Sunday Catinee: Catdance Festival Critic’s Picks

The official Sparkle the Designer Cat Critic's Choice graphic

Did you know that my human went to film school, and that for a couple of years before she became a rock journalist in the 1980s she was an assistant editor on several feature films? So I allowed her to help me pick these favorites from Fresh Step’s Catdance Film Festival entries. I judged them on the inherent felinity of the entries while my human scrutinized the photography, editing, pacing and other film-type things. There were 17 short films that were finalists, and you will be able to vote on the top five for the winner of the $10,000 Viewer’s Choice prize.

Interestingly, one of our three picks was not one of those five, and it is really our favorite, mainly because it made both me and my human laugh so much… plus it is proof that cats should be CEOs, not personal assistants. I present to you, Hector Cat Assistant:

If you can’t see the above video, click here to watch it on YouTube!

A Cat’s Guide To Caring For A Human gets four paws up from me for its feline-centric perspective and two thumbs up from my human for sticking so closely to its retro, mid-last century educational film model.

If you can’t see the above video, click here to watch it on YouTube!

Here is a combination of home video, stills and animation that documents the life of the filmmaker’s beloved cat. You may want to have a box of tissues handy as you follow Dear Rocky on his 17-year-long journey.

If you can’t see the above video, click here to watch it on YouTube!

To vote for A Cat’s Guide To Caring For A Human, Dear Rocky, or one of the other three nominees for the $10,000 Viewer’s Choice prize, click here. Voting is open until February 28, and you can vote every day!

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  1. says

    All those are great videos. Guess there are ways to pick the best one. But thanks for showing us those. The one about Rocky was sad and we liked the Hector one. Good stuff. Take care.

  2. says

    We were so sad when we had watched about Rocky but it was wonderful that he had had such a happy life. The others were good but it was Rocky who made Mum cry when he died.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. says

    Loved Hector, not so much the “caring for humans” one – is it my monitor or was that video too dark? and of course the last one – too sweet…

  4. says

    We’ve watched all the finalists…there’s one called Catalogue we think is pretty funny. We also like the other ones you featured! We didn’t enter this one. Waffles Too doesn’t have his SAG card yet.
    : ) Katie

  5. Carol says

    Wonderful films. I think I will have to vote for Rocky; I grew up in Ann Arbor. My dad and my daughter are there and I have been to the Farmer’s Market, so it is extra special to me. What a sweet story of love.

  6. BrucesMom says

    We are from Michigan. Mom lost a beautiful black Maine Coon at the age of 17 from cancer, too. We all agreed that we wanted to vote for Rocky.

  7. says

    I really liked Catalogue, the one with the cat that came with the bed, but unfortunately, you have to be on FB in order to vote, or leave a comment. Just how unfair is that! I hate things that require FB. Do they get some kind of kick back or something?

    Sorry, just ranting . . . grrr :)

  8. says

    The Human and I are not in a happy enough mental space to watch Rocky right now (and thanks for the warning!) but we LOVED the Michelin-Yelapa one for the same reasons you describe. I think it’s too bad Hector didn’t make the finals! It was hilarious–we loved the coffee scene 😉

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