ANN ARBOR, MI – If you’re looking for a perfect way to purr for an afternoon, CatVideoFest is coming to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, starting Sunday.
CatVideoFest, which premiered in 2012, is a compilation of cat videos released to raise funds for animal shelters in the United States and Canada. Locally, it will benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley and the Tiny Lions Cat Café, which will get 10 percent of ticket sales.
While some of the videos are fun short clips – similar to what the YouTube algorithm might pull from the depths of the internet – the show also includes documentaries, short films and animated pieces, all about cats.
“As long as there is a cat or feline theme, I will consider it,” said Will Braden, festival director.
Braden, who is responsible for content, said he watches between 10,000 and 12,000 cat videos each year. Editing the video takes about two months, but the curation lasts all year.
“It’s not a bad job, but it’s a tough job,” Braden said.
Insightful eyes will also spot Braden’s cat, Nin, in this year’s compilation, perched on baby supplies.
The Tiny Lions Cat Café is a favorite stopover for Braden on the festival tour.
“It’s the perfect culmination of what we love to do,” he said, adding that coffee was “one of the coolest things in the country”.
CatVideoFest is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25 and 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 at the Michigan Theater. The show also includes a pre-show screening of the Michigan Theater Foundation’s original, “Ann Arbor Creature Feature.”
Tickets cost $ 10.50, with discounts available for students, seniors, veterans, and members of the Michigan Theater Foundation.
Find more information or book your tickets online here.
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