Cat video lovers rejoice: all that time spent searching the internet for the funniest feline reel finally holds more significance than laughing uncontrollably in your cubicle. The Walker Art Center is currently accepting nominations for the first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival, which will take place on August 30 as part of Open Field, an annual summer-long festival of artsy events that take place on the museum’s big, green lawn.
Open Field director and self-proclaimed cat-lady-in-residence Katie Czarniecki Hill announced the monumental event on the Walker blog, taking the opportunity to explain the reasons behind devoting such a celebration to the popular time-wasting activity:
It’s no secret that internet cat videos have been all the rage for some time now. Traditionally, we send these viral gems to one another via email or share them through various social media outlets. Some viewers (yours truly included) spend precious free time
obsessivelyoccasionally trolling the interwebs for hilarious 30-second clips of feline tomfoolery. Either way, while enjoyed by a broad online audience of millions, cat videos are normally viewed alone. Until now.