Waltham, MA, June 20, 2006—American Idol meets Animal Planet! Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT) is proud to announce a worldwide showcase for videos that demonstrate great animal training: The Canis Film Festival, where animals and their trainers are the newly discovered stars. Over $2,000 in cash prizes and a video contract await the producers of innovative and informative training videos of dogs, horses, cats, and any other species from rats to rabbits, llamas to lizards.
The first film festival of its kind has rolled out the red carpet to amateurs and professional trainers around the world. Everyone can qualify for entry, provided that each demonstrated trick and feat is achieved through 100% all-positive methods of training.
Videos must be short; no longer than 7 minutes. The Canis Film Festival will showcase qualifying videos on its website as the submissions come in, and viewers can watch the entries online and vote for their favorite. The winning videos will be shown and announced in spring 2007 at ClickerExpo, KPCT's acclaimed teaching conference. The Grand Prize includes $500, the Canis Film Festival trophy, and a distribution agreement. Submissions will be accepted beginning June 1, 2006 and must be received by November 1, 2006. No entry fee for the first 150 online submissions!
We have great professional and hobbyist trainers in our community out there, doing amazing things, and they rarely get an audience to show what they can do and how they do it. This is that showcase! The emphasis at the Canis Film Festival is not just on the finished behavior but showing someone how to train that behavior," said Karen Pryor, leader of KPCT and one of the pioneers of modern methods of all-positive, effective training used by trainers in zoos, oceanariums, and schools all over the world.
The Canis Film Festival is underwritten by Karen Pryor Clickertraining, the leader in all-positive training and the producer and distributor of educational materials that teach people to train all kinds of animals without using force or punishment.
Details for producers and sponsorship opportunities and can be found at www.canisfilmfestival.com.
Aaron Clayton, President
Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT)
49 River Street #3
Waltham, MA 02453