Project Peach is the latest “open source movie” that will be made by the good folks behind Blender, an open source 3D content creation suite. Unlike the first movie, Elephants Dream (which was codenamed “Project Orange”), Project Peach will have a cute story with cute furry animals. Like Elephants Dream, Peach will be released under Creative Commons Attribution License, allowing anyone to use any part of the work for any purpose.

People who pre-order the Peach DVD before October 1 can have their name listed in the credits. They’ve already taken almost a thousand pre-orders. What this means, in simple terms, is that the Blender Institute now has enough reputation to fund free culture projects to the tune of EUR 30-50K through online donations. Not huge, but still pretty exciting.