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A film fest where the fur flies

“My Trail Dog” is part of the New York Cat and Dog Film Festival, which screens June 29-July 1 at the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.
Dean Leslie
“My Trail Dog” is part of the New York Cat and Dog Film Festival, which screens June 29-July 1 at the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.

Boston cat and dog lovers may wonder what took so long, but the New York Cat and Dog Film Festival — yes, it’s really a thing — screens June 29-July 1 at the Regent Theatre, in Arlington.

Tracie Hotchner, a pet wellness advocate, talk radio host, and author of “The Cat Bible” and “The Dog Bible,” founded the festival in 2015. Felines got their own event in December when the inaugural Cat Film Festival, with programs curated by Hotchner, premiered in New York City and is now traveling the country sharing a bill with the NY Dog Film Festival.

The Cat Film Festival comprises two 60-minute programs of curated shorts. Among the seven films in the first program, “Nobody Owns a Cat,” are “Amleto,” Jeff Malmberg’s visual poem about the morning ritual of a Tuscan cat; and “Mittens From Kittens,” Kim Best’s documentary about how one woman coped with the nuisance of cat hair by spinning and knitting it into useful items. The six films in the second program, “Little Works of Art,” include “Guardians of Recoleta,” by Blake and Adrienne Kuhre, who run a nonprofit cat rescue in Los Angeles. It examines the community of cats living in Buenos Aires’s Recoleta cemetery. The programs screen June 29 at 7 p.m. and July 1 at 1 p.m. There will be a post-screening talk with Rachel Geller, a certified cat behavior and retention specialist, on June 29 only. Geller will offer free advice on cat behavior problems.


The two-program dog festival screens June 30 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. “Outdoor Adventure With Dogs” (six films, 77 minutes) includes “My Trail Dog,” Dean Leslie’s look at a loner who runs the Alps with his four-legged best friends. The second program, “Who Rescued Whom?,” consists of nine short films and runs 74 minutes.

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Tickets are $10, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting various cat and dog health and welfare advocacy organizations.

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Animated art

“Womanimation!,” a showcase of international animated short films by women, heads to Framingham’s Amazing Things Arts Center on June 30, with three screenings, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. The 83-minute program of 12 short films from 10 countries is culled from hundreds of submissions and includes a wide range of animation styles and content. Several films explore the cycle of life and aging, including “Gelato,” a tale of love, youth, and ice cream; “Saving Pooh,” about lost childhood memories; “Tweet-Tweet,” which imagines life as a tightrope to be carefully walked; and “Grandpa Walrus,” about an elaborate seaside funeral ritual. Tickets are $10. Festival organizers will be in attendance to introduce the program.

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For all seasons

Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s 2017 feature, “A Season in France,” explores the lives of undocumented migrants from their perspective. The story centers on Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney), a former high school teacher in the Central African Republic and a widower, now living in Paris with his two children. He becomes involved with French citizen Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire) while waiting for a decision on whether he can stay in the country. The film closes Belmont World Film’s “Justice for All” series on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Studio Cinema, in Belmont. Proceeds benefit the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center.

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