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Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’ Award-Winning ‘The Flying Sailor’ Now Streaming

Inspired by the true-life story of a man who survived being blown two kilometers through the air by the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the new animated short is now streaming free on ‘The New Yorker’ Screening Room’s digital channel.

The award-winning animated short film The Flying Sailor is now available on “The New Yorker’s” digital channels 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 Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, inspired by the incredible true-life story of a man blown two kilometers through the air by the 1917 Halifax Explosion—the largest accidental non-nuclear explosion in history.

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). Tilby also received a nomination individually for Strings (1991).

The film premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, with 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.

The film is the latest NFB animated short published as part of “The New Yorker’s” award-winning Screening Room series, following last year’s Affairs of the Art by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills.

Watch The Flying Sailor trailer, then see the film for free here.

Source: National Film Board of Canada

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.