feline film festival

Feline Film Festival at Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Brooklyn Cat Cafe and Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (BBAWC) are excited to announce our second annual Feline Film Festival!

BBAWC and Brooklyn Cat Cafe have worked to rescue and adopt over 1000 cats from the cafe since opening in May of 2016. As Brooklyn's first Cat Cafe and the only cat cafe run and operated by a non-profit in New York City, we are proud of the outreach and education we provide to animal lovers and those interested in helping animals in our community. We know that a film festival celebrating cats, animal rescue and the impact each of these topics has will be amazing.

"When looking back to the earliest days of cinema, it wasn't much of a surprise to learn that cats have been popping up and used quite regularly (and consistently) throughout film history. It's interesting to see how filmmakers have (at times) struggled with and creatively innovated ways to capture and portray cats in their films."* Who knew cat videos started back in 1894 by Thomas Edison? Help us celebrate the wide range of portrayals of cats in film with all activities raising money to help Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition (BBAWC) and the Brooklyn Cat Cafe's animal rescue efforts. The festival will kick off with an award gala on March 25th, Films will be screened March 26-29th.


Important Dates:

All proceeds will help support animal rescue.

Enter your submission at Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/FelineFilmFestival

Short Film Submissions:

All submissions must relate to cats or cat rescue. They should be no longer than 20 minutes. These should be narrative pieces, not just videos of cats. Documentaries, parodies, comedies, film noir, drama or horror - we welcome them all. Show us how integral cats are to the stories we tell in film. As cats speak a universal language, films are welcome in all languages, but please submit them with english subtitles if they are not in English.

Cat Video Submissions:

A cat film festival wouldn't be complete without videos of cats being cats. All submissions in this category should be under five (5) minutes. No cats (or humans or other animals) should be harmed or treated cruelly in any of the submissions. Any submissions that indicate abuse of any kind will be submitted to the appropriate authority.

Winning clips will be screened on during our Feline Film Festival, March 25th-29th in Brooklyn, NY. Prizes will be announced and awarded at a reception at Brooklyn Cat Cafe, Wednesday March 25th. Winners and honorable mentions will be screened in a theater Friday and Saturday March 27th & 28th.

Awards & Prizes

All submitted videos will be juried, then the selected films and videos will be screened at the event. The judging panel will award some great prizes, which will be announced at a later date, to the top clip of the evening, and award various prizes to second and third place clips in each category.

Film Artists of official selections will receive two invitations to the Wednesday night reception and two tickets to the screening block in which their film will be presented. Additional festival tickets can also be purchased in advance.

More information on prizes will be announced shortly.
The judging panel will be announced shortly.

Rules & Terms

Those interested in participating must submit clips that meet the following criteria:


The individual or corporation (entrant) submitting the film to the Feline Film Festival hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening. Please ensure if you are submitting a film that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, that you have obtained festival clearance for that material used. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Feline Film Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to submitted material. The burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or any other proprietary rights rests with the entrant. The entrant shall bear the sole liability for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. If your work is accepted into the Feline Film Festival you agree to allow us to use all or a portion of your film (including images, sound and clips) within our promotions and screenings; and you allow us to provide your film to media in promotion of your film and the festival. We may, at our discretion, transfer all or a portion of your submitted work to a compilation for festival screening which may be used for festival promotional purposes. You have read and agree to our general rules and terms and conditions. You agree that failure to adhere to any of the general rules or terms and conditions may result in disqualification for which no refund for entry fee(s) is due.

Festival Organizers: Anto Parodi, Jenna Ruzga & and Nicole Lyons