Sintel (2010) 

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Colin Levy

Sintel is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.

This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.

Colin Levy

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.

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on August 01, 2013 at 7:54pm

Good animations and story. I recommend it.


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on May 30, 2013 at 10am

Best Blender Movie yet. I hope more are coming soon!
(I bought the 4dvd box, it's amazing!!!)


on December 06, 2012 at 11:24am

Just watched this today on our hdtv. Animation and audio was really good, the ending is sad but it's worth your time.


on October 13, 2012 at 7:12am

This was a superbly done film. Great animation and audio was very well done. Great story line and I would love to see more from this maker. My only negative comment would be the shortness of the film. Would love to see some full length 1h 20min or so productions. Fantastic job on this one! I will definitely start to donate to the cause.

Jhatka Madka

on October 12, 2012 at 7:36pm

Please install The Final Destination!!


on October 08, 2012 at 12:30am

Animation was fantastic.


on September 13, 2012 at 12:12am

Wow... more powerful than most animations. It didn't take long to get attached to the characters, which is not easy for a filmmaker to do.

Superb work!


on April 14, 2012 at 5:34am

Much better than I expected..... Great story , well told... great animation too. My daughter took it on her tablet to school for her classmates to enjoy also


on February 07, 2012 at 2:17am

Sintel is extremely well crafted in terms of both plot and production, quite a feat to accomplish in its short running time. Well done!


on January 26, 2012 at 8:48pm

Nice work, even if the end is quite sad


on January 26, 2012 at 9:35am

Amazing work!


on December 18, 2011 at 7:04pm

PS: It's not a criticism exactly, but I do wonder about the title. It's so close to 'wintel'. Unless that was done intentionally, I think that renaming it would be the only thing I'd suggest as an improvement.


on December 18, 2011 at 7:01pm

The animation was very good. It was slightly stylized for a modestly quirky look. I thought that it was definitely of higher quality than what you'd find on a show like 'Clone Wars'. The textures and hair were very nice. I also liked some of the little touches in the soundtrack- like the crackling of the logs in the fire and the cricket noise while the main characters slept.

Most important of course, was that the animation was highly effective in communicating emotion and did so in the service of a great story. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but I will say that (despite appearances) it's not really appropriate for very young children. The narrative is classic a tragedy with just a hint at possible redemption at the end.

It affected me emotionally in under 12 and a half minutes. I give it hearty A+!


on November 30, 2011 at 8:52pm



on November 28, 2011 at 6pm

I want XviD or DivX, so I can instantly stream to my PS3 without having to wait for TVersity to transcode it. I don't think PS3 natively understands either Matroska or Theora.


on November 12, 2011 at 7:33pm

The plot was interesting but also touching, the grief for killing her own dragon by mistake gave me shivers down my spine. even though the film appeared a bit basic, I believe it is really much work making animated movies realistic, but over all the movie had "It". The movie has great potential to become a real success if it keeps the soul.

What else can i say? I enjoyed it a lot!
Keep up the good work! :)


on September 16, 2012 at 4:17am

To / DREASBORG : Don't spoil the story by telling it my friend ... otherwise great comment.


on October 17, 2011 at 5:03am

Great Animation !! Awesome story!! Thank you


on October 12, 2011 at 11:46pm

Great and sad story same time. However you need powerful mediaplayer or PC capable to render large 2K or over 2000pixel wide motion picture.


on October 02, 2011 at 11:16am

wow really good, thanks.

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