The Oscar-nominated “Wild Life,” a 13 and a half-minute film directed by Western Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, won three honors Saturday at the 38th Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards in Calgary, including the Rosie for Best Short.
Forbis and Tilby also won the Rosie for Best Animator(s) or Motion Graphic Artist(s), while the award for Best Overall Sound – Drama went to Wild Life creative crew David J. Taylor and Pat Butler.
The film tells how in 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. 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. This animated short is about the beauty of the prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.
Last month, Wild Life won the award for Best Animation at the Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families in Vancouver.