‘The Flying Sailor’ Wins Sundance 2023 Animated Brief Movie Prize

Academy Award-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’ 2D/3D animated brief, The Flying Sailor, has been awarded The Brief Movie Jury Award: Animation on the 2023 Sundance Movie Competition, which returned in particular person this yr to Park Metropolis, Utah.

The movie attracts inspiration from the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the biggest non-nuclear explosion in historical past, and the story of 1 man who was hurled two kilometers by the blast and lived to inform the story. Tilby and Forbis convey time to a standstill, depicting a number of seconds in a person’s life as he sails by the air, going through impending doom.

In making the award, the jury said: This lovely portrait of each an prompt and a life lifted us out of our seats and took us on an emotional, revolutionary, and explosive journey.

Learn Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby Mark a Triumphant Return with ‘The Flying Sailor’

Since its world premiere on the 2022 Annecy Worldwide Animation Movie Competition, the movie has garnered greater than 20 pageant picks and gained six awards (now seven!), together with the CFI Award for Finest Canadian Animation from the Ottawa Worldwide Animation Competition, Finest Animation from the New York Metropolis Brief Movie Competition and the Viewers Award on the Sao Paulo Worldwide Brief Movie Competition in Brazil. It was additionally named Official Choice on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition, the American Movie Institute’s AFI Fest, the London Worldwide Animation Competition, and the New Chitose Airport Worldwide Animation Competition in Japan, amongst others.

Written, directed, and animated by Forbis and Tilby, and produced and govt produced by David Christensen (NFB), The Flying Sailor is offered by The New Yorker and the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada and is presently streaming in The New Yorker’s screening room.

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is information editor at Animation World Community.