Arts and Culture
2:13 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

I Can Has Award? Alamo Drafthouse Founder Judging Cat Video Contest

Tim League is a pretty big deal in the movie business. He’s founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – which in turn led to distribution arm Drafthouse Films. He also founded Rolling Roadshow and Fantastic Fest. But Tim League could soon be best known for his role as a judge in an internet cat video contest.

That’s right, internet cat videos. If you're one of the few humans left on earth unfamiliar with the concept, you can head over to a little website called YouTube and type in “cat.” You’ll get funny cats, funny cats in water, how to wrap a cat for Christmas and about 1.8 million others. Internet cat videos are big.

Just last month, Minneapolis hosted the first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival. The idea was attributed to the Walker Art Museum’s “cat-lady-in-residence” but went on to draw an estimated 10,000 attendees. Internet cat videos are truly big time.

That brings us to League’s judging role in the first ever internet cat video awards, aptly named, “The Friskies.” And there’s still time to enter – the deadline is Oct. 12. So if you think your feline is an undiscovered star, get to filming.

The grand prize? $15,000 and, of course, internet cat video legend status.

Besides prize money and fame, there are charity donations at stake. Friskies is donating cat food for every contest entry, vote, like and share – up to a total of 250,000 cans. Meow.