Due to some poorly timed back problems, I wasn't able to post this immediately following the Internet Cat Video Festival, but it was such a delight I still wanted to talk about it. This is the first year I have attended, however not the first year Indianapolis has hosted the festival. What is the Internet Cat Video Festival? Exactly what you would think it is, and so much more.
It is a highly curated program of internet cat videos, watched in a theater with other cat enthusiasts, but it also brings awareness to local shelters and cats in need of homes. In Indianapolis it is hosted by the IMA and shown in their lovely Toby theater, but it is a touring festival with many stops. Being a huge fan of cats, I had to check it out.
Prior to the start of the show, pictures and tiny bios of local adoptable cats were featured and workers from the Humane Society were on hand to answer questions and help with the adoption process. Cat related merchandise were available, as was face painting and cat accessories.
The program is divided loosely by "plot" such as Action, Comedy and Drama, with a thoughtful mix of animation and more carefully produced videos, to simple short clips. I was pleasantly surprised to find that filmmaker and master curator William Braden was in attendance, providing a brief history of the festival and taking questions from the audience. The selections for this year's festival were thoroughly enjoyable and it was a wonderful experience to watch cat videos with a community of cat enthusiasts.
It was one of the first bitterly cold nights of the season, but people turned out in droves, proudly sporting cat related clothing and ready to laugh. I am very much hoping the festival returns next year, I can't wait to go again!