission to share that love with others through surf therapy, art and a love of animals.
Eclipse the labrador loves the dog park – so much so that she took herself there one day by catching the bus! Eclipse is now a regular feature on Seattle’s public transport, brightening the lives of commuters and bus drivers alike (although she hasn’t yet bought a ticket). Introducing Seattle’s legendary bus riding dog.
New Zealand farmer Paul Sorenson has a unique connection with his colleagues — a team of sheep dogs. For 40 years, he’s worked to develop smarter and more intuitive training methods for fellow farmers, while grappling with memories of a difficult childhood. Reaching retirement, the veteran dog whisperer passes his knowledge to the next generation of shepherds and reflects on the sacrifices he’s made to pursue his intense passion for dogs.
LAND OF THE STRAYS
In the mountains of Costa Rica, Lya Battle and her husband Alvaro are living every dog lover’s dream – to rescue every dog in need that they see. Even taking in dogs thought to be beyond recovery, their 375-acre farm is home to more than 1,000 pups. Their passion and dedication offers a second-chance to these animals, and hope for those who have yet to be found. A glimpse at how two people can make a big difference.
WHY PEOPLE TREAT THEIR DOGS LIKE
In their quest to treat dogs like members of the family, some pet owners supply their pets with everything from ‘pawdicures’ and full-on wardrobes, to five-star hotels and private chefs. But not all pup-lovers think that treating dogs like children is what’s best for them. Why People Treat Dogs Like Humans ask if some dog owners go too far, and looks at the importance of maintaining a balanced perspective.
LURE OF THE NORTH
In the snowiest region of Minnesota, Blake and Jennifer Freking have two children and over 60 purebred Siberian huskies. With over 20 years’ experience of working with the breed, they have competed in numerous long-distance dog-sled races. Lure of the North explores the challenges of living and raising children off-grid, and captures the Frekings’ devotion to the sport, their spirit of adventure and their commitment to the wellbeing of their fluffy family.