Contact: Peter Osborne, [email protected] or 513-639-7455

BETHESDA, Md.—The Internet Cat Video Festival, curated and produced by the Walker Art Center, delights thousands of fans each year as it screens in dozens of locations throughout the world. Now, for the first time ever, Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, is bringing the wildly popular festival to the Washington, D.C. area on Thursday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 15 in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

“More than 37 million households have at least one cat, and many of us love watching online videos about them doing amazing things” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “The festival is a great opportunity to not only celebrate America’s favorite companion animal, but also Alley Cat Allies’ 25 years of saving the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide.”

The festival, which takes place at the the historic AFI Theatre and Cultural Center, will feature 75 minutes of an exclusive reel of the Internet’s best cat videos compiled by Will Braden, famed creator of the Henri, Le Chat Noir films and the curator of the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival. Braden will host a Q&A session courtesy of the festival’s media sponsor, Animal Planet, following Thursday’s show.

Doors will open early prior to each showing, giving festival attendees the opportunity to visit Alley Cat Allies information tables, learn more about local cat adoption groups, and meet and pose for a pic with the Alley Cat Allies’ mascot, Frank the Feral.

The festival will include two special showings. The Thursday, Nov. 12 show will have doors opening at 6:00 p.m. with the film screening beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 for general admissions, $7 for children and $10 for seniors, military and students. The Sunday, Nov. 15 show will kickoff at 10:30 a.m. with family-friendly activites followed by the film screening from 11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. The special $5 ticket price for the Sunday show makes it a fun, affordable event for the whole family to enjoy. This festival will support Alley Cat Allies’ 25-year legacy of saving cats’ lives.

For more information about the festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.alleycat.org/catvidfest.

WHAT Internet Cat Video Festival
WHERE: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Doors open at 6 p.m.; Film screening begins at 7 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; Film screening from 11 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
COST: Ticket prices range from $5–$12. To purchase tickets online, visit www.alleycat.org/catvidfest.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org, and Alley Cat Allies is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.