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ZDF Enterprises worldwide distributor for new animated film Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef

Mainz, September 27th, 2021

ZDF Enterprises has secured the international distribution rights to Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef (1 x 66’), an adventurous story about courage, friendship and our ocean’s last paradise.

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, Vice President 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.” 


About ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 17 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

Contact ZDF Enterprises

Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef