Today is February 28th, which marks the end of the Freshstep Catdance Film Festival, of which our movie “Catalogue” has taken part for the last six weeks. I’d like to take a moment on closing day to reflect on and share with you the things that I’ve learned from this contest.
For those of you that don’t know, the contest chose five finalists to compete for the most popular film, judged by audience vote. The grand prize is $10,000. My mom wanted to use that money to further her career (she needs some new things to update her composition software) and my dad wanted to use his share to fund more films. That’s his passion. It’s where I get my own love of acting from. Another important thing they wanted to do with that money was to give a percentage to pay for some kitties like me to be able to afford the medical care and surgeries they needed to prepare them for adoption.
At this time, it’s pretty safe to say that unless the voter gods intervene in a major way, Catalogue is not going to be the grand prize winner. And, when it became clear that the votes just weren’t catching up halfway through the contest, my FODs wanted to make something out of the experience anyway and they kept saying out loud “but how can we help the kitties?” so I convinced them to use Catalogue’s popularity to help me start this blog. So, even if they don’t get the money, they are still able to help special needs kitties in a slightly different way. And that’s a major win.
Another thing is that we feel really quite successful. Our film, out of the five, had the most views, coming in at nearly 450,000. We were featured on Good Morning America, and my mom got to do an interview with WGN’s Steve Dale. We got lots and lots of great comments and positive reviews. And we’d like to thank each and every one of you all for taking the time to cast more than 15,000 votes for us! We know that you all took time out of your busy schedules to do that, and we are forever grateful. The support that we’ve received from our friends during this time has been really touching, and we can rest assured that we did this the right way, with no vote sharing, no vote buying, and 100% by hard work. And being that we got roughly eight times the views of the leading video, we are pleased to know that our work touched so many. And, in the end, that’s really what a writer, a musician, a filmmaker, and actors really want: to share their work with the world. Therefore, we feel like we are the grand prize winners all around, even if we didn’t get the prize they advertised.
So, for the last time, I ask you to Vote for Catalogue. And then, after today, I hope you keep coming back to hear what I have to say and learn all about the awesome kitties in this world that you might never have known existed.
SIDE NOTE: Also, congrats to my friends Sniffie and Nimbus! They had their Rainbow Bridge wedding day and it was such a lot of work! My nudist photo even made it into the slide show. Leave them a note so they know how much you liked it!