The Somerville Arts Council, following in the footsteps of other highly-successful cat-centric events across the country, is hosting the “Copy Cat Festival” on February 16, which will feature furry critters on four legs in not only cat videos produced both locally and globally, “but also cat stories, cat limericks and a slideshow of local cats.”
Locals can claw their way into the contest by submitting a formal application, which is provided on the Art Council’s website.
Somerville Officials began promoting the cat-tastic event by sending out notifications via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon from the city’s official account.
According to the Somerville Art Council’s website, Jef Czekaj, a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, will kick off the “Copy Cat Festival” by reading his book “Cat Secrets,” for cat-crazy kids.
“There will also be a cat costume table and most likely an appearance from a famous local cat,” according to the site. “Don’t miss this chance to launch your cat’s cinematic career.”
Awards will be given the day of the event for (and it really says this on the flier) different “CAT-egories,” including, but not limited to, cutest and weirdest cat videos and submissions.
If filming your pet isn’t something you wish to partake in, take a picture or write a poem instead.
The deadline for all submissions is Friday, February 1.
“We will notify all applicants of submission status by February 8. A panel of cat curators will review all submissions and pick the best,” according to the Arts Council website.
Gatherings where cat-crazy people cluster together to watch videos of felines aren’t new to the area, however.
In October, UMass Boston hosted “The Internet Cat Video Festival ,” which featured hours of footage of kittens doing things kittens do best—being extremely adorable.
“After the success of the event at [Walker Art Center], we were interested in how the program would travel and translate to other communities,” said event co-creator Scott Stulen, who worked with students to bring the festival to Boston, at the time of the cat-video-viewing.
Clearly, it’s not just Somerville trying to cash in on the cat crop.
Here’s to hoping the most infamous cat in Boston history makes its way to the stage and gets the accolades it deserves—we are looking at you Stroller Cat. Get ready to strut your furry stuff.