When The Day Breaks

Directors Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis
Year 1999
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In this animated short, Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Winner of over 40 prizes from around the world, the film also features singer Martha Wainwright.


Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis


David Verrall


Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy


Female Filmmaker

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)