Join our friends from the Humane Society (and kittens for adoption in the lobby) for this year’s new compilation of videos curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. The Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a lively event, a gathering to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between.
Internet cat videos are doing all of the things compelling art should: raising questions, challenging assumptions, angering people, and—in the case of our festival—creating a real experience. We assumed when we were assembling the clips that people would be eager to see new videos, but in actuality the greater joy was sharing the experience of watching very familiar videos with each other. The Internet Cat Video Festival event emerged in 2012 from the Community Programs and Education Department (ECP) and Open Field of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, a platform of crowdsourced content in the spirit of collaboration and building community.