Mexican Animation Student finds viral acclaim with LGBT short “In a Heartbeat”

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Photo Credit: Beth David and Esteban Bravo

In a Heartbeat garnered viral acclaim since its upload on Monday, July 31st. Since Wednesday, August 2nd, it already recorded over 7.5 million views on YouTube. This heartwarming film centers on a young boy’s inner-conflict, choosing between his heart and his fear of being outed.

Entertainment Weekly touched on the film’s importance to diversity, “the film does much for inclusion, an area where major studios, and particularly animated films, often fall short. Its inclusivity and sweet tone instantly resonated with viewers…” The online response to the film was particularly noteworthy, as many viewers linked the film to their own experiences.

Esteban Bravo, Mexican student filmmaker, co-directed and co-wrote the viral hit “In a Heartbeat” with colleague Beth David. The two senior Computer Animation students from Ringling College of Art and Design worked over a year and a half on the project and funded their thesis film project by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

“In a Heartbeat”is not yet finished with its success, as it will be showcased in various film festivals and it has already won several awards. We are excited to see the film and its filmmakers’ future accomplishments.

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