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60 Things I Learned At The 2013 Internet Cat Video Film Festival

Are cat videos art?

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Developed with the self-professed goal of taking the online experience offline and sharing the best of the genre in a non-ironic, social setting, the festival and its curators seek to address one burning question: are cat videos art?

Sourced from a wide array of countries — Russia, Austrlalia, Japan, and all over the United States — the videos were grouped in "Cat-egories": Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animated, Musical, Documentary, and Cat-On-A-Stick, which honors locally produced clips.

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Watch a time-lapse video of the sculpting process!

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Their initial encounter, the day before the festival, as told with a Vine.

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15. This is Scott Stulen, the festival's curator. He's a cool cat, as comfortable on-stage as he is off.

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His blueprint for the event — "a sincere, un-ironic celebration of cat videos", staged within the context of major art museum, and treated with care, respect, and a modest dollop of intellectual rigor — was executed with aplomb and he, and his team, should be commended for their hard work, creative vision, and attention to detail.

Read an interview with Scott about how the festival came into focus here. Follow him on Twitter at @middlewest.

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26. The co-host of the festival, comedian Julie Klausner, is the Stanley Kubrick of cat videos. She came to the festival armed with a new short, which you can watch below!

Follow her on Twitter at @julieklausner.

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A concentration of the celebricats and their owners. Too much talent for one picture. MIND = BLOWN!

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From left to right: TJ Wingard ("An Engineer's Guide To Cats"), Kady Lone and Pudge the Cat, Paul Kausman ("An Engineer's Guide To Cats"), the Bundesons (Grumpy Cat), Ben Lashes, Chris Torres (Nyan Cat), Mike Bridavsky and Lil Bub, Will Braden (Henri, le Chat Noir), and members of the Schmidt family. Their father, Charlie, the creator of Keyboard Cat, is pictured in the center of the bottom row.

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49. You think feline flicks are easy? At the "Life As A Cat Video Creator" panel, Will Braden explained that he shoots up to 3 hours of footage per video, only to edit the best bits back into a 2 or 3 minute treatment.

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52. This is what 180,000,000 views on YouTube (give or take a few) looks like.

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From left to right: Bryan Bundeson (Grumpy Cat), Chris Torres (Nyan Cat), Will Braden (Henri), and Charlie Schmidt (Keyboard Cat).

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Here's a closer look at the silver statuettes, which acknowledge entry into the festival's Hall of Fame. Inducted this year: Kittens Inspired By Kittens, Maru, Lil Bub, Boots And Cats, Nyan Cat, and Henri, Paw de Deux.