Pet Fest Allows Big Screen Opportunities for Furry Friends

By Emily Sewell
Hottytoddy.com intern
easewel1@go.olemiss.edu

Have you ever thought your pet deserved to be on the big screen?

The Oxford Film Festival can help your furry friends break into stardom. On June 15 at the Old Armory Pavilion, OFF and Crossroads Animal Hospital are hosting the first ever Pet Fest and they want your pet videos.

“We will watch videos and hopefully locals will have submitted their films so you can talk to them and meet the pets that are the stars,” said Melanie Addington, director of the Oxford Film Festival.

Video submissions of all different animals will be selected; they can be as short as one minute long and do not have to be professionally filmed or edited. 

“It’s a really low-key event,” Addington said. “We’re just looking to have fun and enjoy some pet videos.”

The event will last two hours and will consist of different activities, such as photo sessions with dogs and owners that can be purchased for $5 each. Food and drinks will be served and plenty of pets will be able to come and play.

Sixty percent of the proceeds will go to Mississippi Critterz, and the other 40 percent will go to the Oxford Film Festival. Critterz officially formed in April with a mission to provide temporary shelter to stray, abandoned and surrendered animals for the purpose of finding forever homes through adoptions.

Crossroads Animal Hospital joined as the presenting sponsor and will have a booth at the event with a variety of information for dog owners.

“We just want people to participate and see their pets on screen and celebrate our local animals,” Addington said. 

To submit a pet video, go to http://oxfordfilmfest.com/pet-fest-2019 and click on “Submit on Film Freeway.” Create a filmmaker account with email and password to click ‘Submit Now’ button. Upload film and pay the $15 fee (up to April 15) or $20 fee (April 15-May 15).

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