The 2023-24 New York Cat & Dog Film Festivals
Most films in English, other languages are subtitled.
10% of Box Office will be donated to the PEI Humane Society.
All new! “Some of the major figures in these movies have been known to jump on their directors, fall asleep on the job, drool on camera and chew the scenery… But that’s no surprise: They’re among the four-legged performers in the sixth annual NY Cat Film Festival and the eighth annual NY Dog Film Festival. Each offers short documentary and fictional works illustrating how people affect the lives of animals, and how animals affect the lives of people… ‘I try to keep them to films that are lighter and that simply uplift you,’ said Tracie Hotchner, the founder of both festivals…The feline festival includes The Cat Duet, by two 12-year-olds who filmed themselves singing Duetto buffo di due gatti, a comic song often attributed to Rossini. (The only lyric is ‘Meow.’) The dog festival features Nepal Arslan’s 47 Seconds, his haiku-like response to discovering decades-old footage of a couple with a dog eerily resembling his own… Neither festival, however, has a shortage of serious documentaries. Michelle Williams’s Bear the Courthouse Canine explores the pivotal role that a gentle Labrador retriever plays for the Contra Costa County, Calif., district attorney. Trained to lie under the witness stand during trials, Bear comforts traumatized victims who are testifying, especially children… What struck Hotchner most about the festivals’ submissions this year was how much they tried to capture the inner lives of animals…. The filmmakers’ speculations are often comic, as in Insomnia, by Kim Best, who provides subtitles detailing a cat’s ruminations on this most unlikely of feline problems: ‘Embarrassingly, I considered sleeping with a dog.’” —Laurel Graeber, The New York Times