Fetching dog lovers for the Bow Wow Film Festival in Steamboat Springs | SteamboatToday.com

Fetching dog lovers for the Bow Wow Film Festival in Steamboat Springs

If you go: What: Bow Wow Film Festival When: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs  

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Bow Wow Film Festival has its own film rating and an undeniable level of cuteness.

For the first time, the Bow Wow Film Festival will make its way to Steamboat Springs starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Library Hall, and proceeds will benefit the Routt County Humane Society.

The Boulder-based traveling film festival was created by Susan Kelley to educate and inspire “all things dog” through short films crafted by national and international filmmakers, animators and artists.

“We are so excited to bring the Bow Wow Film Festival to town for the first time, as it’s a great match for Steamboat as Dog Town USA,” said Routt County Humane Society Executive Director Alexis Pagoulatos. “These movies will make you laugh and maybe reach for a tissue, but they are phenomenal, and you are guaranteed to have a great time. And if they inspire you to adopt a new adventure buddy, come out to the animal shelter and find your new best friend.”

Kelley launched the film festival fundraiser while she was volunteering at the Longmont Humane Society in 2014. The event grew to direct ticket sales supporting animal rescues and dog service organizations.

“Our mission is to celebrate the human-canine bond, and our filmmakers really explore some excellent stories,” Kelley said. “From how a relationship with dogs can make a kid with Asperger’s feel less isolated in the world to a very funny man attempting to teach his dog to be a mountain biking trail dog.”

Film submissions are accepted year round, and the response this year was met by several international filmmakers and animators.

Kelley said the 2017-18 tour will feature about 35 films showcasing stories of service dogs like Captain, who transforms the life of a veteran with PTSD, an art exhibit for dogs, a collection of doggie advice columns and more.

Kelley said she’s excited to bring the event to Steamboat Springs – sometimes known as “Dogtown U.S.A.”

“When I first started this event, I wanted the local groups to be able to not just engage their supporters but the whole community,” Kelley said. “If they don’t already, I hope the community will see that even if they can’t adopt a pet, they have an opportunity to see all the good Routt County Humane Society brings to the community.”

Those who plan to attend are invited to arrive early to vote in the Humane Society’s Cutest Pet Photo Contest.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance online and see a trailer with this year’s film selection at bowwowfilmfest.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Routt County Humane Society.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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