The New York Times reported that The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis was host to the first ever Internet Cat Video Festivals. Viewers from all around gathered in a field just outside the center to enjoy a compilation of 79 videos (watch them here) from over 7,000 entries.
Event coordinators found themselves a bit overwhelmed when attendance for the film festival doubled expectations. Neighbors of the center were a little surprised to hear the aww’s, meows and incessant laughter from more than a block away.
The video clips were separated into categories: documentary, foreign, art house and lifetime achievement. Gretchen Sealls drove five hours from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “People watch them, and they watch them over and over and over again. I think you’re going to see a lot of copycat versions of this,” she said. “No pun intended.”
The Golden Kitty award, the most prestigious of kitten video awards by popular vote, went to “Henri 2: Paw de Deux.” The short is a satire of angsty French art films and was created by Will Braden of Seattle. “This goes to show that the shared love of cat videos isn’t just a virtual thing, isn’t just a matter of a few clicks, but actually something people can share in real life,” said Mr. Braden.
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