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 September 01, 2011 at 10:45pm

As Your recomendation, I'll watch ! ! !


on August 11, 2011 at 4:01am

Stunningly beautiful. I don't know how many times I've watched your (much too short) incredibly detailed animation, but this is one film that won't be deleted from my harddrive in the forseeable future.

Excellent work!


on August 07, 2011 at 5:11am

Excellent short film!!. My son is currently completing his Diploma of IT, Multimedia and is working on 3D graphics. I will let him know of this film and the software used to create it. He is probably already familiar with Blender, but he is always interested in seeing other peoples work, it is great to have other creators to inspire him.


on August 01, 2011 at 3:47pm

Really liked the short. I'm a gamer so there were times where I was waiting to take control to fight the hiker and the dragon. The setups to the action sequences were truly fantastic. Well done!

Stephen Flanagan

on July 24, 2011 at 3:27pm

Nice one, makes me really want to learn Blender


on July 23, 2011 at 3:44pm

Well done!


on July 21, 2011 at 2:52am

Amazing doesn't even begin to describe the quality put into this.
Beautifully done!
I hope to see this story expanded into a feature film one day,
and I await other works from the author. ^-^
Keep up the good work.


on July 17, 2011 at 1:10pm



on June 21, 2011 at 9:07pm

really cool! By far the best animated short-film I've seen in a while!


on June 16, 2011 at 12:47pm

Even though my sony laptop is not 3D, it interfaced to a Vizio 3D TV. How does the 3D creation suite blender work?


on June 15, 2011 at 6:34am

I must have watch it a thousand times, it touched my heart! I've watched the documentary many times, you people did a magical job that only ran 14 minutes, but will last a lifetime. Be proud of what you did, there aren't many people like you left in the world anymore ..

I've used Blender for some simple 3D logos and animation, but SINTEL, is a MIRACLE!

Paul Rosk
New Jersey USA


on June 06, 2011 at 7:06pm

This is one of the best films of any kind that I've ever seen.


on June 05, 2011 at 5:22am

This is a great animated short. It was beautifully done. Its hard to imagine you can get such results from a free program.


on May 25, 2011 at 7:37am

I hav seen making of this film on youtube.I would like to use it for No-commercial educational purpose.So wat is the copyright of "Making of Sintel"???


on May 22, 2011 at 12:56pm



on May 21, 2011 at 7:45am

I was quite shocked at just how beautiful the visuals were, and the story had far more heart than I expected. I'm inspired--I'm gonna download Blender and fiddle around with it, and maybe someday I'll make something beautiful, too. (But With my art skills, I think I'd be lucky to successfully model a block.)


on May 21, 2011 at 4:48am

I saw it and was amazed..... and the end... oh the end! What an unexpected end! It is worth the time....

bidario manuel

on May 12, 2011 at 4:26pm

this is nice bout i never see that

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