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Internet Cat Video Film Festival Is Purr-fectly Successful

Internet Cat Video Film Festival Is Purr-fectly Successful

There is little doubt that internet cat videos are a popular phenomenon. People watch them over and over and share them with friends on social networks and YouTube. Thanks to the prestigious Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, cat videos became a contemporary art form when the gallery held the first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival.

Organizers of the festival wanted to discover if watching cat videos on a big screen with people all around would give cat lovers the same enjoyable experience as seeing them privately in their own homes. The answer was a resounding yes. An estimated 10,000 people attended the outdoor evening event.

People could be heard blocks away laughing and applauding for their favorite cat antics. The festival placed the videos into categories for comedy, drama, foreign, animated, musical, art-house and documentary. Participants voted for the most popular video and all-time beloved video.

The idea for the festival came from Katie Hill, a program associate at the museum. More than 10,000 videos from around the world were nominated by cat lovers and Hill watched every single one. Later a dozen colleagues helped her narrow the choices to 79 videos that were shown during the 75 minute event.

“I learned that cats have agents,” said Hill. She was contacted by representatives for several cats after word got out about the festival.

Hill also learned that cats on video have fans. A cat by the name of Lil Bub was surrounded at the festival for two hours by people who wanted their picture taken with video celebrity.

Winner at the festival for the Golden Kitty award was a two-minute film called “Henri 2: Paw de Deux.” It is the “existential” tale about a black-and-white French feline. Other winning videos were, “Snooky and the Metronome,” “Kittens Inspired by Kittens” and “Kittens Riding Vacuum.”

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7:05AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Henri the French cat is very popular and has several videos that you can view. He's most current is named " Henri le chat noir does Christmas." You might be able to find them in Facebook. I saw it about 2 weeks ago on MSN website.

9:02AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Ennui, ur doin it rite, Henri ...

7:06PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

That was FANTASTIC!!

2:54AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Cats and kittens make the very best video and photo subjects. There is nothing more photogenic -- or more adorable.

10:06AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Loved, loved, loved Henri's video......thanks for a much needed laugh today.

Wish I had been at this festival....I would have been in kitty heaven!

8:37AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

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3:16PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Love Henri's films.

2:38PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

My cat has been foiled by the cat door - but only once. He tests it with his paw before going through now. Cats are smart!

12:05PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Fiona D - Love Shorty & Kodi! Somehow they need to get more views. Some of my favs are Yoga Cat, the Felympics series and the new one, "Planet of the Cats".

(Winky has a secret crush on Henri so she is happy!)

7:37AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Not too happy with the kittens on the vacuum........ They could get hurt.

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