In 1922, a young boy named Sonny works in an underground coal mine with a group of adult miners. He takes care of the caged canary which the men use to detect deadly methane gas. Hoping to escape the dark and dank underground, the boy teaches his bird to play dead. The clever prank sends the panicked miners to the surface, where Sonny and the canary enjoy playing in the sunlight. When the boy naively ignores the dangers of the game he is playing, it leads to a tragedy he may never recover from.


Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault


no dialogue

Short Animation Films

12 minutes

2022 (Middle East Premiere)


Pictures of Directors

Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault

Pierre-Hugues Dallaire discovered his passion for animation at a young age, bringing clay figures to life with a touch of dark humor. His studies in hand-drawn and computer animation led him to create animated skits for a comedy show and co-found Shed Studios, where he met Benoit Therriault. Benoit, a natural storyteller, found his outlet in comic books and filmmaking before embracing animation. With his design and storyboarding expertise, he became a creative force at Shed Studios, where he met Pierre-Hugues.