NY Cat Film Festival Makes Felines Stars of the Silver Screen

From ancient Egypt to the age of internet memes, cats have been a source of inspiration to humankind. Now, you’ll get to appreciate them on the big screen with a first-ever NY Cat Film Festival!


Yes, you’ve read that right. Cats are taking over the movie industry, too! On December 9, at The School for Visual Arts Theatre, crazy cat people will get the opportunity to see 13 short films that feature felines in all their glory. Celebrating the bond between cats and their humans, this festival aims to shine a light at beautiful feline personalities and their fascinating lives.


The NY Cat Film Festival is split into two different programs, and the duration of each is just over an hour. The person behind this pawesome project is Tracie Hotchner, an acclaimed pet wellness advocate, writer, and founder of the Radio Pet Lady Network. She personally chose each of the short films that are to be featured, and, let me tell you, they do call for some tissues. Even though Hotchner made sure that all the stories have a happy ending and that are suitable for all age groups, you’ll still feel all the feels watching these feline-inspired short films.


Not unlike the NY Dog Film Festival, that’s been successfully running for three years now, the kitty-themed counterpart will do some good deeds, too. Apart from treating you to an afternoon filled with purrfect films, NY Cat Film Festival donates the part of the ticket proceeds to a non-profit animal organization. In this case, a percentage of the $15 ticket goes to NYC Feral Cat Initiative, which is dedicated to helping stray and feral cats.


If you’re wondering what kind of program to expect, you’ll be happy to know that there will be a little something for everyone. Food-for-thought films include “Jetty Cats”, which follows cats throughout human history and raises questions about best practices for community cats today, as well as the “Guardians of Recoleta”, which examines the case of Buenos Aires strays removed from the community by well-meaning American rescuers. You’ll definitely get teary-eyed with uplifting and emotional films “Rescue”, “Akamatsu the Cat”, and “Scaredy Cat”, and laugh out loud with quirky documentaries and mockumentaries such as “Portrait of a Cat Fighter” and “Gus the Cat”. And that’s only the half of it!


In case you’re in New York during December, don’t miss out on this felinetastic event. To get your tickets and find out more about this fantastic project, visit the NY Cat Film Festival’s website. And don’t forget to watch the trailer for the event below:

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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