Waltham, MA, July 7, 2010 – Do you have some training chops? We want to show your stuff! Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT) is delighted to announce that it is now accepting video submissions for the 2011 Canis Film Festival.
Over $500 in cash prizes and a video contract await the producers of top videos that showcase innovative and informative animal training featuring positive training methods. Everyone can qualify for entry, provided that each demonstrated trick or feat is achieved through force-free training methods, and submissions can feature any species.
“The Canis Film Festival is a celebration of – and showcase for – the power of training based on the science of operant conditioning,” said Karen Pryor, CEO of KPCT and a pioneer of modern, force-free animal training methods. “There is a growing, global community of talented trainers out there that are doing amazing things, and the festival offers a way to not only shine the spotlight their achievements but to provide a forum where they can learn from and be inspired by each other.”
KPCT will accept up to 150 submissions until December 31, 2010. All entries must be no longer than seven minutes in length and should show both the training and finished behavior. Videos will be judged by a panel of experts, including Karen Pryor and other ClickerExpo faculty, and will be shown to an international audience at ClickerExpo 2011. Finalists will be announced at the winter ClickerExpo in January 2011, and winners will be announced at the spring ClickerExpo in March 2011. A full listing of rules and guidelines as well as details on sponsorship opportunities is available at www.canisfilmfestival.com.
The Canis Film Festival is underwritten by Karen Pryor Clickertraining, a leader in the field of animal training and a recognized world leader in the science and application of marker-based positive reinforcement, or what is often called "clicker training." KPCT operates Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, the ClickerExpo educational conferences, and its popular website, clickertraining.com. Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners hold classes and work with pet owners and their dogs at over 135 locations across the globe.