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When the Day Breaks

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After witnessing the accidental death of a stranger, Ruby seeks affirmation in the city around her, and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links which connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Co-directors Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis use pencil and paint on photocopies to achieve a textured look suggestive of a lithograph or a flickering newsreel. In When the Day Breaks, the ordinary--a lemon, a toaster, a chance collision on a street corner--is endowed with a visceral power. A film without words.

1999, 09 min 40 s

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Grand Award - Best of the Festival
International Animation Festival
June 26 to July 1 2001, Melbourne - Australia

Award for Best of International Session 3
International Animation Festival
June 26 to July 1 2001, Melbourne - Australia

Audience Choice Award - Category: Shorts Program
Lake Placid Film Forum
June 6 to 10 2001, Guttenberg - USA

Mention
Festival international du film sur l'énergie
March 15 to 16 2001, Lausanne - Switzerland

Bronze Bird Award
International Animation Festival
February 20 to 25 2001, Tehran - Iran

Grand Prix of International Jury
International Children's Film Festival - GOLDFISH
October 28 to November 4 2000, Moscow - Russia

Grand Prix of Children's Jury
International Children's Film Festival - GOLDFISH
October 28 to November 4 2000, Moscow - Russia

Best Animated Short Film Award
Film Festival
October 7 to 8 2000, Laguna Beach - USA

Frederic Back Award for Best Canadien Film - with a cash prize of 7,500$
International Animation Festival
September 19 to 24 2000, Ottawa - Canada

Grand Prix - with a cash prize of 1,000,000yen ($13,800Cdn)
International Animation Festival
August 24 to 28 2000, Hiroshima - Japan

Grand Prix - with a cash prize of 2,035$US
World Festival of Animated Films
June 21 to 25 2000, Zagreb - Croatia

Best Animation Program
World Media Festival
June 11 to 16 2000, Banff - Canada

Grand Prize
Los Angeles Animation Competition / World Animation Celebration (Wacfest)
May 29 to June 4 2000, Los Angeles - USA

Best Animated Short Award - with a cash prize of 1,070$Cdn
MEDIAWAVE / International Festival of Visual Arts
April 25 to May 1 2000, Györ - Hungary

Golden Spire - Category: Animation / Division: Film and Video
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 20 to May 4 2000, San Francisco - USA

Third Prize - Category: Animation (Tied with Au Bout du Monde by Konstantin Bronzit) given by the German Institute of Animation Film - with a cash prize of 3,000DM (1,500DM each film)
Filmfest - International Festival for Animation and Short Films
April 11 to 16 2000, Dresden - Germany

Grand Prize for Best Short Subject Animated
WorldFest - International Film Festival
April 7 to 16 2000, Houston - USA

Silver Star Award
California SUN International Animation Festival
April 6 to 9 2000, Beverly Hills - USA

Ellen Hunt Special Award - for most original film (Tied with The Little Girl who sold the Sun - Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal) - with a cash award of 5,000$US
Aspen Shortfest
April 5 to 9 2000, Aspen - USA

Canada's Choice Award - Category: Best Short Film
Moving Pictures
April 1 to November 1 2000, Toronto - Canada

Process Award for Visual Excellence - with a cash prize of 500$
International Film Festival
March 16 to 26 2000, Cleveland - USA

Best Animated Short Award - with a copy of "LightWave (6)", industry leading 3D animation software from New Tek.
South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)
March 10 to 18 2000, Austin - USA

Best Animated Short Award
International Film Festival
March 2 to 12 2000, Santa Barbara - USA

Award for Most Innovative Short Film or Video - given by the Youth Jury (Ages 13+)
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
March 1 to 4 2000, Vancouver - Canada

Genie Award for Best Animated Short
Genie Awards
January 30 2000, Montréal - Canada

Director's Choice Award - with a cash prize of 100$US
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
January 28 2000, Jersey City - USA

Bronze Medal - Short Films Category: Film and Video (Non-Broadcast)
The New York Festivals / Festival Competition
January 1 2000, New York - USA

Class B Award (films between 6 -13 minutes) - given by the International Jury
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 8 to 14 1999, Espinho - Portugal

Honorable Mention from the Jury RTP (Portuguese State Channel)
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 8 to 14 1999, Espinho - Portugal

Award for animation given by Sputnik7.com - with a cash prize of 2,000$US
New York City Short Film Festival
November 1 to 10 1999, New York - USA

Golden Dove - with a cash prize of 6,000DM (4,539$Cdn)
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 26 to 31 1999, Leipzig - Germany

Bronze Plaque Award - Category: Arts and Culture
International Film and Video Festival
October 19 to 22 1999, Columbus - USA

Gold Hugo - Category: Animation
International Film Festival
October 6 to 21 1999, Chicago - USA

Best Canadian Short - with a cash prize of 1,000$
Atlantic Film Festival
September 17 to 25 1999, Halifax - Canada

FIPRESCI Award - International Film Critics' / For it's outstanding cinematic way of portraying human emotions
International Animated Film Festival
May 31 to June 5 1999, Annecy - France

Grand Prix for best animated short film "Annecy 99"
International Animated Film Festival
May 31 to June 5 1999, Annecy - France

Palme d'Or - Category: Short Film
International Film Festival
May 12 to 23 1999, Cannes - France