Via AFP - The moody reflections of an existentialist French-speaking feline has taken top honors at an al fresco festival in Minnesota dedicated to cat videos from around the world.
More than 10,000 people filled a field outside the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis after sunset Thursday for its inaugural Cat Video Festival, thought to be the only one of its kind in the world.
Winning the Golden Kitty, chosen by online voting, was "Henri 2, Paw de Deux" by Seattle filmmaker Will Braden, shot in black and white with a solo piano soundtrack, in which the eponymous star broods about his housebound existence.
"We received a little over 10,000 cat video nominations," including a remarkable number from Japan and Russia, from which 70 were selected for screening, festival curator Katie Hill said.
"Henri 2, Paw de Deux" was a crowd-pleaser, Hill said, because it had all the elements of a winning cat video: "The importance of form and content working together within the video, an adorable cat star and the element of surprise."
Hill would like to see the festival go on the road, with screenings in other cities and countries, but in the meantime all the selected videos are on Walker's YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/PABVNx.
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