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

Academy Award-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’ 2D/3D animated quick, The Flying Sailor, has been awarded The Quick Movie Jury Award: Animation on the 2023 Sundance Movie Pageant, 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 couple of seconds in a person’s life as he sails by way of the air, going through impending doom.

In making the award, the jury acknowledged: This lovely portrait of each an on the spot 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 Pageant, the movie has garnered greater than 20 pageant picks and received six awards (now seven!), together with the CFI Award for Greatest Canadian Animation from the Ottawa Worldwide Animation Pageant, Greatest Animation from the New York Metropolis Quick Movie Pageant and the Viewers Award on the Sao Paulo Worldwide Quick Movie Pageant in Brazil. It was additionally named Official Choice on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant, the American Movie Institute’s AFI Fest, the London Worldwide Animation Pageant, and the New Chitose Airport Worldwide Animation Pageant 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 introduced by The New Yorker and the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada and is at present streaming in The New Yorker’s screening room.

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is information editor at Animation World Community.