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…

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Title: Solstice
Director: Pierre-Yves Comtois
Duration: 1 min 04 seconds
Category: Animation
Genre: Fantastic
Language: Without dialogue
Release date: May 26, 2021
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Ratio: 16 : 9 (1920 x 1080)
Production format: digital
Color film
Student film
Official Selection: ANIMART Festival, Hydra, Greece, July 2021
Official Selection: Fantasia Festival, Montreal, Canada, August 2021
Awards: Cinesite Grant, Montreal (Canada), May 26, 2021


Presence and voice: Gabrielle Piette
Music: Peter Venne
Sounds 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
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Visit the web site of the Cegep du Vieux Montreal‘s animation department (french).