Cat Video Fest

1st Annual Cat Video Fest,

presented by Pet Valu

The CatVideoFest celebrates all things funny and feline and brings together

cat lovers, cat-video lovers and those who just love laughing under the stars!

The CatVideoFest showcases a 70-90 minute reel curated by Will Braden, of the Henri YouTube fame.

Where and When: The Lawn at the VFW, 1622 State Road 44, Shelbyville, IN 46176 | 6pm Festival opens with CATivities | 9pm (or twilight) Film Rolls

Cost: FREE general admission for adults and children; $25 VIP admission per person is available, including reserved parking, reserved seating, wine reception, complimentary catification (face painting and cat ears) and Kitten Therapy (hands-on kitten play and cuddling).

Festival CATivities:
Get cat-fied at the Catification Station: face painting, cat ears, and cattoos. ($5)

The Paw-parazzi will snap our guests as they arrive at the Lawn at the VFW and when mingling with the crowd to get the candid and humorous pix.

The Kitten Bowl will feature the fiercest, furriest & funniest kitten antics in the wrestling ring! Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for head scritches and squees. (free)

The Photo booth will have you showing off your purr-sonalities (free)

We’ll have the Mobile Adoption Event courtesy of the foster families of Animal Outreach of Shelby County. (adoption fees vary)

Special appearance by Severus Snape, ambassador for animal shelter and black cat adoptions!


Can I bring my cat or dog to the festival?

Please leave all pets at home, including cats and dogs. Due to the venue’s rules, animals are not allowed at this event with the exception of service animals. Most kitties would probably rather stay at home anyway.

What are the festival hours?

Doors open at 6pm with the reel starting around 9pm. The festival will wrap up around 10:30pm.

What if there is rain the night of the event?

We hope it doesn’t! But in case of severe weather, the screening will move inside to the VFW’s community room.

Can I bring a lawn chair into the festival?

Absolutely! You can also bring a blanket for lawn seating.

What will be going on before the film plays?

We hope you will join us for the cativities! Catification, photo booth, kitten bowl, sponsor booth, concessions, a raffle – so much to do before the screening!

A Brief History of the Internet Cat Video Festival

In August 2012, the Walker Art Center planned a small experiment as part of its outdoor summer programming on Open Field, the greenspace adjacent to the museum. What if there were an evening program dedicated to the Internet phenomenon of cat videos? Would anyone come to watch videos that they could easily view by few clicks at home or work? How would this solo hobby translate to a public setting?

Word of the event quickly spread internationally via social media and the press, including coverage as varied as the New York Times, the BBC, Japanese television, Australian talk shows, Brazilian newspapers, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Cat Fancy, Slate, Time Magazine, CHEEZburger, and many more. The result was some 10,000 people (and a few celebricats) gathered on the hillside at the Walker, enjoying the first Internet Cat Video Festival—together. Subsequent installments—at the Minnesota State Fair Grand Stand (with Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, among other special guests) and back at Walker’s Open Field last year–attracted similar crowds, and the overwhelming success of the event has led to international tours of the program.