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BrickFest was the first major convention for adult fans of LEGO.[1] It was originally organized by Christina Hitchcock, and began in 2000. It took place in Washington, D.C., and featured MOC displays, challenges, workshops, and other presentations. Early BrickFests played a role in the development of a community surrounding brickfilming.

BrickFest Animation Competition refers to a series of competitions held at BrickFest 2002 - 2004 by Todd Thuma. It is not to be confused with the BricksWest Animation Competition, which Thuma also ran. From 2004 to 2006, BrickFest had a partnership with, and the summer contests were tied in with the BrickFest of each year.

Brickfilming at early BrickFests[]

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Thomas Foote's setup at BrickFest 2000[2]

BrickFest 2000 included a panel on brickfilming presented by Thomas Foote.[3] This panel inspired a number of people to try out brickfilming, and notably introduced the concept of brickfilming to Jason Rowoldt, who would pick up the hobby and go on to found later in 2000. BrickFest 2000 also featured a presentation of multiple brickfilms by Greg Perry, who attended.[4]

BrickFest 2001 included a panel on brickfilming co-hosted by both Thomas Foote and Jason Rowoldt.[5][6][7] Foote premiered his films The Big Match and Also Thwacked Zarathustra. There was a presentation and screening by Greg Perry. There was also an hour-long screening of brickfilms that were available on

Film Name Director
Vecna's Lens: Part I Jason Rowoldt
All of the Dead Tony Mines and Tim Drage
2001: A LEGO Odyssey Marc Atkin
ONE: A Space Odyssey Tony Mines and Tim Drage
Twelve Bucks Rob Weychert
The Thing Andy Thornbery
LeGorso Joona Poikonen and Lauri Mäki
Ministry - "Thieves" Jason Bardis
The LEGO Chainsaw Massacre Andy Thornbery
Brain Damage Robert Thomas
Dancing on The Moon Jason Rowoldt

BrickFest 2002 animation competitions[]

BrickFest 2002 Logo

The BrickFest 2002 Animation Competition and Animation Festival were announced by Christina Hitchcock on May 20, 2002.[8] Both events were hosted by Todd Thuma. Prizes for winning entries were a plaque of LEGO bricks,[9] and a LEGO set from the LEGO Studios horror theme.[10] Entrants did not need to attend BrickFest to submit or win. BrickFest 2002 occurred from July 19 - 21, 2002.

Star Wars Movie Trailer Competition[]

The main BrickFest 2002 Animation Competition was in honor of the recent release of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and was for originally created brickfilms that were trailers for an existing or fictional Star Wars film. Entries were were required to be between 1 and 3 minutes long. Entrants were encouraged to use original audio, rather than taking audio from existing trailers. Entries had to be received by July 9, either on a CD-ROM in .mov format, or on a VHS or Mini-DV cassette tape. Entries were required to be appropriate for all ages.[11]

Two prizes for the trailer competition were awarded. Each audience member was given one vote to determine the Audience Choice Award. The organizers of BrickFest determined the winner of the Conference Organizer Award based on a list of criteria including "quality of the animation, quality of the lighting, quality of the sound, quality of the editing, and the closeness to or the originality of the movie trailer (depending on which way you go)". Both awards were referred to as equal in prestige.[12]

Audience Choice Award:

Conference Organizer Award:

List of all Star Wars Movie Trailer Competition entries, in screening order:[13]

Film Name Director
Star Wars Episode II Trailer Paul Hollingsworth and Luke Krajcarskii
The Fight Against the Empire Wolfgang Roehl and Thomas Roehl
Star Wars: Last Strike Nate Burr
Jedi Chronicles: The First Duel Nick Maniatis
LEGO Wars Ben Brenninkmeyer
Rise of the Empire Jay Silver

Animation Festival Competition[]

Best of Show:

Audience Choice Award:

Conference Organizer Award:

List of all Animation Festival Competition entries, in alphabetical order:

Film Name Director
Block Wars Paul Hollingsworth and Sarah Stinchcombe
Building a Little Red Switcher X Bob Hayes
The Clocktower Trilogy Nate Burr
Donnie the Mobster: Trouble at School! Nick Maniatis
Doorway Nick Maniatis
The Evolution of Creation Greg Perry
The Final Duel Joe Loretz
Freedom Brian Gould
The Game Nate Burr
The Gauntlet Jay Silver
The Glove Wolfgang Roehl and Thomas Roehl
Great Inventors Part 1: The Wheel Stefan van Zwam
The Juggler Nick Maniatis
Macabre Manor Jared Gilbert
METRO Doug James
The Mollusk Greg Perry
Mummy Ben Brenninkmeyer
Ninja Thief Ben Brenninkmeyer
NK2020 Nick Maniatis
Perelowic Brian Gould
The Rise and Fall of Lazarus Brian Gould, Colin Sproat, and Spencer Glodek
A (Very) Brief History of the Bushranger 'Ned Kelly' and the 'Kelly Gang' Nick Maniatis

BrickFest 2003 Music Video Animation Competition[]


Best of Show:

Best Music Video AKA Audience Choice Award:

Best Technical Animation:

The other entries were Wake Up (set to the Evanescence song "Bring Me To Life") by Ben Brenninkmeyer and A Forest - The Cure by Nick Maniatis.[14] There was also an unknown sixth entry by someone named Eric which was screened but was not considered for awards due to being submitted late,[15] and the official White Stripes brickfilm music video Fell in Love with a Girl was also screened at the festival.[16]

BrickFestPDX 2004 animation competitions[]

BrickFestPDX 2004 was the first BrickFest held outside of the Washington D.C. area. It took place in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon from February 12 - 14, 2004. On September 18, 2003, Todd Thuma announced two brickfilm competitions for this BrickFest: The BrickFest PDX 2004 "History of Flight" Animation Competition and The BrickFest PDX 2004 Tell-a-Joke Animation Competition.[17][18] However, neither competition received any entries. It was theorized that this could have been due to the A Peculiar Event Contest taking place on from December 2003 to February 2004, or also due to an opinion that brickfilms weren't received particularly enthusiastically at LEGO festivals, demotivating people to create films specifically for them.

BrickFest 2004 High Adventure Theatre Contest[]

Main article: High Adventure Theatre Contest

BrickFest 2005 Heroes and Villains Contest[]


Main article: Heroes and Villains Contest

BrickFest 2006[]


Fame, Infamy and Glory Contest[]

Main article: Fame, Infamy and Glory Contest

BrickFest 2006 Montage[]

Main article: BrickFest 2006 Montage