This 12 minute short film follows a young woman called Sintel as she tries to track down the creature that abducted her pet dragon, Scales.
The indie was produced in 2011 in order to showcase the possibilities of free and open source software Blender, and was funded using financial support from the Netherlands Film Fund and from hundreds of private sponsors.
The film was directed by Colin Levy after a screen play by Esther Wouda, in turn inspired by a concept by Martin Lodewijk. The characters of Sintel and the shaman were voiced by Halina Reijn and Thom Hoffman respectively and the music was composed by Jan Morgenstern.
Every year the Blender Foundation creates a so-called ‘open movie’ to show what can be made with the current version of its software.
(Illustration: crop of the video, YouTube / Blender Foundation)