The Internet Cat Video 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. The showcase features a new selection of videos curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. Film critic Roger Ebert called "Henri 2: Paw De Deux" "the best Internet cat video ever made." The new reel will feature approximately 100 cat videos culled from nominations by the public in the categories of comedy, drama, animated, musical, action, vintage, and documentary.
This event has its history in August 2012, when the Walker Art Center planned a small experiment as part of its outdoor summer programming on Open Field, the greenspace adjacent to the museum. Their question was, what if there were an evening program dedicated to the internet phenomenon of cat videos? Word of the event quickly spread internationally via social media and the press, including coverage as varied as the New York Times, Japanese television, and Australian talk shows, among many others. The result was some 10,000 people (and a few celebricats) gathered on the hillside at the Walker, enjoying the first Internet Cat Video Festival together. Subsequent installments have attracted similar crowds, and the overwhelming success of the event has led to international tours of the program.
Attendees are encouraged to come to the event dressed up in their favorite family-friendly cat costume or cat-inspired outfit for the Berklee Performance Center's "cat-stume" contest.