What is it?
The Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between—in a social environment.
How did it get here?
The world’s first Internet Cat Video Festival took place at the Walker Art Center, a renowned contemporary art museum in Minneapolis, Minn., in 2012. It was an unparalleled and unexpected success. A viral sensation online, sparking news headlines worldwide, the festival itself saw the convergence of 10,000 people—some in costumes, others cradling kitty companions, all feline fanatics. Since then the festival has spawned other lives, including a national and international tour. The Farnsworth Art Museum is an official tour site for the second edition of the film festival, which took place in the summer of 2013.
Why is an art museum showing internet cat videos?
Internet cat videos are doing all of the things compelling art should: raising questions, challenging assumptions, surprising people, and—in the case of this festival—creating a real, multisensory experience. This festival is a crowd-sourced social gathering that taps into the growing trend towards socially engaged art and public practice. So, it’s not just about watching cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together!
Timeline of Events
Fair – 5:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Join fellow cat-lovers by the Rockland waterfront, where games, art activities and food vendors will all converge for a meowing medley of feline-inspired fun. (Activities & events organized by The Collective and various community partners.)
Film Festival – Sunset (approx. 8 p.m.)
Bring your own blanket, find your way to the big screen, and gather on the green for this 72-minute reel of 90 internet cat videos.
Become a Community Event Sponsor!
All sponsors (at both the $250 & $500 levels) will be recognized in our eNews, on the Farnsworth website, in event press releases, and on the Farnsworth Facebook page. You’ll also receive a museum membership, and have the opportunity to display any brochures on a sponsor table at the event itself.
The $500 sponsors will also get their names listed on the event tshirt, and will have their logos on the Farnsworth website, will be listed on a banner outside the museum, and will have their logos shown in our event’s pre-show “thanks” on our 40ft screen, all by itself.
The Internet Cat Video Festival at the Farnsworth is made possible in part thanks to the support of:
The Strand Theatre