20. November 2022 Johannes Wolters

Täglich einen Kurzen: A Seaman’s Life Flashes Before His Eyes | The Flying Sailor | The New Yorker Screening Room | National Filmboard of Canada

In a short film by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, two ships collide in a harbor, sending a passing sailor skyward as he contemplates the wonder and fragility of existence.

The award-winning animated short film The Flying Sailor is available on The New Yorker’s digital channels today, November 18, as part of the magazine’s award-winning Screening Room series. A National Film Board of Canada (NFB) production, the film is the latest work by the Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning duo of Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. Inspired by the incredible true-life story of a man blown two kilometres through the air by the 1917 Halifax Explosion—the largest accidental non-nuclear explosion in history—The Flying Sailor is an exhilarating meditation on the wonder and fragility of being.

Forbis and Tilby are Calgary-based animators who have shared Best Animated Short Film Academy Award nominations for When the Day Breaks (1999) and Wild Life (2011), with Tilby also nominated individually for Strings (1991). The NFB has a long and distinguished history at the Oscars, with NFB productions and co-productions garnering more Academy Award nominations than any other film organization based outside of Hollywood.

The Flying Sailor debuts on The New Yorker’s digital channels after a world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, a North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and a U.S. festival premiere at the New York City Short Film Festival, where it received the award for Best Animation.

Watch The Flying Sailor now for free


With more than 20 festival selections to date, The Flying Sailor has already won six awards:

  • Best Narrative Film, Countryside Animafest Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Audience Award for being one of the 10 favourite foreign films, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil
  • Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Canada
  • Best Animated Short, Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
  • Silver Award for Best Canadian Short Film, Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Canada
  • Best Animation, New York City Short Film Festival, United States

A Film By
Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby

Original Music & Sound Design
Luigi Allemano

3D Modeling & Animation
William J Dyer

Additional 2D Animation
Anna Bron

Compositing Artist
Nicolas Mermet

Additional Effects
Jon Jon Atienza
Zane Kozak  

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Alain Ostiguy

Foley Artist
Andy Malcolm

Foley Mix & Editing
Chelsea Body

Foley recorded at Footsteps Post-Production Sound Inc.

Music Recording & Mix
Geoffrey Mitchell

Assisted by
Bernard Belley

Final Mix
Jean Paul Vialard

John Sadowy

Lizann Gervais
Dominic Guilbault
Chantal Bergeron
Madeleine Messier
Annie Guenette
Chloé Chabanole

Elvira Misbakhova
Madeleine Messier
Bojana Milinov

Sheila Hannigan
Alain Aubut
Carla Antoun

Adrian Vedady

Flute and Piccolo
Jeffrey Stonehouse

Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Lori Freedman

French Horns
Louis-Philippe Marsolais
Alice Lane Lépine

Trombone, Euphonium, and Ukulele
Luigi Allemano

Technical Coordinators
Luc Binette
Albert Kurian

Digital Imaging Consultant
Eloi Champagne

Production Coordinator
Jessica Smith

Production Supervisor
Esther Viragh

Bree Beach
Devon Supeene

Studio Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

Marketing Manager
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Marketing Coordinator
Jolène Lessard

Nadine Viau
Katja De Bock

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Producer & Executive Producer
David Christensen

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