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A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good. Now available for sale or rental within the United States and Canada on Vimeo.
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Kick-Heart wins Best Animated Short Award at Fantasia 2013

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We have some really great news to share with everybody. Today, the Fantasia Film Festival Jury announced that Kick-Heart has won the Best Animated Short Film Award.

Here is what the jury had to say regarding their selection:

The animation jury is pleased to award the Best Animated Short to KICK-HEART by Masaaki Yuasa. KICK-HEART stood out for its overall originality, unique sense of timing, and its engrossing and vibrant style of motion and visuals.

Thanks again to all of the backers who helped bring this film to the screen!

Quick Rewards update

Also, we will ship out all of the remaining rewards by tomorrow! Thanks again to RightStuf for helping us out. We could not have done this without their help.

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    1. Creator Jieyi Yang on August 10, 2013

      Fantastic! Congratulations~~~~

    2. Creator a2ps on August 9, 2013


    3. Creator Clovis L. Dye, Jr. on August 9, 2013

      Congratulations on your second award, you've definitely deserved it!

    4. Creator Vince Vazquez on August 9, 2013

      Oh, and also, I got my poster yesterday... which was an awesome surprise because I never even paid attention to the added reward tiers :D The whole, "People who selected reward prior to upgrade will automatically be upgraded" thing totally flew over my head -- I was happy just to get access to the movie! You guys are AWESOME!

      Any time you need some $$$ for a cool, fresh project and come to Kickstarter, you can count on me to pledge! Production IG ROCKS.

    5. Creator Vince Vazquez on August 9, 2013

      Congrats, guys! Kick Heart is awesome, weird, wonderful and fun - totally deserves some award love :D

    6. Creator Tieg Zaharia on August 9, 2013


    7. Creator phreakar on August 9, 2013

      Grats!!! :D

    8. Creator Chris Pham on August 8, 2013

      Congratulations! Yaaaaaaay. We really loved kick-heart, and we want more! You guys deserve every award you get :) :) <3

    9. Creator Romanticide on August 8, 2013

      Congratulatioooooonnns!! :D :D Hope this opens you the door for even more wonderful and winning proyects :D :D

    10. Creator Kevin Lembcke on August 8, 2013

      Huge congratulations to Yuasa and everyone who worked on the short! I loved it myself and was glad to be able to provide some small means to enable such outstanding creativity.

    11. Creator Dylan-Christopher on August 8, 2013

      Congratulations! This is everything we could have hoped for. For a Japanese animated film to surpass goals in funding through crowd sourcing and even win awards is something that leaves a big impression. With this kind of success I hope this paves a way for Japanese animators to have a financially viable option for creating what they want to create as works of art and not just as money making products.

    12. Creator alexandre on August 8, 2013


    13. Creator frederic tarabout on August 8, 2013

      Congratulations guys!
      Also I received my poster today, and its glorious. :)