That’s right! For those among us who have wasted days, if not weeks, on the internet gazing at kittens batting around toys, or getting tickled, or drinking water from a faucet, or falling asleep, or wearing hats, or playing the piano, or acting like ninjas, or whatever else there is finally a glimmer of formal acceptance. The inaugural Internet Cat Video Film Festival will be held IRL at Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center on August 30th. The festival is part of the center’s Open Field festivities, which encourages participation and collaboration among art consumers. In her blog, Internet Cat Video Film Festival creator Katie Czarniecki Hill writes that the real-life film festival will bring the traditionally-solo act of cat-video-watching into a community. “…cat videos are normally viewed alone. Until now. As Walker Open Field’s Cat-lady-in-Residence (just kidding, that’s not a real position…yet), I could not be more excited to literally bring this solo cat video viewing behavior out in the open…Let’s transform this singular small screen viewing experience into a shared celebration with the larger-than-life projection of these silly clips out on the Open Field.”
But Minneapolis is far away. So for those of us in New York, we can participate by submitting nominations to the festival.
For what it’s worth, here’s my entry, to be marked under “science fiction” and/or “suspense” and/or “Science Fiction” (that’s my cat’s name):
I swear to God, one day I’m going to be the first to get a PhD in feline film studies.