Bow Wow Film Festival

Dog lovers won’t want to miss out on the celebrated Bow Wow Film Fest at the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom Thursday, Jan. 16.

The traveling film festival delivers a collection of the year’s best dog-themed short films that celebrate, educate and inspire all things canine.

In addition to entertainment, the film festival helps to generate awareness and funds for various animal welfare organizations. Since launching in 2015, it has raised over $200,000 for these organizations.

The Bow Wow Film Fest has appeared the last 3 years at the Salida SteamPlant. This year is the festival’s first showing at the Surf Hotel.

“I have a rescued pup and am just nuts about her,” says Susan Kelley, Bow Wow Film Fest founder. “I really wanted to celebrate the relationship we have with our critters and help out animal welfare organizations at the same time.”

The festival will include a total of 17 films, each roughly 45 minutes long. The festival format, Kelley explains, will be two films and then an intermission.

“Chaffee County will love Paws & Wheels,” she adds. “It is a beautiful film about a fellow and his adventure buddy.”

“We’re excited to host the Bow Wow Film Festival on our new screen and projector,” says Zach Mahone, Surf Hotel marketing director.

Guests can also enter the door raffle, Mahone adds, to win a 1-night stay at the Surf Hotel as well as two tickets for Campout for the Cause. All proceeds will benefit the Ark-Valley Humane Society.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the films begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at

“Come on out,” Kelley says. “It really is a wonderful way to spend an evening!”

Can’t make it to this show? The Bow Wow Film Fest will return to Chaffee at the Salida SteamPlant on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. This event will also benefit AVHS.

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