Internet Cat Video Film Festival to Be Held in Minneapolis

By Laura Moss, Mother Nature Network

Maru, a Scottish Fold cat in JapanMaru, a Scottish Fold cat in Japan

Nominations are now open for the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival.

The free event, which will be held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 30, is part of Open Field, the gallery's summer project that transforms the center's lawn into a site for cultural events.

"I could not be more excited to literally bring this solo cat video viewing behavior out in the open," festival organizer and self-proclaimed borderline cat lady Katie Czarniecki Hill said in a blog post.

Cat video fans can nominate up to three of their favorite feline Internet videos until July 30 by pasting the video URL into this form.

Viral favorites that have amassed millions of views, including Stalking Cat, OMG Cat and Surprised Kitty are expected to make an appearance, and the Internet is speculating about other top contenders at the hour-long event.

"Maru is arguably the greatest paw-teur of our generation, but I also think Keyboard Cat deserves a trophy on his mantle," said an icanhascheezburger contributor.

The Cat Video Film Festival - which is open to cat lovers and even cats themselves - is billed as an "experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event."

"It will be interesting to see if people think it is silly, or great, or a waste of time. But I like the idea of everyone admitting they like cat videos," Hill told the Los Angeles Times.

The festival will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit walkerart.org.

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