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Two paws up: First-ever Winnipeg International Cat Film Festival sold out

A sweet cat is pictured at the Cleocatra Café on Portage Avenue. The business is the focus of a documentary being screened at the Winnipeg International Cat Film Festival. (Stray to Stay Films/YouTube) A sweet cat is pictured at the Cleocatra Café on Portage Avenue. The business is the focus of a documentary being screened at the Winnipeg International Cat Film Festival. (Stray to Stay Films/YouTube)
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Cat-tastic, feline flicks are set to be celebrated at the first ever Winnipeg International Cat Film Festival.

The event runs June 25 at The Park Theatre, with proceeds going to the Cats Advocacy Team of Manitoba Inc.

"It's literally a celebration of cats, cat culture and people who love cats," said Chris Guenther, the team's executive director.

"What doesn't sound nice about gathering with a bunch of fellow cat lovers and experiencing the weird, wonderful creatures that they are?"

Nearly a week from the inaugural event and tickets are already sold out.

A still from the short film "In The House of Paper Flowers". It is among the lineup at the inaugural Winnipeg International Cat Film Festival. (Yucca Valley Film Festival/YouTube)

The festival features 14 feline-themed, short films submitted by filmmakers from around the globe, including Hungary, Iran and Canada.

There will also be a screening of a Winnipeg cat café documentary directed by local filmmaker Francine Louis Dulay.

“The films we have selected for the film festival really work together to capture the full range of emotions and experiences that come along with having a cat in your life,” said Cats Advocacy of Manitoba board chair Amanda Heslop.

Attendees will get to vote on their favourite film of the night, while enjoying popcorn, snacks and cat merchandise.

The meow-mentous event is already sold out. More information on the festival can be found on the festival's website.

Two of the feline stars of "Mikey Hammer" are shown in a still from the short film. (Purradise Ranch/Vimeo)

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