This First Internet Cat Video Film Festival was held on August 31, 2012 at the Walker Art Center's Open Field, in Minneapolis, MN.
Here are some of the reasons why this event is important and how it has legitimized watching cat videos.
The Walker Art's Center, situated in Minneapolis, is one of the leading contemporary art museums in the United States.
If this were just a summer evening in the park, watching favourite cat videos, it would be fun. A film festival where there are ten thousand applications, nine "CAT-egories:" comedy, drama, foreign, animated, musical, documentary, art house and honorable mention, that's serious fun.
The idea for the festival came from Katie Hill, 28, a program associate at the museum, who suggested it early this year as a sort of joke. The "joke" was later considered to be a good fit with the Walker’s Open Field initiative, which calls for experimental public programming, often free, on the lawn.
The People who attended the festival's debut - see video report from the New York times. Organizers planned for up to 3000 visitors, more than 10,000 showed up at Open Field.
Reviews from New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Slate.com, Buzzfeed and Mashable had all contributed articles to the viral purrs going around the Internet.
If you missed the First Internet Cat Video Festival, here are some more photos.