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Interns from Tshimologong join Team Sam

We have been so privileged to have Lesego Vorster, who co-ordinates the animation incubation program at the wonderful Tshimologong precinct, join our team as part-time Animation Director on the project.  He brings with him a [...]

World Autism Awareness Day 2020

It’s a big day today for Sam - today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. But it’s not quite going to plan. We all have our own version of crazy to deal with right now - this [...]

Making Sam… Ep # 2: WRITING THE SCRIPT

Here is the second instalment in our behind-the-scenes series - "Making Sam..."! For the next 6 months (and possibly longer) we will be posting a new video every 2 weeks showing what goes into making [...]

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“Sam The Hedgehog” is a short film
about a hedgehog raised among sheep.

Told in verse, Sam’s story sheds light on the experience of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children and their parents. Sam is shy, a bit prickly and quite particular about certain things – just like many autistic kids.

The message of his story is that autistic people want to be accepted for who they are. Although we should try and understand one another better, the point shouldn’t be to try and make people with autism “normal”… any more than a hedgehog should learn to become a sheep.

would like your help!

Would you like to be involved? There are several ways
you can help Sam out …

Share Sam’s project with your friends and follow his progress.

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Sam keeps running out of pocket money and would love some
extra cash
to help him finish his movie…

Head over to our Donation Page and do your part in helping get Sam’s message out to the world.

Corporates and funding Partners can get in touch with Sam’s  Funding co-ordinator.

Are you an animator? Do you fancy tinkering with miniatures? Apply by sending Sam a mail at and perhaps you could actually work on the final film!

The Team
helping Sam out

Sam has a great team that has helped
create him and his project so far:


MAAN Creative is a boutique design, illustration and animation studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded by Michael Clark and Johan Scheepers. MAAN works on a broad range of projects from TV channel branding to animated commercials and corporate AV’s. MAAN is heading up the development of Sam the Hedgehog.

Julia Smuts Louw is a writer with a background in kids’ animated content, reality TV and multi-platform marketing. Alongside her partner, storyboard artist and animation director Daniel Snaddon, she runs Sparks Flew Development Studio, developing various projects for long-form animation.

David O’Sullivan is a renowned local broadcaster and radio personality who has worked in the radio and TV industry for the past 30 years and currently co-hosts ‘The Breakfast Show’ on Kaya FM. He has a son with Autism and has a keen interest promoting awareness of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  


Sam is also very proud to be supported by the following organisations:

National Film & Video Foundation  Autism South Africa  Bellavista School  Jozi 4 Autism  National Council of & for Persons with Disabilities

Contact Sam

Want to get in touch with Sam? Here are some details:

+27 (11) 782 1026 (Office hours)

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