2020 TOP DOG FILM FESTIVAL
A collection of uplifting canine-inspired short films, all celebrating the unbreakable bond between dogs and their people. From hard-working sheep dogs in New Zealand to America’s manicured lap pooches. Plus, we know you’ll love Sugar the surfing rescue dog!
The Top Dog Films are available to watch for 3 days from the date of purchase.
Available to watch in Europe only (except for Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
Single viewing passes £10 | Multiple passes - use code EPIC-TEN at checkout & save 10%.
Includes access to bonus content and interactive virtual foyer.
Buying a Gift Pass? A voucher will be sent to the email address on the order. The recipient can choose any Film programme from the Encore Channel when redeeming.
Note the Top Dog Films were shown virtually as part of the virtual Winter 2020/21 series.
TOP DOG FILM DETAILS
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 HUMANS
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.
Please note that some of the films do contain a small amount of coarse language.