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article imageKitty festival going ahead in Minneapolis

By Melissa Horrocks     Jul 11, 2012 in Entertainment
Minneapolis - Most people love animals and now it's time to celebrate. The first cat video festival is going to be held in Minneapolis on 30 August.
There are many viral superstars today, but none that get more attention than feline friends. In fact, it is because feline's have been so popular in attracting YouTube views that the "world's first" feline festival is requesting submissions.
The Internet hobby of posting cute, videos of cats is now officially being celebrated. The Internet Cat Video Film Festival will take place on 30 August in Minneapolis, USA, according to BBC News.
The event will help people gather together and have a laugh. One of the organiser's, Katie Czarniecki Hill told fans that they only had until 30 July to send in their nominations. Ms Hill is extremely excited about the event. It is traditional to send viral gems to friends in an email or share them on social media outlets, but this film festival is something new.
There are some people who spend a long time trying to find the best 30 second clips of cat comedy. The increase in popularity of such videos shows the Internet community's pleasure for comical entertainment.
There are examples like, Keyboard Cat, this was a video that was posted in 1984 with a feline playing a tune on a keyboard.
Keyboard Cat was uploaded on YouTube in 2007 and was an instant hit, with over 25 million views.
Eideard reports that there have been remixes of the original clip and even a dedicated website for its use. One website that was set up to provide captions to images of felines, also adding human character traits and emotions was sold in 2007 for $2 million. The website received over a million hits each day. The site is now known as the Cheezburger Network and is a collection of similar sites based on the original format. Last year, its investors earned over $30 million in funding.
A viral professional told the BBC that feline videos would always be popular because humans are genetically tuned to respond emotionally to cute animals. Dog videos are also very popular with a "talking" dog clip being viewed the most on YouTube, last year.
MSN reports that fans who are obsessed with cute, cat videos will join hundreds outside the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The festival is completely free of charge and cats are welcome.
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