Diving is one of the most visually spectacular and exciting sports. Proof of this is the absolute silence that reigns in Olympic stadiums from the moment a diver plunges off the springboard and lands in the water. Given the huge hypnotic effect this traditional sports discipline has on spectators, what would happen if the divers were… giraffes?

This is the premise of “5 mètres 80”, a short film by the French moviemaker Nicolas Deveaux. In this animated film, dozens of giraffes dive off a number of springboards doing all sorts of artistic movements and somersaults into a big indoor pool.

After one and a half years in the making, the work was premièred in 2012. Since then, the short has received numerous awards: best short at the international festival ArtFutura (2013); the Special Prize at the international film festival, City of Lights, City of Los Angeles (2014); and the Audience Award at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (2015), amongst others.

This is not the first time that Nicolas Deveaux has placed a majestic wild animal from the African savannah in the world of sport. In 2005, just one year after graduating from the 3D school of animation, Supinfocom, he made the film “7 tonnes 2”which enabled us to see an elephant (the only mammal unable to jump) bouncing athletically on a trampoline. This production was shown at numerous festivals around the world.

As a result of the short “5 metres 80”, the TV channel France 3 commissioned a number of videos from Deveaux to wish its viewers a happy summer and winter holiday season. In these works, animals once again take centre stage in wacky antics: hippopotami sliding down a water slide and playing tennis, a skateboarding turtle, elephants parachuting and, once again, a stylish giraffe diving into a pool from a springboard.