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Internet Cat Video Festival 2012

August 30th, 8:30 pm, Walker Open Field

View the playlist of videos screened at #catvidfest here after the event. And click here for a playlist of honorable mentions.

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 night’s festivities started off with Death Metal Drawing Club with mnartists.org, and “_____________ is what we make together” Open Field letterpress poster printing with Lunalux, and then live music from Brain Laidlaw and the Family Trade started 7 pm!

Special thanks to our community partners, Feline Rescue, Animal Humane Society, and The Wildcat Sanctuary, who also had a presence at the event.

Nominations for #catvidfest closed July 30, 2012. The  thousands of nominated videos have been narrowed down and divided into CATegories like comedy, documentary, animated, foreign, etc. The “People’s Choice” vote was open from Aug. 6 – 12. The winner was revealed live at #catvidfest on August 30th to be “Henri, Paw de Deux.”

Henri 2, Paw de Deux


We are currently planning to ‘tour’ the festival to the following locations:

Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts – Boston, October 23, 2012, 7:00pm

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, November 15, 2012, 7:00pm

If you are interested in #catvidfest, would like more information, or have other program related questions, please contact co-producer Scott Stulen, scott.stulen@walkerart.org

For media inquires please contact Rachel Joyce, Assistant Director of Public Relations at rachel.joyce@walkerart.org or call 612-375-7635.

Read more about #catvidfest on the Walker blog:
Vote for #catvidfest “Best in Show”
How to Attend an Internet Cat Video Festival
Internet Cat Video Festival on Open Field
Internet Cat Video Festival Now Accepting Nominations
#catvidfest: the Cat’s Meow
#catvidefest: I Haz Fan Mail
#catvidfest: Vote for People’s Choice

#catvidfest on facebook

@catvidfest on twitter

Cat Press:

A video from the New York Times


New York Times, “At Cat Video Film Festival, Stars Purr for Close-Ups,” Melena Ryzik, August 31, 2012


Slate, “Apocalypse Meow: A dispatch from the Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival.” Seth Stevenson, August 31, 2012


Jezebel, “I Went Looking for Internet Cat Freaks, But Instead I Found Myself,” Madeleine Davies, September 11, 2012


Associated Press, “Cat videos get their moment at Minn. film festival,” Patrick Condon, August 29, 2012

Star Tribune, “Internet Cat Video Film Fest draws 10,000 people,” Tom Horgen, August 31, 2012


Pioneer Press, “Internet Cat Video Festival draws 10,000 (!) to Walker Art Center,” Amy Gustafson, August 31, 2012


The Village Voice, “We All Wish We Attended the Internet Cat Video Festival in Minnesota,” John Surico, September, 1, 2012

Newsweek, “Cat Videos Go Highbrow at Walker Art Center,” Alexandra Peers, August 27, 2012


L. A. Times, “Film festival to focus on Internet cat videos,” Deborah Netburn, July 10, 2012

Time, Newsfeed, “The Art of the Cat Video,” Olivia B. Waxman, July 11, 2012

Wired, Underwire, “First-Ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival Opens for Nominations,” Geeta Dayal, July 11, 2012


BBC News, “Cat video film festival to celebrate web’s furriest virals,” July 11, 2012

Kansas City Star, “More than 7,000 enter first cat video festival,” Lisa Gutierrez, July 31, 2012

MPR News, “Walker to host Cat Video Film Festival, Internet LOLz,” Jon Collins, July 11, 2012

The Guardian, Shortcuts, “The Internet Cat Video Film Festival: my idea of heaven,” Laura Barton, July 12, 2012

Huffington Post, “Internet Cat Video Film Festival To Be Held In Minneapolis,” July 11, 2012

Mashable.com, “Lights, Camera, Meow! Cat Videos Get Their First Film Festival,” Emily Price, July 10, 2012

Buzzfeed, “Finally! An Internet Cat Video Film Festival,” Katie Notopoulos, July 10, 2012

Gawker, “And So It Begins: Internet Cat Video Film Festival to Take Place Next Month in Minneapolis,” Neetzan Zimmerman, July 10, 2012