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Internet Cat Video Festival 2014

Part of Open Field 2014

“Move over, Cannes, Minneapolis might just be home to the greatest film festival ever.” —Huffington Post

Celebrate the third year of watching cat videos together when the Internet Cat Video Festival returns to the Walker’s Open Field. This year’s kitty rumpus features a new selection of videos programmed by Will Braden, creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos. Braden has hosted several catvidfest tour events and received the first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. The night also includes live music, food, and feline-themed activities, of course.

More information about nominating a video, festival tours, and other details can be found here.

In case of rain, this event will be held August 21.

A Brief History of the Internet Cat Video Festival

In August 2012, the Walker Art Center planned a small experiment as part of its outdoor summer programming on Open Field, the green space adjacent to the building. What if there was an evening program dedicated to the Internet phenomenon of cat videos? Would anyone come to watch videos what they could easily view with a few clicks at home or work? How would this solo hobby translate to a public setting?

Word of the program quickly spread internationally via social media and the press, including coverage as varied as the New York Times, the BBC, Japanese television, Australian talk shows, Brazilian newspapers, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Cat Fancy, Slate, Time, CHEEZburger, and many more. The result was 10,000 people gathered on Open Field enjoying the first Internet Cat Video Festival—together.

The overwhelming success of the event has led to tours of the program and last summer the Walker presented the second installment of the festival to an even larger crowd at the Minnesota State Fair.

Media Contact

Rachel Joyce, Assistant Director, Public Relations

Tour Requests

For tour inquiries, please contact catvidfest@walkerart.org.


The Internet Cat Video Festival 2014 sponsor

Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by

Open Field 2014 sponsor