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Wendy Tilby wins at Cannes!

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' short film, WHEN THE DAY BREAKS (TheNational Film Board of Canada), won the Palme d'Or at the recentlyconcluded 52nd Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France. Ittook four years for Forbis and Tilby to finish the softly colored,wordless, but musical, story of a pig whose world shifts after a caraccident kills a stranger (a chicken) on her block. Forbis and Tilby beganthe production of "When the Day Breaks" by shooting High-8 video of theaction using real people. Forbis put on a cardboard chicken beak, and Tilbyshot it! Then the footage was divided into individual frames andphotocopied. The two filmmakers penciled and colored each image, turningpeople into pigs and chickens. The only other animated film in this year'sshort film competition, which groups animated and live-action filmstogether, was Don Hertzfeld's comedy "Billy's Balloon."