Lonely Planet Writer

Dogs can enjoy 'pupcorn' and a 'Hollywoof' after-party at the Canine Film Festival in Miami

If you hate the idea of leaving your pet pooch behind when you go off to the flicks, you should take yourself to Miami this weekend. The Canine Film Festival is taking place at Miami Lakes, and it aims to raise funds for animal rescues and shelters in south Florida.

The Canine Film Festival will be held in Miami. Image: Chris Collins
The Canine Film Festival will be held in Miami. Image: Chris Collins

On the first day of the festival, dogs and their owners will walk the red carpet at Cinépolis Coconut Grove in front of the “pawpurrazzi.” There will be a screening of the top 25 featured films, out of 103 films submitted from all over the world, a canine fashion show, and a film awards ceremony called the “Barker Awards” with celebrity judges.

The Canine Film Festival will be held in Miami. Image: Gary John Norman
This is the first ever Canine Film Festival in Miami. Image: Gary John Norman

Speaking to Lonely Planet, organiser Karen Landrum doesn’t anticipate any problems with so many dogs gathered in one location, as she says the majority are well-trained and socialised. “There is always the occasional young playful dog, but the norm is that they are better behaved than the people,” she jokes.

The Canine Film Festival will be held in Miami. Image: Canine Film Festival
One of the events is a themed costume party. Image: Canine Film Festival

The Hollywoof after-party will take place on the second day at Hotel Indigo, and it will include “doga” or dog yoga, a costume contest celebrating Hollywoof of yesteryear and a poolside brunch with celebrity guests. “We have several people coming from out-of-town for this event and based on ticket sales thus far, we are expecting a sold-out event,” says Karen.

The Canine Film Festival will be held in Miami. Image: Canine Film Festival
The festival is raising money for animal shelters. Image: Canine Film Festival

The event is being organised by Laly Albalate, the chef/owner of Doggie Bag Café; Lory Nelson Brunner, outreach manager of Knowles Animal Clinics; and Karen Landrum, retired teacher and owner of An Ideal Solution. They began running charity events with a small group of dog lovers a few years ago, and 50% of ticket sales from this festival will benefit eight animal charities and organisations.

Karen Landrum is one of the organisers of the Canine Film Festival in Miami. Image: Canine Film Festival
Karen Landrum is one of the organisers of the Canine Film Festival in Miami. Image: Canine Film Festival

“We have worked many doggie events, but the idea to bring your dog to the movies is new for us,” says Karen. “There are events across the country that screen movies about dogs and the humans come, but the idea of watching the movies with your dog is unique. Also, the movies that attendees and their dogs will watch were submitted to the Canine Film Festival to be shown exclusively for this festival, so needless to say we are very excited.”

The Canine Film Festival will be held in Miami. Image: Canine Film Festival
Dogs can go to the cinema too. Image: Canine Film Festival

The Canine Film Festival 2017 will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 15 July at Cinépolis Coconut Grove, and 9am to 1pm on Sunday 16 July at Hotel Indigo. For more information, visit here.