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WALKER ART CENTER INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL
GOLDEN KITTY AWARDED TO THE ORIGINAL GRUMPY CAT

Minneapolis, August 28, 2013—The Walker Art Center presented the second Internet Cat Video Festival this evening at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, drawing an audience over 10,000. The people’s choice award, the Golden Kitty, was presented to The Original Grumpy Cat. Grumpy responded to the honor with a characteristic “Whatever.”
Chosen by online voting of nearly 20,000 responses, the Golden Kitty was shown as the finale of the festival and was awarded by last year’s winner Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir, and festival producer Scott Stulen of the Walker Art Center in front of a Minnesota State Fair Grandstand audience of over 10,000.

The YouTube playlist of selected videos from the festival are available via:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5aJYoXLOMo1K0vgy8XQfUKBaSVrJ1ov7

Drawing over 10,000 online nominations, the second edition of the Walker’s festival included videos submitted from around the world including Australia, Japan, Russia, UK, Canada, and all over the United States. As with last year the videos were divided into the categories of Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animated, Musical and Documentary. New categories for this year included a Minnesota Created “Cat-on-a-Stick” and an inaugural group of seven Hall of Fame inductees including Keyboard Cat, Nyan, Henri Le Chat Noir, Lil BUB, Kittens Inspired by Kittens, Maru, and Boots and Cats. The festival closed with a countdown of the People’s Choice videos concluding with the Golden Kitty winner.
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Joyce rachel.joyce@walkerart.org 612.375.7635B Roll and event images available upon request. .

Internet Cat Video Festival Program, August 28, 2013

COMEDY

Oskar the Blind Kitten Versus Hair Dryer
Kitty with a Watermelon Addiction
Black Cat Stick ’Em Up
Funny synchronized sphynx cats
Smart Cat Knock on Door
Fat Cat in a Pot
Cat Boarding
Cat Crip Walk on Counter
Cat Scared of Mario jump
Epic Cat Gymnast Imitates Fireman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFzjLAoSPPQ

Jedi Cats
Cat Friend vs Dog Friend
Hamilton the Hipster Cat
Colonel Meow on Facebook

DRAMA

The Trials and Tribulations of Patrick Chesterfield II
The Girl From Normandy
Cat Watching Slayer
Little Kitten Challenges Big Dog
Window Cat Attacks
Teddy the A-Hole CatHenri Le Chat Noir #7

FOREIGN

Kitten Reading Book
Сними очки
Parrot Relentlessly Annoying Cat
Dansons la capucine
Cat Sitting Relaxed
Slippery Cat

DOCUMENTARY

Lil Bub and Friendz
Rufus Tower
Google Glass Cat
Gravity Cats
Pussy People

ANIMATED

Stubborn Cat on Bag
A Cat Like That
Cats and Pants
Spoiled Milk
Paw Wars

VINE CAT BREAK

Montage of Vine Cat Videos by Various Artists

MUSICAL

I’m Just a Cat and I’m Doing Cat Stuff Alex Gaudino ft. Taboo

“I Don’t Wanna Dance” - Work It Kitty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL82YimQVFI

Grumpy PizacattoCollective Soul Cat
Harlem Shake Rambo the Cat Edition

CAT ON A STICK (Minnesota Created)

Lazy Pudge the Cat with a Toy on Her Head
Punky Goes Fishing
Todd Sucherman and Cleo, Nicknames
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzqwLEWPDfU

Snow Kitty 2013
Butter Cat Time Lapse
http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/animal-planet-presents/videos/check-out-this-cat-sculpture-made-out-of-butter.htm

HALL OF FAME

KEYBOARD CAT
Kittens Inspired by Kittens by blakekelly0
MaruLil Bub SoundsBoots and CatsNyan Cat [Original]Henri, Paw de Deux

PEOPLE’S CHOICE (IN ORDER OF VOTES RECEIVED)

Original Grumpy CatCatalogueCat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba
Cat Licks Vaccum Cleaner
Kitten Meets Hedgehog

The Internet Cat Video Festival 2013-14 Tour

After the successful debut at the Minnesota State Fair the Internet Cat Video Festival now hits the road with 11 tour dates booked thus far and more to be added soon.


September 7th Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek (San Francisco) CA September 7-15th Honolulu Art Museum, Honolulu HI September 12th CultureTECH Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland September 22nd Monmouth County Library, Manalapan NJ September 27th ArtPrize Grand Rapids, MI October 4th Cable Car Cinema, Providence RI October 19th Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago IL October 25th Warsaw Hall, Brooklyn NY January 24th Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI May 2014 Great Wall of Oakland, Oakland CA June 2014 Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR

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Screen it and they will come

Some 13,000 people descended on the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand the evening of August 28 for the 2013 Internet Cat Video Festival. Feline fanciers and fanatics were treated to a night of music, comedy, cat videos, IRL appearances by viral-video kitties and their humans, plus the awarding of the second annual Golden Kitty Award. We sent an army of photographers and videographers, who offer these first looks at how the day unfolded.

Photo: Gene Pittman