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.

Listed as #17 on ASIFA's list of the 50 greatest short animated films of all time.

Produced by The National Film Board of Canad



Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, France

Academy Award Nomination

Grand Prix, Annecy International Animation Festival, France

Grand Prize, Animafest, Zagreb 

Grand Prize, Hiroshima International Festival of Animation

Genie Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema