“The 70-minute-reel of cat videos is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by anyone,” according to the event website. “The wide demographic appeal allows for it to be shown in virtually any type of setting – from museums to theaters to outdoor festivals and beyond.”
The video festival features some of the best cat videos.
“There has to be something engaging in a video to make it part of the reel,” said Cat Video Fest curator Will Braden. “Usually it’s something funny, but it can also be a moment that’s unique or particularly unusual. If there’s something that I think people will get a kick out of, that’s the key.”
Braden picks the best of the best from countless submissions and whittles them down into Cat Video Fest.
“We get thousands of submissions every year, and I watch every single one,” he said. “It’s a tough life.”
Audiences can expect to see cat-themed clips that run the gamut in categories.
“My goal is to show the audience the total scope of cat videos,” Braden said. “So there are lots of the traditional silly cat videos, but also some music videos, mini-documentaries, animated videos, etc. If it has a cat and it’s engaging, it’s there.”
The idea for Cat Video Fest was inspired by how some people passed the time while working at a contemporary art center in Minneapolis.
“In 2012 at the Walker Art Center, I believe a couple people were watching cat videos at work,” Braden said. “Can you imagine?”
The personality traits associated with cats are what piqued Braden’s interest in cats.
“Cats are aloof and imperious, but sometimes grace us with a little affection,” he said. “It’s a compelling balance.”
Cat Video Fest has been around a few years and recently boomed in growth. It has branched out to different parts of the country and stops in Santa Fe on Sunday, March 10. A portion of the proceeds from the film festival benefit local cat charities, animal welfare organizations and shelters that best serve cats in the area.
“We’ve been going for a few years, but this year has seen a big expansion,” Braden said. “It’s great to be in a lot of new cities and venues.”