It’s a widely known fact that cats are the rock stars of the Internet. Cat videos are everywhere, and if you can catch your cat doing something funny, like playing Slinky on the stairs, then you too can find yourself at the center of a viral sensation. However, even if you can’t operate a Blu-ray player, you can still find yourself in the middle of an art installation. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has created a film festival dedicated to cats. Dubbed the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, it’s the first-ever film festival dedicated to YouTube clips of cats.
“It is a cultural phenomenon that raises some interesting questions,” said Katie Hill, the Walker program associate behind the film festival, who describes herself as an ‘art historian and cat lady.’ She added, ”I’m not a behavioral psychologist, I’m not a sociologist. I just think they’re funny and cute, and I think a lot of other people do too.”
The Walker edited 70 different cat videos into a 60-minute cat film festival, and have even invited attendees to bring their own cats, provided the cats are on leashes. Festival goers will be able to vote on a Best In Show, and the Walker also plans to award a Golden Kitty Award to their favorite video of the selection.
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