Feline finery was in full swing in Park City, Utah on January 24 for the furriest celebration of independent film. Now in its third year, the Catdance Film Festival*, presented by Fresh Step® litter, rolled out the red carpet with an evening of feline-themed films and “meow-valous” festivities, complete with an adorable kitty red carpet – all for a good cause.
The annual festival, hosted this year by actress and animal activist Nikki Reed, premiered six original short films starring shelter cats, highlighting the fun and quirky nature of cats while supporting Fresh Step in its Million Meow Mission campaign to help shelters and rescues find more permanent homes for cats.
The Twilight star presented the golden prize, the coveted 2015 Golden Litter Scoop and a $10,000 “kitty”, to grand prize winner Alana Grelyak, who wrote “French CATastrophe.” The two-time Catdance finalist from Chicago took home the prize in her third year for her story about a man who signs up for Frenchat.com to improve his language skills, only to find that his foreign exchange teacher, Guy LaFurrr, is much shorter and furrier than expected.
The films weren’t the only thing to make their debut at the event. A custom 14-karat gold and diamond cat dome ring worn by Reed also made an appearance. The feline bling is now on auction, with 80 percent of the auction price going to benefit the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). Visit www.freshstep.com for more information on the ring being auctioned off, or to check out all of the winning cat films screened at the festival.
*Fresh Step litter is hosting the screening and using the Catdance Film Festival name with permission, but is not an official sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival.