The Quarantine Cat Film Festival brings together the cat videos from more than 1,200 submissions filmed during the COVID-19 Quarantines.
To create the virtual festival, Row House Cinema in Pittsburgh joined with Independent art house movie theaters throughout the country about a month after the closing of movie theaters because of COVID. Row House turned to cats, to both engage with their audiences and help bring in needed revenue by asking everyone who was home quarantined with their cats to film them doing amazing things and send in the videos. In turn, the idea was to create revenue to help theaters reopen after quarantine.
A skilled team of editors produced a full-length film of the submissions from the four entry categories: Cutest, Funniest, Bravest, and Most Loving.
Ticket purchase will help support independent cinemas across the country. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through participating independent cinema’s Virtual Cinema link. When purchased via a specific theater, that theater will get 50% of ticket sale(s). Or, at that same link, those interested in purchasing a ticket, can also scroll to the bottom of the page at the Virtual Cinema Link and directly purchase a ticket (with proceeds supporting independent theater).
Those who would like to have their local theater participate, can find out in the Frequently Asked Questions Section on the Row House website: https://rowhouse.online/#1591768531296-39421807-864e
Quarantine Cat Film Festival is Row House Cinema’s first foray into filmmaking and national distribution. Row House Cinema is an 84-seat single-screen theater in a historic row house in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Its mission is “to show awesome movies and to help build a stronger film community in Pittsburgh through our unique programming.”
Row House opened in June of 2014 and has shown hundreds of “new, old, popular, weird, amazing, and obscure movies” since then. The theater temporarily closed on March 18, 2020 because of the COVID crisis.
If you’d like a sneak peek at this movie created to help indie movie theaters, here’s a trailer for the virtual Quarantine Cat Film Festival, which makes us want to grab our cats and some treats for them and popcorn for us.