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Top Dog Film Festival is Coming to South Wales

For the First Time ever this Autumn a Film Festival featuring a cinematic celebration of dogs and their people is touring the UK and it is calling at just one location in South Wales on its tour.

The Top Dog Film Festival is a collection of canine-inspired short films, all celebrating the unbreakable bond between dogs and humans. From the scruffiest street dogs to the most pampered pooches, and all of our four-legged friends in between, these stories are moving, uplifting and inspiring.

Featuring a carefully curated collection of stories from independent film-makers all around the world, the Top Dog Film Festival originated in Australia and had its UK premiere in Edinburgh this May, but we are so lucky that as it continues it tour of the UK it will be in the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl as its Only South Wales location on Wednesday 13th November 2019.

“Humans and dogs share a precious, heart-warming bond, and this brand-new collection of films celebrates the canine companions that enrich our lives,” says tour director Nell Teasdale.

“Whether you’re a dog owner or just like dogs, these films are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with man’s best friend all over again.”


Our Review of a Few of the Short Films

Here at West Wales Family Life we have been so lucky to have been invited to watch a preview of the films in this event so we could share our thoughts with you and we have to say you will be hooked.



Since watching these films, the Story of Arthur is by far the one we can’t help but talk to others about as he just totally captured our heart bless him.

Arthur Top Dog Festival

Set in Ecuador Arthur’s story follows a team of athletes competing in the Adventure Racing World Championships which is a race of survival as the course covers 700km, reaches heights of 15,000 feet and treks through 13 different climate zones.

A few days into this adventure race the athletes were approached by a stray dog in poor condition, severely injured with a large wound on its back. This chance encounter developed into an inspiring journey as the little stray dog who the team named Arthur journeyed with them for a further 10,400km through deep mud, up steep hills and even across water, as the team struggled, so did Arthur, but he took care of himself, fighting as hard as the team to just keep going.

Be prepared to shed a few tears as your amazed by the team’s tale of how this little brave doggie became a member of their team and found a new home


The Dogist

Another film we just loved was The Dogist its shares the daily skills of Elias Weiss Friedman, who after unexpectedly losing his corporate job, he took to the streets of New York City with a camera and a squeaky tennis ball to photograph passer-by’s dogs.

Dogist Top Dog Festival

It’s the cutest thing and he’s has managed to photograph and capture the personalities of thousands of dogs all around the world.

Its crazy how he manages to get the dogs to pose is some really cool positions which you can see online as he has built up a whopping 3.6 million followers on Instagram

Its true what he says that dogs just need food and love to be happy and this film will for sure put a smile on your face as it’s a real feel good story



And then we come to Uber Cute Henry…… Awww his story is filmed as if it was Henry himself telling the story.

Henry Top Dog Festival

Henry is Vail Ski Resort’s first ever avalanche rescue dog and his skills aside from being a fluffy affectionate chap is being a hero in emergencies.

Avalanche dogs really help increase rescue response times as they are so clever finding things with their well-trained noses.

Henry has served 11 years as an avalanche rescue dog and his handler Chris 25 years and they have pathed the way for more adorable dogs to join the team to help save lives and increase the cuteness of the Ski Patrol hut!

While watching you can’t help but smile as Henry gives a great insight into avalanche rescue dog lives and how they truly love what they do

Whilst we know Porthcawl is a little out of our West Wales Patch we could help but tell you about this Dog Film Festival as it’s the only place it is coming to South Wales and having watch the films we just know you and the family will love it – And Best Of all we have a Competition that you can Enter to Win Free Tickets


Watch the Trailer Here




Grand Pavilion
CF36 3YW



Wednesday 13th November 2019

Screening starts at 7.30pm, and there will be around a 15 to 20 minute interval roughly at 8.45pm with the showings finishing around 10pm



Full £13
Concession £11

Advance booking is essential, and tickets can be bought online here

All the screenings generally carry a 12A rating and children are welcome to attend this Top Dog Festival if accompanied by a responsible adult and as always it is down to the parent/guardian’s discretion.

Everything will be done to try to make the evenings as family friendly as possible, so You’d be barking mad to miss it!


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