"What we really like about this year's selection is that there is diversity in the films in the types of dogs that are shown and the countries that they're from, which has been really nice. But the thing that we'd like to change going forward is that we'd love to have more Australian films".
Visit topdogfestival.com to see a preview of the sole Australian movie in this year's program, a beautiful and moving story called 'Adoption Pending', about two-year-old George, hoping for a new home. While you're there, and once you've wiped the tears from your eyes, you can also watch the shorts or read about six of the other movies in the program. There are a further three films in the program that are not featured on the webpage, and Jemima described them to me.
"'Trail Dog' is a really lovely story from France about a fellow who just really loves spending time in the mountains with his dogs. It's beautiful, stunning scenery. He talks about how he doesn't really have many friends and about the connection that he really has with his dogs, and how he just loves being in the wilderness with them and running the trails, and that they get the same joy in being outside and running that he does – that is their connection, which is really beautiful."