It may be the dog days of summer, but in August, cats will be temporarily taking over the Groninger Forum cinema during CatVideoFest.
CatVideoFest, an American event that originated in Washington state, is basically a compilation of more than an hour’s worth of the best cat videos out there, including “unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses”. The cinematic experience raises money for cats in need.
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the cat-centric event has screenings around the world, and a portion of the proceeds go to local shelters and animal welfare organisations. This year marks the first time that the latest edition of the CatVideoFest will be screened in the Netherlands: in addition to Groningen, theatres in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will also be showing the movie.
The current director of the festival, Will Braden, took over in 2015 and is the creator of one of the most popular cat video series online: Henri, de Chat Noir, a spoof on French film noir chronicling the domestic life of an existentialist cat. Braden creates each year’s CatVideoFest compilation by viewing around 10,000 entries, according to The Spokesman Review, a Spokane, Washington-based newspaper.
Photo source: Catvideofest.com