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Oscar nominated film wins Best of Festival at YFF

Film was recipient of several awards at 2023 Yorkton Film Festival.
Wendy Tilby, David Christensen and Amanda Forbis accepting the Golden Sheaf for Best of Festival at the 2023 Yorkton Film Festival.

YORKTON – The Yorkton Film Festival Best of Festival Award went to The Flying Sailor, a film directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.

The short animation has received several awards and nominations including Best Canadian Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and an Oscar nomination at the 95th Academy Awards under the category Best Animated Short Film.

"Who needs an Oscar," quipped Tilby upon accepting the award to the cheers of the audience.

The film was the recipient of several Golden Sheaf Awards throughout the evening, including awards for best Animation and Director.

"Wendy's right," said David Christensen, Producer of The Flying Sailor, "who does need an Oscar?"

"The difference being is that this award — and I mean this honestly — is that this is from the heart," said Christensen.