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The Palm Dog is the longest running and foremost award ceremony, celebrating dog performances on the big screen. Hosted on the Grand Hotel’s beach in Cannes, the event has grown in popularity since its humble beginnings in 2001 and has now become a genuine Cannes institution for film and dog lovers on the last Friday of the annual Riviera film event.

“The most coveted award each year, Palme d’Or aside, is the Palm Dog, presented to the year’s best pooch performer.”

The Guardian

From its humble beginnings, the Palm Dog Awards has grown into a recognised and lauded fixture at the Cannes Film Festival, the world’s biggest and most prestigious film showcase. 

The bespoke PALM DOG collar is presented by Toby Rose alongside a jury of leading international film critics for the best performance by a canine (live or animated) or group of canines who feature in a film screened during the Cannes Film Festival.

The Palm Dog was inspired by Toby's Fox Terrier, born in the Champagne region of France, who went by the name of Mutt. He has since gone to kennel heaven, but lives on through the world's foremost and paw-most awards for dogs on the big screen.

The Palm Dog Awards has increasingly grown in stature, due to the heavyweight support of a jury made up of some of the world’s leading film critics including, Peter Bradshaw (Chief Film Critic, The Guardian), Wendy Mitchell (editor at large at Screen International and author of Citizen Canine), Anna Smith (Time Out, Metro, and head of the Critics’ Circle Film Section) Kaleem Aftab (i Newspaper), Rita di Santo (Morning Star) and Joe Utichi (Deadline).

Producers, actors and directors from nominated films attend the ceremony, often with stand in dogs and the event is covered by major news agencies including BBC, Reuters TV, AFP, APTN and film journalists from Vanity Fair, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times.  The 2019 Palm Dog generated significant coverage and excitement with the arrival of Quentin Tarantino who came to collect the award on behalf of Sayuri who played Brandy, alongside Brad Pitt in the Oscar winning film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…

Full details on past winners can be found HERE

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