Internet Cat Video Film Festival is a Real Thing
I don’t know what it is that makes watching videos of cats doing, well, just about anything, so incredibly addictive. Whether they’re having an inexplicable freak out, trying to ‘be a people’, or just generally being weird, cats are always entertaining.
For years, we’ve watched these ‘cat videos’ on YouTube and shared them with our friends over social media. There are entire websites devoted to the sharing and appreciation of kitty clips and pics. Searching ‘cat video’ on Google nets almost 2.3 billion results. A search for ‘politics’, on the other hand, only gets about 1 billion.
In fact, cats have become so ubiquitous on the Internets that ‘experts’ have speculated that the Internet is actually approximately 45% cats. Okay, so I just made that figure up because I was too busy watching cat videos to do any research, but it sounds pretty reasonable, right?
So it only stands to reason that eventually, we humans would have no choice but to take our fondness for feline films to the next level: the physical world. IRL. Meatspace. Call it what you will; the point is, we bipeds so consumed with our love of cat videos that we want to give them the respect they deserve.
No longer are we content to browse these videos while we wait for our dinners to cook, to chuckle at Keyboard Cat when our bosses aren’t around, and to share clips of kitties taking baths with our friends on Facebook.
We want cat videos to be recognized for what they are: art. Fluffy, adorable, oh-so-kyyyuuuuute, endlessly watchable art.
That’s why the Walker Art Center created the world’s first Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Move, Cannes, get out the way, because the film festival for the people is here. Now all of us sad Internet dudes can get together and discuss the motivations of noisy drinking cat, pontificate on the backstory of stalking cat, and critique the cinematography in the critically-acclaimed Maru Cat series.
The press release for the event is as follows:
“While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, our unofficial cat-lady-in-residence invites you to come gather together on the field and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other. Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena.”
The festival is taking nominations until July 30th, and the videos will be screened on August 30th.