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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Video animated short: "Wild Life" directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis

Video "Wild Life" directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, is a short animated film which tells the story of a dapper young remittance man, sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

Awards and Nominations: Academy Award nomination USA, Best Canadian Film of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Best Canadian Film of the Halifax Film Festival, Special Jury Prize of the Open Cinema Festival at St. Petersburg Russia, First Prize of the L'Alternativa at Barcelona Spain, Best Animation of the Yorkton Film Festival at Saskatchewan Canada, Canadian Genie Nomination.

About the Directors and their website:
Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis met at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver where they studied film, video and animation. They each went on to create their own works with the National Film Board of Canada before co-directing "When the Day Breaks".

Tilby taught animation at Harvard and Concordia University, and from 2007 - 2009 was external examiner for animation at the Royal College of Art in London.

Forbis led many animation workshops for kids, and from 1987 - 1993 was an instructor at the Arts Umbrella Children’s Art Centre in Vancouver.