No, really. A film festival. Of cat videos.
The event, taking place in a park beside the Walker Arts Center on August 30, is the brainchild of feline fan Katie Czarniecki Hill.
“It’s no secret that Internet cat videos have been all the rage for some time now,” Katie wrote in a blog post announcing the event. “Some viewers (yours truly included) spend precious free time
obsessively occasionally trolling the interwebs for hilarious 30-second clips of feline tomfoolery. Either way, while enjoyed by a broad online audience of millions, cat videos are normally viewed alone.”
Katie, who calls herself the Walker Arts Center’s Cat-lady-in-Residence, says she “could not be more excited to literally bring this solo cat video viewing behavior out in the open.”
She encourages those who come to the film festival to “experience the shared joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat and discover new favorites” in what she promises will be a “carefully curated” series of cat videos.
Judging by the colossal number of hits some cat videos get on YouTube, Katie should have no trouble drawing a crowd next month. Then again, perhaps watching cat videos is an act feline fanatics prefer to do alone, with the lights low and the curtains closed. Will the thought of a gathering of like-minds be enough to lure them the comfort of their living room? Or more importantly, will they all look kind of the same, with possibly a faint whiff of cat litter about them? This unique film festival could well reveal some fascinating truths…
If you have a favorite cat video, be sure to let Katie know about it here.
The Internet Cat Video Film Festival is free and open to all. Even dog fans are welcome, says Katie.