Tuesday, October 23, 2012
2012 has been a breakout year for online cat videos. 10,000 strong showed up to Walker Art Center's first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival back in August, and Friskies cat food followed suit with their own Oscars-level search for the best online cat video of the year. Now, Fresh Step Cat Litter, purveyors of those coveted Paw Points, is raising the bar yet again, by launching a competition featuring art-house worthy original, scripted shorts that could take you all the way to the bastion of indie cinema, The Sundance Film Festival (well, kinda).
Five finalists will have to pack their most stylish snowbunny gear when they win a trip to see their film screened at The Catdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 19. After the screening, fans will have a chance to vote on their favorite original cat short and the viewer's choice winner will receive a $10,000 prize.
The Trials and Tribulations of Patrick Chesterfield II
To help get your creative juices flowing, the cat litter brand has commissioned their own original videos, including "The Trials and Tribulations of Patrick Chesterfield II." In it, a fluffy tuxedo cat with a British accent bemoans his life in captivity, in a clip that borrows heavily from the oeuvre of Henri, Le Chat Noir.
A Cat In Love
Elsewhere, "A Cat in Love" tells the tale of a San Francisco feline who uses the Internet to maintain a long-distance relationship with his Japanese girlfriend, Momoko. Tissue box alert: this one just *might* bring a tear to your eye!
To submit your own video for the chance to win the trip and cash, visit the Catdance Film Festival site for more information.