Cats: they’re fluffy, they sit in boxes, and if you’re on the World Wide Web, you’ve probably seen at least a billion by now. Statistically speaking, a large portion of the Internet’s time and energy is, in fact, put into talking about, photographing, illustrating, and filming our feline friends. A simple Google search for "Cat Video" garners about 832 billion results in .34 seconds, and if you're anything like us, chances are you'd recognize quite a few right off the bat.
We're not alone, either. Since 2012, the judges for the 2014 Golden Kitty International Cat Video Festival (it's exactly what it sounds like) have been judging cat videos just like you, in an attempt to declare the best of Internet feline footage. Hosted by the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the festival includes an actual, physical screening of the year’s top picks in the adjacent park via giant outdoor projection. Watching cat videos outdoors with other people? It sounds too good to be true, but it isn't. Voting is open through July 18th, and the winner will be announced at the festival on Thursday, August 14th.
As strange as it may sound, the festival has been wildly successful, and has already toured beyond Minnesota. This year's event is hosted by Will Braden, the man who won last year’s competition with the delightfully catty Henri 2, Paw de Deux—the story of a pensive, existential intellectual who just happens to have four paws and whiskers.
So why do we like cat videos so much? Is it because we see ourselves in every disgruntled, lazy, playful, joyous, or adorable cat we look at? Or simply because they're cute, in a tiny-alien-robot-cute sort of way? We couldn't tell you. The cat video that takes home first prize award at this year's 2014 Golden Kitty International Cat Video Festival, though? Jedi Kittens Strike Back? An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0? Or Milo Wanted Attention? You decide.
Check out the nominees below, and vote for your favorite cat video on the Walker Art Museum’s website, or by tweeting your selection with the hashtag #GoldenKittyAward:8 Signs of Addiction by Sho Ko An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0 – The Sequel by klusmanp Gotcha! (Попался!) by ignoramusky Jedi Kittens Strike Back by FinalCutKing Milo Wanted Attention by jahzyoga