Internet cats can haz film festival

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9:58 EDT
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An Internet 'fat cat' sits on money while surfing the web. Photo: Shutterstock.com, all rights reserved.
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Fans of Surprised Kitten and Keyboard Cat will get to commiserate off-line this August with their own film festival, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The first Internet Cat Video Film Festival will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. Aug. 30, in what organizer Katie Czarniecki Hill said is a social experiment.

“It will be interesting to see if people think it is silly, or great, or a waste of time,” she said. “But I like the idea of everyone admitting they like cat videos.”

The festival is taking nominations for videos to be screened during the event, which will last between 45 minutes and an hour – enough time to watch plenty of videos, given how short many of them are.

In a blog post announcing the festival, Czarniecki Hill said the event encouraged people who love (or hate) the videos to share an hobby they usually pursue alone.

“It’s no secret that internet cat videos have been all the rage for some time now,” Czarniecki Hill wrote. “Traditionally, we send these viral gems to one another via email or share them through various social media outlets. Some viewers (yours truly included) spend precious free time obsessively occasionally trolling the interwebs for hilarious 30-second clips of feline tomfoolery.”

The event will be held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and admission is free. For a taste of the kind of videos likely to be screened at the festival, watch the mockumentary “Catvertising,” which has garnered almost 2 million views since being posted Nov. 10, 2011, below:

["Red Cat Sitting On The Notebook" on Shutterstock]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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