Annual “The Dog Film Festival” Features 8 Tail-Wagging Films

LONG BEACH ISLAND – Now through March 29, The Lighthouse International Film Society is presenting “The Dog Film Festival.”

  The festival will feature eight short films showing the love between dogs and their people around the world that will inspire, educate and entertain. Each film is between one minute to 30 minutes in length.

  The program will run for about 90 minutes in total and is designed for adult audiences but will also be enjoyable for children 10 and up. Tickets are $12 each. Once you purchase a ticket, you have 30 days to view the films virtually. To purchase a ticket, visit A portion of every ticket will go to an animal shelter with the goal to raise awareness of the important, life-saving work being done at the shelters every day.

  Dog Festival Sponsors: Buddy’s Pet Stop, Sandy Paws Dog Sitting Services, The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, and Wildflowers by the Lighthouse. 

  “Tees Save Lives”: Wildflowers by the Lighthouse is offering designer dog and cat t-shirts for sale. T-shirts are $35, with $10 from each sale being donated to the Friends of Ocean County Animal Shelter. Call 609-361-8191 to order.

  To view the Dog Fest Trailer, visit

  The Line Up:

  NO HOME WITHOUT YOU – (4 minutes) Amy Rivard’s “visual poem” about the unconditional love and magic that dogs bring to our lives.

  LADY B’s FIRST WINTER: Puppy to Avalanche Dog – (23 minutes) Scott Ransom’s documentary about raising a puppy to be an avalanche rescue dog, filmed in the gorgeous Telluride mountains. 

  FINDING SHELTER – (30 minutes) Erin Parks’ documentary follows a British family that moves to Bulgaria, where they are so moved by the plight of homeless dogs and cats that they open the first (and therefore controversial) local animal shelter and adopt out dogs internationally.

  DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE: The Playgroup Change – (4 minutes) Tucker Eurman shows the mutual transformation of shelter dogs and their handlers when Dogs Playing for Life liberates the dogs from their cages into outdoor playgroups.

  PUREBRED LOVE – (19 minutes) Laura O’Grady follows three purebred dog breeders, their passion for their dogs, and the quirky world of dog showing.

  IT TAKES AN ISLAND: Saving the Aruba Cunucu Street Dog – (15 minutes) Michael Bulda’s documentary about the determined volunteers working against difficult odds on behalf of the unfortunate street dogs trying to survive on this otherwise beautiful island.

  ESCAMOL – (4 minutes) Silvia Santoyo’s narrative from the point of view of Escamol, a rescued dog who feels left out when his adopter brings home more dogs. 

  FROM SHELTER TO MOUNTAINS – (1 minute) Evan Curtis shows us the life change for a shelter dog who gets adopted into an idyllic outdoor life.

  For more information/tickets to the Lighthouse International Film Society Virtual Cinema’s current and upcoming screenings and the 2021 Lighthouse International Film Festival, visit