Cat Video Film Fest Is Back at Cleveland Cinemas — Virtually

Fri 7/3

Good news for you cat lovers going stir crazy in your house. If you’ve seen all your own cats’ bag of tricks over and over, it’s time to see some new ones. Yes, the Cat Video Film Festival is back.

This version — the Quarantine Cat Video Film Festival — is available online so you and you cats can watch the 70-minute compilation together, put together from more than a thousand international submissions filmed during the quarantine. Imagine being the people who sifted through them. Is there such a thing as feline overload?

 “The response has been better than we could have ever hoped and we have so much great content to work with,” says director Brian Mendelssohn. “It’s going to be a really fun feature with hilarious and adventurous cats and, of course, some adorable kittens too.”

Mendelssohn owns the 84-seat Row House Cinema in Pittsburgh, which created and is distributing the film. He said he was inspired by doing what many of us are doing while staying in: watching our cats play. He created the QVCFF to help out other independent theaters who lost revenue while closed. So far, almost 100 have signed on, including theaters in Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Honk Kong, Brazil, Canada, England and Russia. Cat appeal is international! Half the $12 ticket price goes back to the local theater.

In Cleveland, that’s Cleveland Cinemas where it has its virtual premiere Friday July 3, just the thing to brighten your holiday weekend and lure the cats from under the sofa where they’ve been hiding from fireworks.

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