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Cat Videos Rule Internet, Have Entire Festival Dedicated to Them

Image: Cat Videos Rule Internet, Have Entire Festival Dedicated to Them Left, a scene from an award-winning cat video by William Braden. Right, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 07:03 PM

By Clyde Hughes

The second annual Internet Cats Video Festival at the Minneapolis Walker Art Center last Friday is yet another sign that felines have taken over the medium.

The Associated Press wrote that the festival in drew 10,000 people, which featured noted cat Internet stars such as Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat, Henri the morose, existentialist le Chat Noir, and nameless kitties trying to jump into cardboard boxes with hilarious results.

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The inaugural festival last year received more than 10,000 video submissions far and wide from the owners of fame-seeking cats, wrote the AP. The festival now makes its way to Rochester, N.Y.'s George Eastman House on Dec. 1, followed by stops in Austin, Texas; Oakland and Portland, Ore.

During the first festival in Minneapolis, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Slate.com, Buzzfeed and Mashable gave the event nationwide coverage, adding to this year's popularity.

Neysa Smith, 22, told The Associated Press it's hard to prove why cats are so popular on the internet – or at least markedly more popular than dogs – but she had one thought.

"Cats are the best animal ever," she said. Smith had a painted-on cat face in honor of the festival. "They are smarter than dogs."

Internet cat videos are also becoming big business. Pancake, a rescued cat who lives in Sahuarita, Ariz., won a $10,000 award earlier this month in a nationwide video contest sponsored by Friskies, wrote the Arizona Daily Star.

Pancake's owner Alex Komechak entered a video with the cat playing with his best friend, a Doberman named Sugar Tree. Pancake won the Rescue Cat and Fan Favorite categories at The Friskies awards.

Time magazine reported that Internet favorite Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, has his own coffee line, a movie deal, New York Times-bestselling book and seven sequined nipple pasties.

Grumpy Cat was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at Friskies contest for "doing the most to help cats take over the Internet" at the cat food brand's event in New York City earlier this month, wrote Time.

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