Attack of the Cat Videos: Feline fans converge in St. Paul for popular festival

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People have gathered by the thousands in St. Paul Wednesday night to enjoy something they typically do alone at home... and in front of a computer screen.

It's the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival, held this year at CHS Field in the Lowertown area.

The fest has been a hit since the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis first put it on four years ago, with the Star Tribune reporting that some 11,000 people attended last year. The festival is a sellout this year.

The celebration of online cat culture – which also offers face-painting, art and other "cat-themed activities" – has earned attention from media and feline fans around the world, the paper says.

As the Walker explains it, the 2015 event features about 100 cat videos which tap into a broad spectrum of emotion, with categories including comedy, drama and even documentary.

At the end of the night, the winning video – as decided by the audience – will receive the festival's "Golden Kitty" award, the Walker notes.

It's an honor that was bestowed upon the infamous "Grumpy Cat," whose real name is Tardar Sauce, in 2013, according to Time magazine

Will this year's festival find the next Grumpy Cat? We'll find out who cat video-lovers picked as the winner at the end of the night.

Didn't make it? You can view the nominees here, and enjoy one of the contestants below:

https://youtu.be/OFt4kk1x8Vs

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