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2022 Cat Video Fest

& Exclusive Bonus Program

Friday Aug 5, 7 pm – Sat Aug 6, 4 pm – Sun Aug 7, 4 pm

Adults, $8 adv, $12 door.   Youth <14, $5 adv, $8 door.

A portion of the proceeds will go to
the Save The Animals Foundation.

The Cat Video Fest presents a positive, humorous image of cats, capturing their endearing and sometimes goofy behavior and their relationships with each other, their humans and other animals.  Created by Will Braden of Seattle, the annual Fest compilation is a fun communal experience that includes the latest and best cat videos culled from unique submissions and sourced Internet animations and music videos.

an exclusive short video program, created by Cincinnati World Cinema with rarely seen, very funny cat videos from the CWC Vault !!

Save The Animals Foundation

We are delighted to work with STAF to help foster public awareness about the needs of cats and dogs in our community. Members of this all volunteer non-profit will be present at the screenings to talk about what they do and answer questions.
Since 1988, STAF has been making a difference in the lives of Cincinnati-area animals – and in the lives of humans who care about them. Run by volunteers and funded entirely by donations, STAF is a no-kill shelter for abandoned cats and dogs, operating two shifts daily, providing excellent attention and care for their furry population.
Volunteers are committed to giving every cat a lifetime of care and love, working with younger cats and kittens, and more mature and lap snuggling cats. In addition to individual attention, STAF provides all animals with a healthy diet and regular visits by dedicated vets.
Learn about rescues, adoptions, volunteering, support and more:
STAF.ORG/   513.561.7823
4011 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, 45227

Enter a photo or short video of your cat.  Email your photo or video link to CWC, along with your full name, phone number and cat’s name. We may post your entry on our website or social media, but will not post your personal contact information. There will be one grand prize (four tickets) and five second prizes (two tickets), good for a CWC film event.  Entries will be judged by Smudge, our grand marshal, with help from CWC staff. One entry per person, deadline is end-of-day August 2.

Meet Smudge, our honorary Grand Marshal !!


NOTE:  Current  Covid-19 protocols for CWC films at the Garfield Theatre:
♦ Proof of vaccination not required for MONDAY – SATURDAY screenings.
♦ Proof of vaccination required for SUNDAY screenings.

While not mandatory, masks are welcome and encouraged in the Garfield.


“CAT VIDEO FEST” + CWC Cat Shorts from the Vault
Video Compilation, 2022, + short bonus program, TRT approx. 90 min, Rated G – family friendly.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required for admission, Monday – Saturday.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for admission, Sundays.
Masking is recommended but not required.

Friday August 5, 7:00
Saturday August 6, 4:00
Sunday, August 7, 4:00

Adult Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door.
Kids <14 Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.
Tickets available online via the Tix Button (top of this webpage), and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

  • June 2022 UPDATE:
    ♦ Effective June 24, we have amended the proof of Covid-19 vaccination requirement for CWC films at the Garfield Theatre:
    ♦ Proof of vaccination is not equired for WEEKDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY screenings.
    ♦ Proof of vaccination will be required for SUNDAY screenings.

    Masks are welcome throughout the Garfield but not mandatory.

Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.


Watching cat videos may actually be good for you.
“After watching these videos, people tend to feel better,” says Jessica Myrick, who teaches in the media school at Indiana University. She recently published a paper on cat videos and their effects. “They tend to feel more content, more energized. And they felt less anxiety, and other negative emotions were dampened. It definitely isn’t a waste of time. It has psychological consequences.” Also, “Watching silly cat videos is good for you.” – The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 4, 2016

When we watch cat videos, we’re really looking for moments that remind us of ourselves.
Videos of cats sleeping and eating rarely go viral. “A vast majority of a cat’s life is not this,” says Museum of the Moving Image curator Jason Eppink. “What ends of up bubbling to the top are the specific moments that I think we see ourselves in instead.” Eppink says it’s that dichotomy that makes cats fascinating. “One moment they are just like us, another moment they are aliens.”

Many of the people checking out Internet cat videos do not consider themselves cat people.
But people and cats have something in common – curiosity. Eppink says that people are curious about the crazy things cats do and curious about why people find these videos so interesting.


It couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

For CWC patrons, the Butcher and Barrel offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS REQUESTED: 513-954-8974 or

SAFETY PROTOCOLS, from Butcher & Barrel management:
“ALL GUESTS are required to wear face masks when they arrive, and while in any common spaces. In compliance with the most recent government guidelines, we cannot allow guests to wait for a table in common areas and reservations are accepted for groups of UP TO 10 guests ONLY.”

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