On Saturday, Jan. 23, “New Girl” actress and cat lover Hannah Simone will host the fourth annual Catdance Film Festival presented by new Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ in Park City. Shelter kittens will take center stage – from the red carpet to the films. Fresh Step presents Catdance as part of its Million Meow Mission, campaign to help shelter cats find forever homes.
The Catdance film winner will receive a $25,000 “kitty” (cash prize) and Golden Litter Scoop.
Guests will don cat ears and virtual reality goggles to experience for the first time ever what it’s like to be a cat being adopted, from the tearful moment they’re overlooked to joyful union with its new family. If the world could see how much adoption means from a cat’s point of view, shelters would be empty.
The Catdance Film Festival celebrates the best cat in cinema in Park City and features the best in original, scripted, cat-inspired shorts.
In its third year, the Catdance Film Festival* was presented by Fresh Step® litter and hosted by actress and animal activist Nikki Reed, returned to famed Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival at the heart of the independent film scene on Jan. 24 and presented its golden litter scoop to the best original feline short film titled CATastrophe by Alana Grelyak.
Catdance is sponsored by Fresh Step as part of its Million Meow Mission, a campaign to help shelters and rescues find more forever homes for cats. For the first time, feline film fans mingled with adoptable kittens on the red carpet. Six featured films starring shelter cats will debut at the festival along with a custom 14-karat gold and diamond cat dome ring worn by Reed.
The feline bling went to auction beginning Jan. 24 via FreshStep.com and 80 percent of the auction price will benefit the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).
Cat Videos have appeared at the Film Festival of them all: The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Catdance
The five finalists appearing in Catdance films were chosen from submissions by cat lovers across the country and told amusing feline-centered tales.
Finalists include:a story of an aging Internet cat who can’t cope with the loss of fame and “A Cat’s Guide to Caring for a Human.” There is also “Catalogue,” where a couple orders a bedspread from a catalog and is surprised to see that the cat shown in the photo was shipped with the comforter. “Rocky” tells a personal, heartwarming story of a man’s 17-year relationship with his cat. In “A Change of Heart,” a photo of a cat on a cell phone saves a failing relationship.
Each of the five finalists was awarded a golden cat-litter scoop.
Fans can watch the feline films beginning Sunday and vote for their favorite until Feb. 28. The winning filmmaker will collect $10,000. Also available are limited-edition knit hats with cat ears, with all proceeds benefiting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.