Those countless “wasted” hours spent watching Internet cat videos will not have been for naught after all! Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center announced today on its blog that it will hold the first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival on August 30 as part of its summer Open Field program, and it is seeking submissions. Nominees for the ICVFF are being accepted today through July 30, and no doubt the festival’s programmers have a few videos of their own in mind.
Walker blogger and de facto festival director Katie Czarniecki Hill explains in her post that the impulse to create the ICVFF was equally motivated by a love of cat videos as it was by a desire to make their enjoyment a more communal and less solitary pursuit.
“Traditionally, we send these viral gems to one another via email or share them through various social media outlets,” Czarniecki Hill writes. “Some viewers (yours truly included) spend precious free time obsessively occasionally trolling the interwebs for hilarious 30-second clips of feline tomfoolery. Either way, while enjoyed by a broad online audience of millions, cat videos are normally viewed alone.”
— Benjamin Sutton