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Dallas VideoFest presents CatFest at 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. CatFest will feature a selection of feline videos from some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s biggest cat lovers. 
The evening’s screening will feature cat videos in the categories of comedy, drama, animated, musical, action, vintage and documentary. There will be plenty of frisky felines, cuddly kittens and terrific tabbies. It's CatFest's second year.
DVF requests cat owners send in their celebri-cat videos for consideration. There can be other animals in the video; however, each video should be cat-centric. Winners will receive prizes. The deadline for videos is Aug. 1. Send videos to
Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest is a cat-person himself. His four cats: Bitzer, CC Rocket, Ali and Trouble (aka Bubble), allow Bart and his wife, Susan, and their pit bull, Petey to live with them.
“Some people claim most of the traffic on the internet is cat videos, which is both amazing and wonderful,” Weiss said. “There is something special about viewing our wise four-legged friends that delights and distracts from all the noise around us.”
For the second year, proceeds from CatFest will benefit Operation Kindness. Founded in 1976, Carrollton-based Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas; its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. Operation Kindness was able to save the lives and find forever homes for 4,566 animals in 2016.

Thursday, Aug. 24
Doors: 6 p.m.
Show: 7 p.m.
All ages are welcome.
Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Call for video entries:
A general Call for Entries with the cat videos included
Videos should be 30 seconds to three minutes in length. Make sure no cats are harmed in the video.
Legal language regarding the submission:
By submitting a video, the filmmakers grant permission to the rights of any images of the footage submitted to be use for promotional events without payment or any other consideration.  The filmmakers understand that the submitted video may be copied, exhibited, or published on social media, and expressly waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product shown on the social media on which it may appear. Additionally, the filmmakers waive any right to royalties or other forms of compensation arising from or related to the use of the video in this manner. The filmmakers also understand that this material may be used in diverse educational settings within an unrestricted geographic area. 
Photo contest:
Post a photo of your cat to the Dallas VideoFest Facebook page ( and use the hashtag #DallasCatFest.