Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2022

Canary

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault / Canada / 2022 / 12 min / Colour / Unknown / In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

Synopsis

Canary birds are highly sensitive to their environments. Because of this, they were often used in mining as an indicator to see if the air was safe to breathe. Young Sonny doesn’t like mining much, and he trains his pet canary to play dead so they can take the day off. A prank that leads to unintentional disaster in this well-crafted animated short about honesty, integrity, and friendship.  

Director

Pierre-Hugues Dallaire

PH & Ben have been directing together for over 12 years. Their short films and commissioned work have been featured at the Annecy International Film Festival (Share the Joy, IGA; Vraiment Frais, IGA; Aide Gourmet, IGA). Other accolades include Vimeo Staff Picks for ‘Share the Joy’, an Honourable Mention at the Queen Palm International Film Festival, ‘LottoMax Bear’, and a CREA Award for ‘MSSS Smoke’. Their short-circuited but notable attempt at making the short film ‘Outside’ in 2016 led them to ‘Canary’.

Benoit Therriault

PH & Ben have been directing together for over 12 years. Their short films and commissioned work have been featured at the Annecy International Film Festival (Share the Joy, IGA; Vraiment Frais, IGA; Aide Gourmet, IGA). Other accolades include Vimeo Staff Picks for ‘Share the Joy’, an Honourable Mention at the Queen Palm International Film Festival, ‘LottoMax Bear’, and a CREA Award for ‘MSSS Smoke’. Their short-circuited but notable attempt at making the short film ‘Outside’ in 2016 led them to ‘Canary’.

Credits

Screenwriter
Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Thomas Michael, Benoit Therriault
Producer
Marie-Cécile Dahan
Cinematographer
Philippe Sylvain, Jonathan Meret
Editor
Guillaume Poulin
Music
Iohann M. Miller