One summer night, a child wakes up to discover a black panther watching him at the foot of his bed; The feline look at him with phosphorescent eyes before going out. The boy is fascinated and sets off to follow it. Passing the frame of his bedroom door, he finds himself in the middle of a forest enchanted by the summer solstice, in the first light of dawn. Just when he thinks he’s lost, he hears a roar in the distance. In front of him, the landscape unfolds, slowly illuminated by the rising day. The panther comes to join him, he stretches out his hand, hesitant, and he slips his fingers into its fur.

(Version française)

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Title : Solstice
Director : Pierre-Yves Comtois
Duration: 1 min 05 seconds
Category : Animation
Genre : Fantastic
Release date: May 25, 2021
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Ratio: 16 : 9 (1920 x 1080)
Production format: digital
Color film
Student film

Credits :

Presence and voice: Gabrielle Piette
Music: Peter Venne
Sound effects of the forest: Walter Tilgner

With the kind permission of WERGO/Schott Music & Media GmbH, Mainz, Germany / “Natural Sound” recorded by Walter Tilgner. Excerpts are taken from the CD SM 90062 Waldesrauschen – Whispering Forest.


For more information:

Pierre-Yves Comtois
Email :

Visit the web site of the Cegep du Vieux Montreal‘s animation department (french).