ONF – “THE FLYING SAILOR”, by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis now broadcast on the New Yorker digital channels – CTVM.info

The award-winning animated short The Flying Sailor, directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis for the NFB, now streaming on New Yorker digital channels

The award-winning animated short The Flying Sailor (English version only) is presented from November 18 on the digital channels from New Yorker as part of the magazine’s award-winning Screening Room series. This production of theNational Film Board of Canada marks the return of the duo formed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, nominated for the Oscars and winner of a Palme d’or. Based on the incredible but true story of a man who was blown two kilometers through the air in the 1917 explosion in Halifax—the largest accidental non-nuclear explosion in history— The Flying Sailor offers a stimulating reflection on the mysteries and fragility of existence.

Calgary hosts Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby co-directed When the Day Breaks (1999) and A wild life (2011), two works that earned them Oscar nominations for Best Animated Short. Wendy Tilby also had this honor for Strings (1991), which she directed as an individual. The NFB has long distinguished itself at the Oscars: with its productions and co-productions, it has garnered more nominations than any other organization outside the Hollywood studios.

The Flying Sailor is broadcast on the digital channels of the New Yorker after having its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the New York Short Film Festival, where it was awarded the Prize for Best Animation.

The film is the latest NFB animated short to appear in the prestigious series of New Yorker. Last year is the famous opus of Joanna Quinn and Les Mills Affairs of the Art (art in the blood), co-produced in 2021 by Beryl Productions International and the NFB, which was entitled to this honor. The award-winning Screening Room series from New Yorker brings together works of fiction that make us laugh, cry and challenge our perception of the mundane and the extraordinary.

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Prizes awarded

So far selected more than 20 times in festivals, The Flying Sailor has already won 6 awards:

  • Best Narrative Film, Countryside Animafest Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Audience Award (among 10 foreign films), São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil
  • Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animated Film, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
  • Best Animated Short, Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
  • Silver Award for Best Canadian Short Film, Toronto After Dark Film Festival
  • Best Animation, New York Short Film Festival

More information on The Flying Sailor (7 min 45 sec)

  • Using a range of techniques (3D, 2D, live images, photographs), the directors dare to mix genres, uniting comedy, suspense, philosophy and the experimental approach.
  • David Christensen produced and executive produced the film for the NFB’s North West Studio in Edmonton, Alberta.

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ONF – “THE FLYING SAILOR”, by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis now broadcast on the New Yorker digital channels – CTVM.info