Dallas VideoFest Hosts Internet Cat Video Festival in August 2016



Video Association of Dallas and Dallas VideoFest present the showcase: INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL at Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd Oak Cliff, on Wednesday, August 24. #DFWCatVidFest features a new selection of videos curated by the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis and Will Braden, the creator of the HENRI LE CHAT NOIR videos and recipient of the Walker Art 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 evening’s screening will feature approximately 100 cat videos culled from videos in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animated, Musical, Action, Vintage, and Documentary.

The screening will also include a local component. VAD is requesting cat owners to send in their feline hi-jinks and celebri-cat videos for consideration. There can be other animals in the video; however, each video should be cat-centric. Winners will receive prizes. #DFWCatVidFest

Bart Weiss, founder of Video Association of Dallas and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest is a cat-person himself. His four cats: Bitzer, CC Rocket, Ali and Trouble (aka Bubble), allow Bart and his wife, Susan, and their pit bull, Petey, live with them: “Some people claim most of the traffic on the internet is cat videos, which is both amazing and wonderful. There is something special about viewing our wise four-legged friends, to calm us from the visual aural and political noise around us."

“I’m especially proud to be partnering with Operation Kindness on this. We also want to show local cat videos so send them our way.  By the way, did you know that one of the most important American experimental filmmakers of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s, Maya Deren made a cat video!?” said Bart Weiss.

Be inspired by THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT by Maya Deren from 1944: https://youtu.be/k_iFk1eU1B0


Wednesday, August 24th

Doors: 6:00 pm

Show: 7:00 pm



$15/general admission


All ages welcome.



Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd Oak Cliff, TX 75208 214-948-1546


Call for video entries:

We have a general Call for Entries with the cat videos included


Videos should be 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length.

Legal language regarding the submission:

By submitting a video, the filmmakers grant permission to the rights of any images of the footage submitted to be use for promotional events without payment or any other consideration.  The filmmakers understand that the submitted video may be copied, exhibited, or published on social media, and expressly waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product shown on the social media on which it may appear. Additionally, the filmmakers waive any right to royalties or other forms of compensation arising from or related to the use of the video in this manner.  The filmmakers also understand that this material may be used in diverse educational settings within an unrestricted geographic area. 


Photo contest:

Post a photo of your cat to the Dallas VideoFest Facebook page (facebook.com/VideoFest/) and use the hashtag‪#DFWCatVidFest. The one photo, which gets the most Likes will win prizes from the film, KEANU, swag.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Operation Kindness No-Kill Animal Shelter – http://www.operationkindness.org/opk/

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