CatVideoFest is a thing and it's coming to Detroit — we're not even kitten

Staff Pick


  • Shutterstock
Where were you when “Charlie Schmidt's Keyboard Cat” went viral? The 2007 video ripped from 1984 VHS footage of Fatso the cat (R.I.P.) took the internet by storm, and it was then that “Cat” became an unofficial genre. Celebrating that very genre is the CatVideoFest, which is exactly what it sounds like. Eighty minutes of curated cat video gold, the CatVideoFest not only donates proceeds to animal welfare organizations but also in-purr-trates packed theatres across the country with classic clips, new releases, and exclusive snippets. From Grumpy Cat and Lil BUB to cats many misadventures with kids and felines’ well-documented affection for knocking inanimate objects to the ground, the verdict’s in: cats rule, dogs drool.

CatVideoFest screenings begin at 12:30, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 and 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Detroit Film Theatre; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit;; 313-833-7900; Tickets are $7.50-$9.50.

Get our top picks for the best events in Detroit every Thursday morning. Sign up for our events newsletter.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.