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On Film: The Flying Sailor


Calgary-based animators and film-making duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis continue to find great success with their third animated short film, The Flying Sailor.

This NFB-produced feature is based on a true story of a 1917 ship collision that resulted in a massive explosion, which sent a nearby sailor flying over two kilometres. The Flying Sailor, as the duo puts it, is the story of that sailor’s journey through the sky before landing (relatively) unharmed uphill. The film has screened at film festivals across Canada and has earned numerous awards, such as Best Narrative Film and Best Canadian Animation. Most recently, The Flying Sailor has been announced as a feature in the Short Film category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

On Tuesday’s Traffic Jams, film creators Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis join Lisa Wilton to discuss the incredible success of The Flying Sailor.

The Flying Sailor, Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby, provided by the National Film Board of Canada