Internet Cat Video Film Festival to be held in Minneapolis
Thousands of cat videos were nominated, but only one will be honored with the Golden Kitty Award at the Aug. 30 event.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM
FAMOUS FELINE: Maru, a Scottish Fold cat in Japan, is the star of YouTube videos that have been viewed more than 158 million times. (Photo: youtube.com/mugumogu)
Voting has ended and the People's Choice Award nominees have been selected for the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival.
The free event, which will be held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 30, is part of Open Field, the gallery’s summer project that transforms the center’s lawn into a site for cultural events.
"I could not be more excited to literally bring this solo cat video viewing behavior out in the open,” festival organizer and self-proclaimed borderline cat lady Katie Czarniecki Hill said in a blog post.
Cat video fans nominated their favorite feline Internet videos, and the more than 10,000 entries were narrowed down and divided into categories like comedy, documentary, animated and foreign.
Although the festival's viewing schedule hasn't been released, viral favorites that have amassed millions of views, including Stalking Cat, OMG Cat and Surprised Kitty are expected to make an appearance, and the Internet has speculated about other top contenders at the event.
The winner of the People's Choice Award won't be revealed until the day of the festival, but the film's producer will be there to receive the Golden Kitty. The winning video will also be broadcast during the season finale of Animal Planet’s "My Cat From Hell" on Sept. 8.
Festival attendees will be able to vote for the Best of Show video during the event by tweeting the name of their favorite video with the #catvidfest hasthtag.
The Cat Video Film Festival — and hour-long event open to cat lovers and even cats themselves — is billed as an “experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event.”
"It will be interesting to see if people think it is silly, or great, or a waste of time. But I like the idea of everyone admitting they like cat videos,” Hill told the Los Angeles Times.
The festival will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Love cat videos, but won't be able to attend? No problem. The festival will also be available via walkerart.org and the Animal Planet website beginning Aug. 31.
Check out the People's Choice cat video nominees below.
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