When the Day Breaks

When the Day Breaks is a Canadian animated short co-directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.[1]

When the Day Breaks
Directed byWendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis
Produced byDavid Verrall & Barrie Angus McLean
Music byJudith Gruber-Stitzwer
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 1999, the 9 min. 40 sec. film garnered numerous awards, including the Genie Award for Best Animated Short, the Short Film Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, TIFF – Best Canadian Short, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival – Animated Short, Grand Prix for short film at Animafest Zagreb and the Banff Television Festival, Best Animation Program.[2][3] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, losing to another animated short produced in Montreal: Aleksandr Petrov's Old Man and the Sea.[4]

To create the film, directors used pencil and paint on photocopies to achieve a textured look suggestive of a lithograph or a flickering newsreel.[5]


  1. ^ Animated Short Winner: 2000 Oscars
  2. ^ "When the Day Breaks". Awards list. National Film Board of Canada. 1999. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  3. ^ Punter, Jennie (Summer 1999). "Wendy Tilby's When the Day Breaks wins at Cannes". Take One. Toronto: Wyndham Wise.
  4. ^ Hays, Matthew (March 23, 2000). "Animating Oscar". Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  5. ^ "International Festival of Audiovisual Programs". Archived from the original on 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2009-07-04.

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