Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis

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Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis are a Canadian animation duo. On January 24, 2012, they received their second Academy Award nomination, for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short film, Wild Life.[1] In addition to writing and directing the film, Forbis and Tilby drew and painted every animation frame in guache, and wrote the lyrics for the film's final song. They were only able to work on Wild Life part-time, due to commercial obligations, and the film is reported to have taken them from six to over seven years, from concept to completion.[2][3]

They were previously nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for their 1999 NFB film When the Day Breaks. Tilby was also nominated individually for her 1991 NFB short Strings.[4][5]

Tilby studied visual arts and literature at the University of Victoria before studying film and animation at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Forbis attended the University of Lethbridge as well as the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Her solo credits include animation work on the 1995 NFB short The Reluctant Deckhand.

Both originally from Alberta, they first met in Vancouver at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. In 2003, they relocated from Montreal to Calgary, where Forbis was raised. In addition to their NFB work, they have collaborated on workshops and commercials,[6] working with Los Angeles-based Acme Filmworks on major ad campaigns, most notably for United Airlines.[3] In 2007, they founded the Bleak Midwinter Film Festival in their home neighbourhood of Inglewood, Calgary.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/oscars/nominations/
  2. ^ Hall, Jamie (22 February 2012). "Edmonton producer's film Wild Life off to the Oscars". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Dixon, Guy (24 February 2012). "Oscar-nominated NFB animators draw on tradition". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Patch, Nick (24 January 2012). "Two National Film Board of Canada animated shorts nominated for Oscars". Toronto Star. Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Melissa Leong; Eric Volmers (18 January 2012). "Homegrown films up for Genie Awards". Calgary Herald. Postmedia News. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby". Cannes 11. Telefilm Canada. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bleak Midwinter Film Festival". Calgary Herald. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 

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