The Blender Foundation is an independent non-profit public benefit corporation chaired by Ton Roosendaal, the original author of the Blender software. It is funded by donations from entrepreneurs, companies, and the community. One of the foundations goals is "to give the worldwide Internet community access to 3D technology in general, with Blender as a core." The foundation provides various resources to support the community formed around using and developing Blender.
Donations are used to maintain the Blender website, support future Open Movie Projects, as well as hire other developers to work on the Blender software.
"Sintel" was the Blender Institute’s third movie. The movie started production in September 2009 and was premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival at the end of September 2010. With a much larger team and bigger budget, the targets were very ambitious, resulting in a 15 minute short film that has found much acclaim on the web; storytelling and editing were top priorities for the team. "Sintel," as well as the other Open Movie Projects, was intended to validate and improve the 3D open source content creation pipeline with Blender. It was created using the Blender software and released under permissive license terms, along with the source material. Development targets mainly focused on getting the Blender 2.5x series more stable and usable, improving the sculpting tools, efficient detail rendering and global illumination.