Pup fiction: A doggie film festival is coming to Tampa this weekend


Take your best friend on a leash Friday to Water Works Park on Tampa's Riverwalk for open-air screenings of selections from the NY Dog Film Festival at 6 and 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Gasparilla International Film Festival. (Insert going-to-the-dogs joke here.) Each session is a family-friendly mix of live-action, animated and documentary shorts evoking relationships between dogs and humans. Running about 70 minutes each, the programs are titled "Second Chances" (6 p.m.) and "Love Changes Everything" (8 p.m.).

Tickets for humans are $12 per session or $20 for the double feature, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Dog tickets are $5 with all proceeds going to the organization. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 870-2255. dogfilmfestival.com.

Staff writer Sharon Kennedy Wynne contributed to this report.