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Toby Rose presents Palm Dogmanitarian Award to Vanessa Davies, right, and Beattie Edmondson, left with the two Patricks

Vanessa Davies and Patrick in scene from Disney film

Canine cast of Dogman won Palm Dog 2018

Fluffy puppies from Diamantino won Grand Jury Prize


WRITER Vanessa Davies and her pet pug have been honoured with the Palm Dogmanitarian Award at the Cannes Film Festival for inspiring the Disney family comedy Patrick.

The award is a tribute to the achievement of writer and producer Davies, who transformed the cuteness of her black pug - also called Patrick - into a story for the big screen.

“It’s a wonderful real life story and a worthy winner of the Palm Dogmanitarian Award, which celebrates the bond between canines and humans, “ said Palm Dog founder Toby Rose.

The Disney film, released on June 29th, follows the story of an urban pooch and his owner, played by Beattie Edmondson.

The canine cast of Dogman - a gritty tale of a dog groomer living on the wildest of wild sides in Naples - scooped the prestigious Palm Dog prize.

Matteo Garrone’s dark film stars Marcello Fonte as the boss of a poodle parlour who gets involved with the criminal underworld. But it is the large cast of dogs that steal the show.

“The performance of the canine cast was particularly revered by the judges,” said Rose.

The Grand Jury Prize went to Diamantino, featuring a cast of CGI-created “fluffy puppies”.


The film follows the story of skilled footballer Diamantino who is moved by the plight of refugees and adopts a refugee boy. 

Jury members were Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; Kaleem Aftab, The Independent; Anna Smith, President UK Critics’ Circle; Rita Di Santo, Vice President FIPRESCI; Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph; Damon Wise, veteran film writer.

The event took place  at the Grand Hotel Plage in Cannes and was sponsored by European digital pet site Wamiz.

Past winners of Palm Dog Awards include Ken Loach and Uggie

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