Waltham, MA, September 30, 2008—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 $500 in cash prizes and a video contract await the producers of top innovative and informative animal training videos-dogs, horses, cats, and any other species from rats to rabbits, llamas to lizards. Everyone can qualify for entry, provided that each demonstrated trick and feat is achieved through force-free methods of training.
"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.
Canis Film Festival will showcase qualifying videos online as submissions come in, and viewers can watch the entries online and vote for their favorite. The winning videos will be shown and announced in March 2009 at ClickerExpo, KPCT's acclaimed teaching conference, in Providence, RI, The Grand Prize includes $500, the Canis Film Festival trophy, and a distribution agreement.
Videos must be short-no more than seven minutes in length-and can include any animal. All videos should show both the training and the finished behavior. Individuals can submit up to three videos. Entry fee waived for the first 150 online submissions!
All participants must be registered and videos must be uploaded by midnight on December 31, 2008. Mail-in submissions should reach our offices by December 31, 2008, and mail-in participants must be registered by December 31, 2008.
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