About the Festival
The Walker Art Center presents its second Internet Cat Video Festival on Wednesday, August 28th, at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Last year the Festival (#catvidfest), the first of its kind in the nation/world, drew a crowd of over 10,000 to the Walker. Originally conceived as a modest celebration to bring online communities together in the real world, #catvidfest has now become its own viral sensation.
Over the last year the Festival has spawned an international tour including events in Boston, San Diego, Austin, Memphis and Portland with upcoming festivals in Vienna, Austria and Jerusalem, and numerous lecture and conference presentations including SXSW and TEDx.
The Internet Cat Video festival returns with the same spirit of community and collaboration, but packed with even more special guests, music, interactive artist projects, awards, celebrity cats, fireworks and other feline inspired fun. The second Internet Cat Video Festival is comprised of over 80 new videos selected by a team of jurors. As with last year’s festival the clips are organized into various “cat”-egories including Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Foreign, Musical, and Lifetime Achievement. New for this year is a local “Cat–on-a-Stick” category awarding the best Minnesota produced piece.
In addition to the new 70-minute reel of Internet Cat Videos, this year’s festival will feature the first time the leading celebri-cats and creators present together for the same event. Scheduled guests include Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Keyboard Cat Creator Charlie Schmidt, Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, Kittens Inspired by Kittens star Maddie Kelly, Paul Klusman and TJ Wingard (An Engineer’s Guide to Cats). Will Braden debuts a new video from last year’s Golden Kitty winner, Henri Le Chat Noir, made exclusively for the festival. Also debuting is a new video produced by the comedy website Funny or Die, featuring #catvidfest host Julie Klausner.