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The Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival (originally called the Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival, and often abbreviated to BFG Film Festival) is an annual event held by The Four Monkeys and the Brickfilmer's Guild to recognize brickfilms released within a year that excel in various categories. It has run every year since 2012. Films must be submitted by their creator/s in order to be considered for awards.

The festival features main categories such as Best Brickfilm, Best Cinematography and Best Animation, and also includes less formal Honorable Mention categories. These are often more specific categories, such as Best Star Wars Brickfilm or Best Video Game Themed Brickfilm, and change each year. They are mainly included for fun, and have not featured prizes.

Community awards[]

Starting with the 2017 awards, The BFG Film Festival also began awarding brickfilmers for overall community involvement. The Community Award is decided by a BFG member vote, and after a brickfilmer places first in one year, they become ineligible to place again. Starting with the 2021 awards, there was also one inductee into the Brickfilmer's Guild Hall of Fame announced each year. These are decided by The Four Monkeys with input from other trusted members.

2012 Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival[]

The first Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival was announced in 2012 by The Four Monkeys, who were also the judges.[1] Entrants were allowed to submit up to three films each, and over 250 entries were received. Prizes for the eight main categories were provided by BrickWarriors, BrickStix, Dave Pickett, Spencer Olson and The Four Monkeys.[2]

Prize-winning categories

Best Brickfilm
Best Screenplay Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Sound Effects
Best Voice Acting Best Entry That Included the BFG Logo
BFG Member's Choice

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmer of the Year 2012 Best Sports Themed Brickfilm
Best Trailer Brickfilm Best Video Game Themed Brickfilm
Best Superhero Brickfilm Best Holiday Brickfilm
Best Music Video Brickfilm Best Public Service Announcement Brickfilm
Best Star Wars Themed Brickfilm Best Harry Potter Brickfilm
Best Halloween Brickfilm Best Foreign Language Brickfilm

2013 Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival[]

The 2013 Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival was again judged solely by The Four Monkeys. Starting from this edition, entrants could only submit one film rather than three,[3] and 70+ films were submitted.[4] Two new categories, Best Lighting and Best Music Score, were added. The only category to receive a prize was Best Brickfilm of Festival.[5]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm
Best Screenplay Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Sound Effects
Best Music Score Best Lighting
Best Voice Acting Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo
BFG Member's Choice

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Brickfilmer's Guild 2013 Brickfilmer of the Year Best Super Hero Brickfilm
Best Foreign Language Brickfilm Best Holiday Brickfilm
Best Star Wars Brickfilm Best Music Video Brickfilm
Best THAC, BRAWL, or Contrast Entry Best Video Game Themed Brickfilm

2014 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

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In 2014, the name of the event changed from Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival to Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival. This was the first year to include a panel of judges, with each one representing a different brickfilming website: Dave Smith (Brickfilmer's Guild), Dave Pickett (The Set Bump), Shelby Pritchard (Bricks in Motion), Steffen Troeger (BrickBoard) and Bruno Lefèvre (Brick à Brack). There were no physical prizes,[7] and the Best Lighting category was removed, so that lighting could be judged as a component of the cinematography. 42 films were submitted.[8]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Screenplay Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Sound Effects
Best Music Score Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
The Brickfilmer's Guild 2014 Brickfilmer of the Year Best Super Hero Brickfilm
Best Non-English Brickfilm Best Holiday Brickfilm
Best Star Wars Brickfilm Best Video Game Themed Brickfilm

2015 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2015 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave Smith, Dave Pickett, Shelby Pritchard, Mirko Horstmann and Bruno Lefèvre.[10] It received 59 accepted entries.[11]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Story and Screen Play Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Sound Effects
Best Music Score Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
The Brickfilmer's Guild 2015 Brickfilmer of the Year Best Super Hero Brickfilm
Best Star Wars Brickfilm Best Foreign Language Brickfilm
Best Holiday Brickfilm Best Music Video

2016 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2016 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave Smith, Dave Pickett, Mirko Horstmann, Marc-André Caron and Zach Macias.[12] 49 films were submitted.[13]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Story and Screen Play Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Sound Effects
Best Music Score Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice

Honorable mention categories

Honorable mention categories
2016 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmer of the Year
Best Super Hero Brickfilm Best Foreign Language Film
Best Music Video Best Holiday Brickfilm

2017 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2017 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave Smith, Seán Willis, Mirko Horstmann, and Marc-André Caron.[14] 54 films were submitted.[15] This year added a new annual award, the Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award, for a different brickfilmer each year whose achievements and leadership promote the art of brickfilming.[16]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Story and Screen Play Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Sound Effects
Best Music Score Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
2017 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmer of the Year 2017 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award
Best Star Wars Brickfilm Best Super Hero Brickfilm
Best Holiday Brickfilm Best Ninjago Brickfilm

