Viral Cat Videos To Hit The Big Screen At Walnut Creek Festival

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Cat Video (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cat Video (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

(CBS SF) – A flurry of whiskers, paws and furry faces will fill screens at Walnut Creek’s Heather Farms Park this weekend during the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Hundreds are expected to attend the festival on Saturday, which will feature a 75-minute film created by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The film consists of a compilation of top-rated online cat videos from around the world, festival organizer Ann Fox said.

There will be also be musicians, local artists’ feline-inspired creations, and cat-themed children’s games. Food will be available from the Diablo Valley College Culinary School and area wineries, and Pyramid Ale House will pour wine and beer.

All proceeds from the festival will go to Walnut Creek-based Community Concern for Cats, an all-volunteer non-profit group that spays and neuters feral cats and finds them homes, Fox said.

“They’ve reduced the number of homeless kittens born in Contra Costa County by the thousands,” she said.

Fox said she was inspired to organize the festival after hearing about the success of the Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis last summer. The festival drew an estimated 10,000 people.

The feline film phenomenon also hit the Bay Area on May 11, when the Walker Art Center’s movie was screened by the Oakland Museum of California.

Saturday’s festival will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Heather Farms Park at 301 N. San Carlos Drive, with the film showing around sunset.

Admission is $10.

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