The Flying Sailor

Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby
2022 | 7 min
The NFB’s 77th Oscar®-nominated film.

Two ships collide in a harbour, an explosion shatters a city, and a sailor is blasted skyward. With ears ringing, blood pulsing and guts heaving, he soars high above the mayhem and towards the great unknown. A bold blend of comedy, suspense and philosophy, The Flying Sailor is an exhilarating contemplation of the wonder and fragility of existence.

Awards and distinctions

  • Short Film Jury Award
    Sundance Film Festival (HYBRID), Park City
  • Experimental
    Animation Festival, Los Angeles
  • Best Character-based
    Animation Festival, Los Angeles
  • Audience Award Honourable Mention for Top Canadian Short Film
    GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation, Calgary
  • Best Canadian Short Film – Silver Award
    Toronto After Dark, Toronto
  • Best Animation
    New York City Short Film Festival (ONLINE), New York
  • Best Animated Short
    International Film Festival, Calgary
  • Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation
    International Animation Festival, Ottawa
  • Audience Award for being one of the 10 favorites foreign films
    International Short Film Festival (HYBRID), Sao Paulo
  • Best Narrative Film
    Countryside Animafest Cyprus, Salamiou
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