The Java Cats Cafe opened in the Atlanta, Georgia in March of 2017. Becoming Atlanta's first cat cafe. Working with PAWS Atlanta, Java Cats has helped over 200 kitties find new homes!

To celebrate its one year anniversary, Java Cat's will be hosting a film festival on Saturday May 20th, 2018 of cat themed short films and of cat home videos.

Cat-tastic short film submissions can be no longer than 5 minutes and must have something to do with cats. This can be conveyed through a character, prop, wardrobe choice, or by including a cat in the film. These should be narrative pieces, not "cat videos".

You've Got To Be Kitten Me! submissions should be home videos no more than 5 minutes long . These SHOULD be "cat videos". Send us videos of your cats chasing the dot from a laser pen or of them fascinated by a water faucet! This category has no submission fee to enter.

Cat-tastic Short Film Audience Award Winner will receive:
- A special cat themed art piece.
- $150 cash prize sponsored by Park Place Pet Supply.
-Exploding Kittens and Imploding Kittens expansion pack.
(Winner will be selected by audience vote)

Cat-tastic Short Film Contest Winner will receive:
- A special cat themed art piece.
- $500 cash prize Sponsored by Camp Kitty.
(Winner will be selected by festival judges)

The Funniest "You've Got To Be Kitten Me!" Cat Video Winner will receive:
- A special cat themed art piece.
- Two, Java Cats Cafe Lounge Passes (Good for ONE YEAR of free visits to the cat lounge).
- Exploding Kittens and Imploding Kittens Expansion Pack.
(Winner will be selected by audience vote)

1. The Java Cats Film Festival welcomes short films (of any genre) and cat home videos up to 5 minutes long. Films must have been completed after January 2017.

2. A film/video can only be submitted to ONE category (it is unnecessary to submit one film into multiple categories). A filmmaker may submit multiple films, but is responsible for submitting each individually and paying appropriate submission fees for each film.

3. Entrants must submit their short film(s) via FilmFreeway's online screening system. DVD copies will not be accepted.

4. Officially selected films will be notified on or before April 6, 2018.

5. All officially selected films must submit at least 1 high-resolution still for use in festival publications.

6. All submission fees must be paid in US funds. All submissions are final, no refunds will be issued.

7. By submitting to the Java Cats Film Festival, submitter gives permission to the festival to allow the film to be shown to attending press, at festival parties and at other festival related events.

The individual or corporation (entrant) submitting the film to the Java Cats 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 Java Cats 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 Java Cats 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.

Overall Rating
  • Annika Leisure

    Great job! Especially for a first annual film festival. There were some minor issues with the space and tech... but I ultimately couldn't rate the festival down for those things. I mean... it's a good problem to have that the room is packed because so many people showed up! As a film-maker my experience with communication and networking was excellent. Not to mention all of this is for a great cause near and dear to my heart. Attending is a must for any true cat lover. I had a great time and look forward to next year.

    May 2018
  • Andrea Holton

    A great fund raising event with awesome communications.

    May 2018
  • Joe Naylor

    You'll enjoy this festival if you're looking for a fun and interesting take on the film festival experience- especially if you're a cat-lover! Also great to see how the Java Cats Cafe gives back to the community. So check out this fest if you want to be reminded, films are fun, and pet some cats while you're at it.

    May 2018
  • Anca Vlasan

    The film festival was great! So many people came out, it was packed. The venue was a nice spot and the event was really fun. I met cool filmmakers from out of state. Overall, it was awesome!

    May 2018