On Friday, In a Heartbeat was featured alongside a selection of incredible films by our peers, and we are very proud and humbled to have received the Gold Award from the Best of Ringling show!
Steve Hickner, a director from DreamWorks Animation and juror of the show, wrote:
“In a Heartbeat is such a self-assured treasure of a movie that it is hard to believe that the film has been fashioned by a couple of student filmmakers (Beth David and Esteban Bravo). From its opening frame to its closing, the film is an absolute delight to behold. The character design is terrific and is keenly suited for the pitch-perfect style of animation the the directors have chosen. When I watched the film for a second time - it’s that good - I marveled at how every choice the moviemakers made seemed right, and they were always adept at directing the audience’s eye to just the right place.
I consider myself lucky to be the first to bestow a prize to In a Heartbeat because I have no doubt that this award will be only the first of many this bullseye-of-a-film is likely to receive. One of my favorite directors, Frank Capra, once said: “Only the valiant can create, only the daring should make films, and only the morally courageous are worthy of speaking to their fellow man for two hours (or four minutes) and in the dark.” With your brilliant and timely film, Beth and Esteban, you have succeeded on all counts.”
We are so grateful to receive this award and we want to thank all of our friends and family who continue to support us through this journey!