Top Dog Film Festival 2021 - Santa Cruz (2021)

  • Documentary, Dogs
  • 2h 0m

RENT FOR 48 HOURS: Starts Thursday, May 14 and ends on Monday, May 24. PRESENTED BY THE RIO THEATRE $1 per ticket goes to Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people at the 2021 Top Dog Film Festival.

The 20201Top Dog Film Festival presents a 2 hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people.  Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions.

This carefully curated program of short canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe. Get your tickets before they all sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it!


MARK & MYA: Mark and Mya are from Melbourne Australia and spent almost two years travelling around North America showing people that you can have a dog and a life of adventure and travel, at the same time! Together they have seen some of the world’s most incredible sights and shared many personal firsts. They hope inspire others and show them how to follow in their pawprints.

DOG DATE AFTERNOON: To date the girl of his dreams, a germaphobe must win over the most important loved one in her life… her dog. But he’ll soon learn that man’s best friend can become man’s worst enemy!

WOLF CALL John Ramer has worked in animal sanctuaries most of his adult life, often without pay, and feels this is his life’s calling. John’s experiences working with captive wolves have left him deeply changed, driving him to share his knowledge and passion with others in the hope that wild wolves might one day return to Colorado’s open lands. Filmed entirely at a remote wolf sanctuary in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado, Wolf Call asks us to rethink our relationship to wild and captive animals, as well as the world we together inhabit.

OLD DOG: (TOUR EDIT) 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.

MUTUAL RESCUE: MIKE & ABBIE: The rugged coast of northern California helps a despondent man and a shy shelter dog discover pure joy together through surfing. “I would never have known my full potential if I hadn’t helped a shelter dog find hers first.” —Michael Uy

PAWS & WHEELS II: Discover the story of Oli and his super-dog Balu. We’ll learn how they found each other, how Balu became the amazing traildog he is - and of course, the story about their special friendship. In this film, we follow Oli and Balu on their latest roadtrip, in the Sunlight Adventure Van, to the dolomites.

FINN’S LAW: The true stories of Police Dog’s fighting for their lives protecting the community! Discover what Finn’s Law is doing to protect Police Dog’s everyday!

DR DOG: We all know that dogs have a special healing powers, but dogs have recently graduated from a companion to help you feel better, to now playing an active role in healing and healthcare. Dr Dog introduces you to some very special dogs who are making incredible contributions in the medial field. Travelling to New Zealand to meet the K9 detection dogs who are specially trained to sniff out signs of Bowel Cancer, to Vancouver in Canada to meet a very special diabetes detection dog, to Sydney, Australia to discover the animal blood bank and those very good dogs who are donating their blood to save their fellow four legged friends.

THERE IS NO POOP FAIRY: There is no poop fairy so please your poop. To the unsung heroes of the dog park, we salute you.