MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Event organizers say the cats have purred and the people have spoken. On Thursday, the public will know who the king of all cat videos is.

“We basically just asked for nominations for people to send in their favorite cat video,” said Katie Hill, one of the organizers. “We got about 10,000 submissions.”

The Internet Cat Video Festival is sponsored by the Walker Art Center’s Open Field. Open Field is a space outside the center designed to explore what happens when people get together to share and exchange skills and interests.

The top cat videos were placed online in early August and then voted on. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will strut away Thursday night with a Golden Kitty.

Hill says the reason they choose to do cat video festival is because it’s one of the most shared entities on the Internet.

“We decided it was worth pursuing because so many people love cat videos,” Hill said. “We wanted to see if they would come offline and enjoy them together.”

On Thursday, Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade, a local group will take the stage at 7 p.m. Then at 8:30 p.m., the festival kicks off with one hour of uninterrupted feline fun.

The event is free and the videos have been divided into the following categories: Comedy, drama, foreign, animated, musical, documentary, art house and honorable mention.

The winning video will also be featured at the end of the season finale of My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet on Sept. 8.

You can see the top videos right here.


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