Cat videos are the currency of the realm here on the Internet, but their sheer volume makes sorting out the best clips a chore (the struggle is real, friends!). Enter then the Internet Cat Video Festival, which edits the pick of the litter into an epic kitty supercut. Now in Year 3, the annual event is hosted and organized by Minneapolis' Walker Art Center, one of the nation's preeminent modern art institutions. (This year's edition is scheduled for August 14th and is free and open to the public).
Befitting of the digital milieu in which we live, the festival is equal parts crowdsourcing (videos are nominated by fans and sourced from all around the world) and curation (the program is sequenced with a modest measure of professional purrfessional rigor and presented in the context of a contemporary art museum). Last year's reel, for example, consisted of approximately 80 clips, as pulled from a pool of 10,000-plus submissions. Thanks in part to appearances by Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, and the creators of both Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat, the festival packed a whopping 15,000 feline fanatics into the grandstands at the Minnesota State Fair for an evening of music, art, fashion, and animal activism. (As then-curator Scott Stulen remarked in his preface, it's not about watching cat videos, it's about watching cat videos together.)