2018 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2018 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave Smith, Shelby Pritchard, Chris Salaises, Bruno Lefèvre, Michael Hickox, and Seán Willis.[17] 63 films were submitted.[18] The new category Best Digital Effects (CGI) was added, and the category Best Music Score was changed to Best Original Music Score. The Brickfilmer of the Year and Community Award categories had top threes rather than just one winner announced, and they were both voted on by BFG members, whereas the Community Award winner was selected by The Four Monkeys in the previous year.[19]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Story and Screen Play Best Cinematography
Best Animation Best Digital Effects (CGI)
Best Sound Effects Best Original Music Score
Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice
2018 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmer of the Year 2018 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award
  1. David Pagano
  2. Zach Macias
  3. Keshen Matus tied with "Pongowl"
  1. Seán Willis
  2. Chris Major
  3. William Osborne

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Best Star Wars Brickfilm Best Superhero Brickfilm
Best Holiday Brickfilm Best Fight Brickfilm
Best Music Video Brickfilm

2019 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2019 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave Smith, Christopher Gearhart, Chris Major, William Osborne, Zach Macias, and Seán Willis.[20] 56 films were submitted.[21] A category for set design and construction, Best Scenic, was added.

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Story and Screen Play Best Cinematography
Best Scenic Best Animation
Best Digital Effects Best Sound Design
Best Original Soundtrack Best Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice
2019 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmers of the Year 2019 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Best Superhero Brickfilm Best Star Wars Brickfilm
Best Non-English Language Brickfilm Best BRAWL, THAC, Steinerei, or Summer Contest Entry (either BiM or BàB)
Best Music Video Brickfilm Best Film That Was Not Nominated in a Main Category

2020 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2020 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave Smith, Kim Smith, Harrison Allen, Austin Garber, Tom Johnson, Bruno Lefèvre, Alexander Leitner, Trevor Stevens, and Seán Willis.[22] 58 films were submitted.[23]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival
Best Story and Screen Play Best Cinematography
Best Scenic Best Animation
Best Visual Effects Best Sound Design
Best Original Soundtrack Best Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice
2020 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmers of the Year 2020 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award
  1. Zach Macias
  2. Lewis Townley
  3. Rainer Storck

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Best Superhero Brickfilm Best Star Wars Brickfilm
Best Non-English Language Brickfilm Best BRAWL, THAC, Steinerei, or Summer Contest Entry or Attempted Entry (BiM or BàB)
Best Music Video Brickfilm Best Video Game Themed Brickfilm

2021 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2021 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Chris Major, Lewis Townley, William Osborne, Alexander Leitner, and Dave and Kim Smith.[24] 52 films were submitted.[25] In this year, the category "Best Brickfilm of Festival" was split into two categories; "Best Brickfilm of Festival by Single Animator", and "Best Brickfilm of Festival by Multiple Animators".

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival by Single Animator Best Brickfilm of Festival by Multiple Animators
Best Story and Screenplay Best Cinematography
Best Scenic Design Best Animation
Best Visual Effects Best Sound Design
Best Original Music Score Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice
2021 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmers of the Year 2021 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award
  1. William Osborne
  2. Chris Wynn
  3. Bert Loos
2022 Inductee to Brickfilmer's Guild Hall of Fame

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Best Superhero Brickfilm Best Star Wars Brickfilm
Best Non-English Language Brickfilm Best with No Dialogue
Best BRAWL, THAC, Steinerei, or Summer Contest Entry or Attempted Entry (BiM or BàB) Best Knights, Ninjas, and Wizards Brickfilm
Best Holiday Brickfilm

2022 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2022 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave and Kim Smith, Hans Präßler, and Seán Willis.[27] 49 films were submitted.[28]

Main categories

Best Film Best Film (16 and under)
Best Story and Screenplay Best Cinematography
Best Scenic Design Best Animation
Best Visual Effects Best Sound Design
Best Original Music Score Best Voice Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice
2022 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmers of the Year 2022 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award
  1. Chris Wynn
  2. Bert Loos
  3. "JO Co"
2023 Inductee to Brickfilmer's Guild Hall of Fame

Honorable mention categories

Honorable Mention Categories
Best Superhero Brickfilm Best Star Wars Brickfilm
Best Steinerei 2022 Brickfilm Best with No Dialogue
Best BRAWL, THAC, or Summer Contest Entry or Attempted Entry (BiM or BàB)

2023 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival[]

The 2023 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival was judged by Dave and Kim Smith.[29] 58 films were submitted.[30]

Main categories

Best Brickfilm of Festival Best Brickfilm of Festival 16 and Under
Best Story and Screenplay Best Cinematography
Best Scenic and Set Design Best Animation
Best Special Effects Best Sound Design
Best Original Soundtrack Best Acting
Best Brickfilm with BFG Logo BFG Member's Choice
2023 Brickfilmer's Guild Brickfilmers of the Year 2023 Brickfilmer's Guild Community Award
  1. Miles Hodnett
  2. The Four Monkeys
  3. "Max ̲ LG"
2024 Inductee to Brickfilmer's Guild Hall of Fame

References[]

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