Reward Status and Festival Updates!
It's been a really busy past month and we apologize for not sending out an update for quite a while. We have been extremely busy coordinating the rewards fulfillment and organizing festival screenings. We have a whole bunch of updates so without further adieu here is our update!
Kick-Heart Masked Ball
May 27th, 2013 (Japan Premiere)
Our first premiere was in Japan, home of the Kick-Heart team. It was a really fun event with live-painting and music from Oorutaichi! You can see more photos on our G+ page here.
Shorts Short Festival Tokyo
June 2nd, 2013
Shortly after our premiere, we were invited to show at the Shorts Short Film Festival in Tokyo!
Annecy 2013 World Premiere
June 12th, 2013 (World Premiere)
We spent a week at the Annecy Film Festival with Kick-Heart in Official Competition. This is one of the highest honors within the global animation community. We had a great time and the response was very positive. We met some of our friends and backers who helped us along the way. All in all, it was a very inspiring festival.
(Can you spot Yuasa-san and Eunyoung-san in the photo below?)
Yuasa-san was also invited to a breakfast interview the following day after our screening. Here is a video from the meeting.
Paris Premiere at Le Grand Rex
June 17th, 2013 (Paris Premiere)
We had a sold out showing at Le Grand Rex-- one of Paris' classic movie theatres. We also showed the Making of Kick-Heart and the first episode of Tatami Galaxy with a Q&A with the staff of Kick-heart. We would like to give a special thanks to Olivier at Wakanim.tv for donating his time to making this event happen.
Melbourne International Animation Festival
June 20th, 2013 7PM (Australian Premiere)
At the last second we managed to sneak Kick-Heart into the opening night gala of the Melbourne International Animation Festival!
Anime Expo 2013
July 5th, 2013, 1:45pm (North American Premiere)
We will have a special Kick-Heart panel including Masaaki Yuasa and Eunyoung Choi. The staff will be on hand to explain the process of making Kick-Heart.
For more info:
Academy Qualifying Screening
Fri-Sun, Jul. 12-14, 2013 West Los Angeles, CA
On the weekend of July 12th, we will be showing Kick-Heart in Los Angeles to qualify our film for Oscar consideration. Please check theater website for times. Did you know that Cartoon Brew currently has us #4 on the Oscar Watch list?
Japan Cuts 2013
July 20th, 2013 1:00pm (New York Premiere)
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Animation Block Party
July 28th, 2013 2:00pm Brooklyn, New York
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Stay tuned for more upcoming festival announcements!
Rewards Update - "Where is my reward!?"
Understandably many backers have asked us, "Where is my reward!?" We apologize for the delay and wanted to give you the latest update on what is happening there:
- We have delivered the final shipping invoice to Right Stuf, this means they can start packaging the rewards
- All of the rewards (with the exceptions of the Masks, due to arrive this week) are at the shipping facility
- We are very close to starting replication of the Bluray, DVD, and CDs. Probably within the next day or two.
- We will begin sending out some of the digital rewards within the next 2 weeks (digital artwork, OST, Making of video etc).
- Our current target date to begin shipping July 15th, 2013. This will include the digital version of Kick-heart! International shipping will take a little more time due to some of the complexity of customs paperwork.
- We will send out a notification to our backers once we have shipped the rewards.
"What happened? I thought you were going to ship in April?"
Well, we did our best to guess when we could deliver the rewards to the backers and we came up short. One thing that we found really hard to predict was the impact that festivals and the regulations had on the process. On this journey we have found that world of the Internet and the traditional film festival circuit are not completely compatible just yet. This process has been a learning experience to say the least. For example, our most recent delay is due to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences qualification process. We need to qualify it first before we can ship the film to the public.
Another added complexity is the sheer amount of work that goes into organizing thousands of rewards to dozens countries around the world. This is something that is really hard to completely understand as a Kickstarter creator until you actually get to the point of shipping the rewards.
The good news is that after the 15th, we will have finished all premieres and regulation requirements! We want Kick-heart to be as successful as possible, and we feel that the festival circuit is one of the best ways to help Yuasa-san's work become recognized globally. So far, it seems to be working. We recently got press in one of France's top entertainment publications:
Anyhow, we are really close to shipping the rewards. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we learn from this experience.