The second installment of the Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival is traveling west. Starting Jan. 17, the cat video collection will travel from Idaho to Nevada and on to northern and southern California.
The celebration of cat videos makes its last western stop in Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 24. An abridged version of festival selections will be part of Cat Art Show Los Angeles Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 1 and 2.
At the launch of the festival’s second edition in Minneapolis in August 2013, the people’s choice award to The Original Grumpy Cat. Grumpy and her people were on hand to accept the Golden Kitty. The honor was granted by 20,000 viewers who voted for her.
The Golden Kitty was shown as the finale of the festival and was awarded by the previous year’s winner Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir, and festival producer Scott Stulen of the Walker Art Center in front of a Minnesota State Fair Grandstand audience of more than 10,000.
The second edition of the Walker’s Festival, chosen by 10,000 online viewers, features videos submitted from around the world including Australia, Japan, Russia, UK, Canada, and all over the United States. As with last year the videos were divided into the categories of Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animated, Musical and Documentary. New categories for this year included a Minnesota Created “Cat-on-a-Stick” and an inaugural group of seven Hall of Fame inductees including Keyboard Cat, Nyan, Henri Le Chat Noir, Lil BUB, Kittens Inspired by Kittens, Maru, and Boots and Cats.
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The festival closed with a countdown of the People’s Choice videos concluding with the Golden Kitty winner.