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In a Heartbeat Short Film

The Internet Is Collectively Melting After Watching This Emotional Short Film

Break out the tissues, because this new animated short film will have you feeling all the feelings (yes, all of them). In a Heartbeat follows a young, closeted boy as he struggles to keep his crush on another classmate a secret. This becomes rather difficult when the boy's heart literally leaps out of his chest to chase after the guy of his dreams. Not only is the film being praised for its beautiful illustrations and animation, but also its powerful message about the LGBTQ+ community: the heart wants what it wants.

With so few representations of LGBTQ+ relationships in animation, people are raving about the movie's refreshing take on love. The film, which was originally produced by animators Beth David and Esteban Bravo for their senior thesis at Ringling College of Art and Design, has already received mass acclaim, including being officially selected for the 2017 Animation Shorts Film Festival and the 2017 LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival.

In the past 24 hours since being released on YouTube, the film has been viewed over 3 million times. It's clear that fans are in love, and the thousands of reactions on Twitter say it all:

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