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The Flying Sailor

Le matelot volant
Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis
2022 | 7 min 45 s
2D and 3D animation

Awards and Festivals

  • Academy Award® nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, U.S.A. (2023)

  • Nominee for Best Short Subject50th Annual Annie Awards, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (2023)

  • The Short Film Jury Award: AnimationSundance Film Festival, Park City, USA (2023)

  • Best Character-based AwardLos Angeles Animation Festival, USA (2022)

  • Experimental AwardLos Angeles Animation Festival, USA (2022)

  • Best Animation New York City Short Film Festival, USA (2022)

  • Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian AnimationOIAF - Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Best Animated Short CIFF - Calgary International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Best Canadian Short Film – Silver AwardToronto After Dark, Canada (2022)

  • Best Narrative FilmCountryside Animafest Cyprus, Salamiou, Cyprus (2022)

  • Audience Award for being one of the 10 favorites foreign films International Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2022)

  • Audience Award: Top Canadian Short Film - Honourable MentionGIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation, Calgary, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionCanada’s Top Ten, Toronto, Canada (2022)

  • Official Selection Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France (2022)

  • Official Selection TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionAFI - American Film Institute International Film Festival, USA (2022)

More Selections and Awards


Teaser text

Long Synopsis

Q&A with Wendy and Amanda

Meet the Makers




Main character: The sailor

Two boats colliding

Explosion in the harbour

The flying sailor

The sailor as a baby (a childhood memory)

The sailor getting punched in the face (an adult memory)
Carlyle Routh in the TIFF x BVLGARI Portrait Studio, courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival (2022)
Photo: Carlyle Routh in the TIFF x BVLGARI Portrait Studio, courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival (2022)

Shot by Carlyle Routh in the TIFF x BVLGARI Portrait Studio, courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival (2022)


Wendy Tilby
Writer, Director and Animator

Photo : Tilby/Forbis

Amanda Forbis
Writer, Director and Animator

Photo : Tilby/Forbis

David Christensen
Producer/Executive Producer (NFB)

Photo : NFB


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

A National Film Board of Canada production


Media Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

  • About the NFB

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