ZDF Enterprises has secured the international distribution rights to Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef (66’), an adventurous story about courage, friendship and our ocean’s last paradise produced by GEFA & Softmachine, Softmachine Immersive Productions, Experimenta Science Center and PiXABLE STUDIOS.
The delightful one-off animated film tells the story of a clumsy but energetic reef fish Shorty, his smart sister Indigo and Jake, a daring sawfish, whose home in a coral reef is devastated by a trawler. The three friends set out on a journey to find a new home. Their search leads them to the legendary Sunken City, the gateway to the last safe, untouched place in the oceans: the Enchanted Reef.
Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef is produced by GEFA & Softmachine, Softmachine Immersive Productions, Experimenta Science Center and PiXABLE STUDIOS. Softmachine, founded by Peter Popp who wrote, produced and directed the film, is an award-winning animation studio for 360° fulldome content.
Peter Lang, VP ZDFE.junior, ZDF Enterprises, said: ‘This beautifully told story combines humour and thrilling entertainment with educational elements. A film that the whole family can enjoy and learn from as it raises awareness of our most diverse marine ecosystem, the stunning and unique coral reefs’.