When the Day Breaks is a Canadian animated short co-directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
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 and the Short Film Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. 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 The Old Man and the Sea.
To create the film, directors used pencil and paint on photocopies to achieve a textured look suggestive of a lithograph or a flickering newsreel.