Internet Cat Video Festival draws over 10,000 in Minnesota
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ST. PAUL, MN -- (Marketwired) -- The Walker Art Center presented the second Internet Cat Video Festival on Thursday evening at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, drawing an audience of over 10,000 people.
The People's Choice award, the Golden Kitty, was presented to The Original Grumpy Cat. Grumpy responded to the honor with a characteristic "Whatever."
Chosen by online voting of nearly 20,000 responses, the Golden Kitty was shown as the finale of the festival and was awarded by last year's winner Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir, and festival producer Scott Stulen of the Walker Art Center.
The YouTube playlist of selected videos from the festival is available here.
The second edition of the festival included 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.
The festival closed with a countdown of the People's Choice videos concluding with the Golden Kitty winner.
(Video courtesy NDN)