First Posted: 8/17/2013
They’re the cat’s meow.
Ann Marie Stelma Graff never imagined her cats’ hijinks could make them stars, but after being chosen as semi-finalist for “The Friskies,” a major award show for best new internet cat video of the year, stardom might just be in their reach.
Ann Marie’s video of Binx and Bella, playing around in her bed was selected out of thousands of video submissions making it to the semi-finalist level of the contest.
She entered the contest through a Facebook page.
For getting this far in the contest Ann Marie will receive a year’s worth of free cat food, which she said will come in real handy with four rescue pets in the house.
Binx, Bella along with their fellow cat Baby, were rescued by Ann Marie and her husband David and share their house with Cody, a black lab, the couple also rescued. She says the four animals are best friends, especially Bella and Cody.
While Ann Marie does not like to post on Facebook, she has entered hundreds of contests through pet oriented pages on the social media site.
“I find my cats fascinating ” says Ann Marie.
She often videos them as they are playing, she just never thought “The Friskies” would feel the same way. “I find it amazing that the judges find my cats to be hysterical too”.
The next step is to narrow the 20 semi-finalists down to 12 finalist through on line voting.
The voting is now open at www.TheFriskies.com and will continue until the award show on October 15.
The top four Category winners and one Fan Favorite winner will be awarded $25,000 in total cash prizes and gold-plated Catuette trophies at “The Friskies” Award Show in New York City.
The show will be hosted by comedian and cat owner Michael Ian Black, and broadcast online at www.TheFriskies.com.
The award show is coincidently the same time as Ann Marie and David’s 5th wedding anniversary, so a trip to New York will be a perfect way to celebrate.
Check out Binx and Bella’s video online and make sure you vote to get them to the finals in New York City.