Lil Bub & Friendz is a 2013 documentary directed by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner. It stars "perma-kitten" Lil Bub and her owner Mike Bridavsky and looks at cats on the Internet, Internet memes and viral videos. Lil Bub & Friendz premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 and won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.
The film follows Lil Bub and Bridavsky as they visit other "cat-lebrities" and go to the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis,Minnesota. The film has appearances of Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat and Grumpy Cat and an interview with their meme manager Ben Lashes.
Eisner's original pitch was a video short about "crazy cat people" at the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Eisner contacted Lil Bub and Bridavsky because Vice worked with them on an earlier video. Capper and Eisner knew that Lil Bub would be the star as soon as they met her. They decided to make a full-length film after seeing the turnout of 10,000 people at the festival in Minneapolis including travelers from New York, China and Seattle. Filming took five months.
During filming Lil Bub had a serious health episode but recovered. Bridavsky called it "a very scary week" and Capper said "this is going to be the most depressing cat movie ever."
Vice created three movie posters including a parody of Jaws with Lil Bub looking up at a swimming woman and a shot from her photoshoot with Bullett Magazine. Complex ran "Lil BUB Week" leading up to the premiere.