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Screenings and Publicity

  • Toronto, Directors Guild Technical seminar sept 2007, speaker Bassam Kurdali
  • June 2007: Inclusion in the famous “Shorts Dawer 2006/2007” DVD,
  • May 2007, Ottawa International Animation Festival,
  • 25th CG International Conference (CGI’2007), May 2007, Festival Screening, Brazil,
  • Portable Film Festival, May 2007, Sydney Australia,
  • International Panorama of the 2007 Nemo Film Festival, April 2007, Paris,
  • Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, April, 2007,
  • Future Film Festival, screening + presentations, Bologna, Italy, 17-21 january 2007,
  • Marked #6 of the “twenty most important CG events of 2006” by
  • CinemaNet Nederland: theatre screening as pre-show for documentary.
    December 9-22 2006, in 12 theaters in the Netherlands
  • HDFEST Los Angeles (, 1-3 2006 december
    (Part of the HDFEST 2006 World Tour, was in Seoul, Helsinki)
  • International Short Film Festival Berlin, Clipped program, Nov 2006,
  • La.Meko Filmfestival, November 11th to 17th 2006 in Universum Kinocenter in Landau/Germany
  • Animatu Portugal, Beja, 15-19 november 2006,
  • SciencePlusFiction, Festival Internazionale della Fantascienza, 21st to 26th November 2006 in Trieste, Italy
  • Bitfilm Hamburg Germany, nov 4 2006,
  • WebCuts Berlin Germany, october 18 2006,
  • IBC Amsterdam, sept 2006, many HD companies showing the film, including HP & Microsoft.
  • Imaginaria Film Festival, Bari Italy, 01-07 August 2006,
  • Mundos Digitales, La Coruña Spain, 1-8 July 2006,
  • Brooklyn International Film Festival, June 4-11 2006,
  • Animago 2006, Stuttgart Germany, May 2-5 2006,

Press Release

May 18, 2006
For Immediate Release

Elephants Dream, internet release of the first 3D ‘Open Movie’

(Blender Foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) – The 3D animated short ‘Elephants Dream’ will today be released as a free and public download. This is the final stage of a successfully completed Open Movie project which has been community-financed, using only Open Source tools, and opening up the movie itself as well as the entire studio database for everyone to re-use and learn from. The movie and production files are licensed as “Creative Commons Attribution 2.5”, which only requires a proper crediting for public screening, re-using and distribution.

In the past weeks, the donating sponsors have received the dual DVD set of this project in their mailbox. This DVD set remains for sale via the e-shop as support product for future Open Movie projects. The Blender Foundation is committed to start working on similar projects soon.

The movie files and download mirrors can be accessed here:

Elephants Dream is the culmination of the Orange Open Movie Project, produced by the Blender Foundation and the Netherlands Media Art Institute. The project was conceived to help develop and establish the capabilities of the Blender 3D open source tool for the creation of cinema quality animation.

The film tells the story of Emo and Proog, two people with different visions of the surreal world in which they live. Viewers are taken on a journey through that world, full of strange mechanical birds, stunning technological vistas and machinery that seems to have a life of its own.

‘Elephants Dream’ features the voice talents of renowned Dutch movie actors Tygo Gernandt and Cas Jansen, as well as an original score by German composer Jan Morgenstern. The short brought together the talents of a team of artists from countries as diverse as Syria, Germany, Australia, Finland, and the Netherlands. In addition to the performances of the cast and creative efforts of the lead artists, Elephants Dream has had the assistance of hundreds of individuals across the world who contributed a variety of work such as programming additional functionality for Blender, creating textures used in some of the scenes, and providing international translations for the DVD release.

The files have been released on two DVDs with the movie in PAL, NTSC and HD formats, a making-of documentary, and all of the studio files. The DVDs were shipped in early May 2006. As promised, shortly after, the movie and database of source material is now available for public download as well.

Studio Orange team:
Director: Bassam Kurdali (Syria /USA),
Art Director: Andreas Goralczyk (Germany)
Lead Artists: Matt Ebb (Australia), Bastian Salmela (Finland), Lee Salvemini (Australia)
Technical Director: Toni Alatalo (Finland)

For more information:

Ton Roosendaal
Chairman, Blender Foundation
Email: ton(at)