Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis met at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver where they studied film, video and animation.
Each went on to create their own works with the National Film Board of Canada (Strings and The Reluctant Deckhand) before co-directing When the Day Breaks which received over 30 international awards including the Palme D’Or at Cannes, a Genie Award, an Oscar® nomination and the Grand Prix at Annecy, Zagreb and Hiroshima International Animation Festivals.
Wild Life, their latest short with the NFB has won several prizes and in 2012 was nominated for an Academy Award.
Tilby and Forbis have also collaborated on assorted commissioned projects and directed numerous TV commercials. Interview, their acclaimed spot for United Airlines, was nominated for an Emmy® in 2004.
Forbis has led many animation workshops for kids and from 1987 - 1993 was an instructor at the Arts Umbrella Children’s Art Centre in Vancouver.
Tilby has taught animation at Harvard and Concordia University and from 2007 - 2009 was external examiner for animation at the Royal College of Art in London.