Cat video festival comes to Vienna

Cat video festival comes to Vienna
A cat, fooling around. Photo: G4ViralVideos
The phenomenon of internet cat videos is having its own festival in Vienna on Tuesday evening.

Love cats? Love cats on film? No other kind of home video gets posted as often on Facebook and Youtube as cute kittens doing funny things.

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis approached this phenomenon in a semi-serious way and called for submissions – soon afterwards, 78 out of 10,000 films were screened open air in front of 10,000 people.

In 2013, Vienna Independent Shorts (VIS) were the first to bring the feline fest to Europe. 

The second edition of the Cat Video Festival Vienna presents "newcomers and cat video stars… in everyday life, sports, music videos, and of course their special field: ignoring humans," the organisers said. 

The classic oeuvre 'Cat peeking over bed.'  Video courtesy G4ViralVideos.

Vice Austria is a partner in the event and will be screening the first part of its four part documentary called Lil Bub & Friendz – a touching story about a "small and special cat and her friends Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and Scumbag Steve". 

The event is being held in the open air cinema at Arena Wien, on Tuesday 19th August, and starts at 9.30pm. The event will move inside if it rains. Entrance is free.

People can wear feline fancy dress, if they wish. 

Design: Nicolas Mahler

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