Feline film festivals are on the way

Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Cat videos have taken the internet by storm in recent years, with thousands of cats rising to global fame thanks to YouTube and other video-streaming websites.

Among the leading lights in the feline film world are Maru the Japanese moggie with an obsession for cardboard boxes, an unnamed ‘ninja cat’ whose stalking antics have racked up millions of hits, and ‘Old Long Johnson’, the strangely eerie talking cat.

Film festivals are ten a penny these days, which is why it comes as no surprise that the world’s first event showcasing cat videos has taken place in the US.

Catdance was launched to coincide with the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month, with a $10,000 (£6,385) prize up for grabs for the most popular cat-based film, which was voted for by fans.

Owners hoping to turn their cat into a movie star are advised to bear in mind that pets should never be forced into on-screen situations that they are not completely comfortable with.