Cat lovers can soon step out of the shadow of their canine counterparts at the Cat Film Festival, which also helps raise money for the Nebraska Humane Society.
The festival, a two-hour compilation of short films, will stop in the Omaha area on Aug. 12 at Alamo Drafthouse in La Vista.
“Cat lovers are unseen by the outside world. Their relationship is very private with their cats,” said Tracie Hotchner, founder and director of the film festival. “A chance to celebrate that together and declare their love for cats is a rare experience.”
The films celebrate the bond between people and their pets. Some films are happy and funny, while others are thought-provoking or inspirational, Hotchner said.
The festival gives back to a local animal shelter at every showing. At the local screening, 10% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Nebraska Humane Society, Hotchner said.
Many of the Humane Society’s events are dog-friendly. The Cat Film Festival offers a way for cat lovers to celebrate their pets on the big screen, said Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese.
Sign up for the Go newsletter
This complete guide of local music, movies, dining and entertainment will have you weekend ready.
“Whether dogs or cats, it’s a great way for people to enjoy themselves, help us out and get a little wider view of pets and animals in our world and in our community,” Wiese said.
The program is designed for adults, but would be appropriate for school-age children, Hotchner said. The films do not contain physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals.
“People get the experience of falling in love with cats all over again with a like-minded community,” Hotchner said. “It’s a shared experience.”
Not a cat person? The Dog Film Festival, with the same concept as the feline version, is set for Aug. 27 at Alamo Drafthouse.
Tickets for the festivals cost $12 each and are on sale meow at drafthouse.com.
1 of 18
After tragedy, Watson the dog — the 2017 World-Herald Pet of the Year — helps inspire and heal others. Read more
A Nebraska trooper helped rescue a kitten on Interstate 80 that was thrown out of moving vehicle. Read more
This teammate loves to cuddle: Remington the support dog helps North Carolina baseball players stay loose and confident. Read more
Nebraska Humane Society officials helped rescue a kitten whose paws were frozen to a storm drain. Read more
A Nebraska trooper received a surprise when a man — and man's best friend — were in a motorcycle trailer. Read more
Omaha Children's Hospital welcomed a second facility dog to help "spread the love a little bit." Read more
An Omaha resident found a slithering surprise in his yard: a 5-foot-long ball python. Read more
A stray python surprised a Papillion resident after slithering into an apartment. Read more
Tye the Omaha Police dog, along with his "Deadbeat Brothers," were named the 2018 World-Herald Pets of the Year. Read more
A wildlife expert rescued six baby squirrels in Elkhorn whose tails were knotted together. Read more
A runner pet 200 dogs for charity while tackling the Lincoln half-marathon. Read more
A dog, found in Council Bluffs, was reunited with her family two years after going missing. Read more
A woman rushed to the rescue of trapped animals in Hamburg, Iowa, during the 2019 floods. Read more
A kennel owner saved all the dogs in his care during the 2019 floods. "I give them my word that these dogs are going to be safe," he said. Read more
A baby wallaby found a home at an animal-assisted therapy farm in north Omaha. Read more
A snake was to blame for a widespread power outages in the Millard area. Read more
After a hunting expedition gone awry, a pair of great horned owls found themselves in a tight spot. The duo was found tangled in a soccer net at Hitchcock Park. Read more
Bellevue police helped rescue a raccoon that found itself in a tight spot. The critter was found with its head stuck in a plastic jar. Read more