Magazine article Screen International

Herding Cats in Glasgow

Magazine article Screen International

Herding Cats in Glasgow

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The famed Internet Cat Video festival makes its UK debut, and the crowd purrs with approval.Internet Cat Video Festival Glasgow

Did I feel a twinge of guilt passing over the Powell and Pressburger restoration to watch a cat push pens off a desk? Yes, yes I did. But it was the first time that the famed Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Festival was making an appearance in the UK, and I wasn't going to miss it.

So, along with several hundred other cat fanciers, I found myself at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) for the debut Internet Cat Video Festival - presented as part of this year's Glasgow Film Festival. A grand 18th century hall hosting images of cats sparring with iguanas? Why not!

The screening itself was about 70 minutes long, lifted straight from the Walker programme, with anything from Vines of cats jumping in the air to music videos starring cats, sweet animated shorts, a feline Psycho homage, vintage cat clips from the archives, and the latest Henri le Chat Noir short.

It was one of the happiest screening experiences I've encountered - ages three to 70 seemed to be highly entertained, laughing frequently - the Internet clips that provide quick work distractions were indeed better experienced with a live audience. …

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