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Big Dog Energy

22-28 March


GSFF 2021 Online

This programme is available on demand for the duration of the festival.

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Nietzsche once said that “the world exists through the understanding of dogs.” Well, they’re good dogs, Nietzsche. This programme celebrates dogs in all their complex simplicity, providing you a virtual canine lockdown companion.

Avoiding the grim or the grisly, the programme instead looks to both the sublime and the ridiculous. The dogs on show are multifarious: they act as philosophers, spirit guides, models, labourers and metaphors. The programme explores the myriad ways we humans relate to dogs, and as such, exposes our own set of absurdities.

Curated by Jessica McGoff & Sanne Jehoul

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Pawsea (or: The Melancholy Ruminations of a Solitary French Bulldog)

Rocky certainly has a lot on his mind – ​questioning his purpose and attempting to fortify himself against existential angst.


In a stray-dog refuge in Morocco, time seems to stand still for the 750 animals waiting to be adopted

In Dog Years

Senior dogs are celebrated in ten short stories about love, loss and letting go


​A story told through a science-fiction lens of a Shiba Inu dog traveling alone on an airplane.

Winners Bitch

Inspired by a found archive, Winners Bitch explores the subjective nature of reality through show dogs and ribbons.

The Interior

A sensory journey that follows Brent Sass and his community of dogs living in isolation in the rural inland of Alaska.


​Surrounded by the absurd world of humans, dogs struggle against their instincts to comply with their owners' wishes.

Thursday Night

An elusive stranger pays Bimbo a visit in the middle of the night to deliver a vital message

Dog of My Dreams

A subversive investigation into the relationships between girls and dogs.

Svonni vs the Swedish Tax Agency

​A Sámi woman tries to convince the Swedish Tax Agency that she has the right to make a tax deduction for the purchase of a dog.


​Archie is devastated to learn of the death of his aunt. He makes the long journey to the home she’s left him in the Outer Hebrides.

Good Boy - Bad Boy

A composition of dog owner amateur recordings from YouTube.

Dogs at Polling Stations

Inspired by the #dogsatpollingstations phenomenon and shot on the day of the UK snap general election in 2017.

  • Duration 1h50m
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