About Tracie Hotchner

Tracie is the Founder and Director of the NY Cat Film Festival™ (following in the footsteps of her NY Dog Film Festival™) and is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know (as well as THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know). She is recognized as a Thought Leader in improving the lives of companion animals and is the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio.

She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® for over 7 years on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM until the channel was canceled. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she still produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Tracie continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 10 consecutive years and over 525 shows. 

Our Mission

The NY Cat Film Festival™ is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains.  For far too long, felines have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them.

The annual NY Cat Film Festival™ will enhance our appreciation and understanding of who cats share our world, while benefiting local animal welfare groups and saluting those who work and volunteer on their behalf.  

Benefitting the Winn Feline Foundation

Dedicated to the Health and Welfare of All Cats


Sponsored By


Our Non-profit Beneficiaries

In every location where the NY Cat Film Festival™ travels there will be a shelter or rescue partner in the community that will be the beneficiary and share in the proceeds of ticket sales. Those non-profit organizations will be honored as part of the festivities and will have the opportunity for education and outreach about adoption, as well as bringing adoptable cats to the theater at each destination.


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"If man could be crossed with cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."  - Mark Twain