Classical Movie Contest
A frame from The Barber of Seville, winner of Best Film in the Classical Movie Contest
Start Date July 30, 2001
End Date September 30, 2001
Entries 10
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The Classical Movie Contest was a brickfilming contest hosted by Jason Rowoldt in 2001. It was the first successful contest ever hosted on and is the earliest known example of a brickfilming contest with no involvement from The LEGO Group. The aim of the contest was to produce a brickfilm set to a piece of classical music.

The Classical Movie Contest was followed by the Historical Fiction Contest later in the same year.


Jason Rowoldt first mentioned planning a contest on in January 2001, referring to it only as a "Shorts" film contest. On March 4, 2001, Rowoldt announced what was supposed to be the first official, named "Based on a True Story".[1] This was a contest for films based on historical events, either told accurately or fictionalised. Rowoldt later edited the announcement to say that this contest had been postponed,[2] and by May, he said it had been cancelled due to a lack of directors wishing to participate.[3] This contest idea would later be used for the second successful contest, the Historical Fiction Contest, in December 2001.

Talk of a contest resurfaced in July, with Jason urging filmers to begin thinking about classical music pieces they might like to use in a film. On July 30th, in celebration of the hundredth brickfilm posted to the site's directory, Jason launched The Classical Movie Contest.[4] The theme of this contest was to create a film that primarily featured a piece of classical music as its soundtrack and did not include spoken dialogue, in over 2 and under 5 minutes.[5] The original deadline for the contest was the 15th of September but this was later extended to September 30th.[6]

The Classical Movie Contest received 10 accepted entries,[7] and at least 2 more which were disqualified for not meeting the minimum length requirement.[8] A winning entry from each of the three categories Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Animation would be chosen from judging by the staff combined with results from a public user poll. The winner of Best Film would receive a LEGO Legends series re-issue of the 1986 set Guarded Inn while the winner of Best Cinematography would have a choice between LEGO sets 5920 Island Racer and 6711 Ogel Command Striker, with the winner of Best Animation receiving the remaining prize.[9]

List of all entries:

Film Name Director
The Barber of Seville Stefan van Zwam and Marcel van Zwam
The Briefcase X Stephen Lord
Bush: The Musical Brian Gould
Dance Lesson "Valtsu"
The Evolution of Creation Greg Perry
A Grand and Merry Chase Doug James
Haunting Gibberish Russ Jensen
Labor Union Riot Jonathan Neary
Lega Wars Ben Brenninkmeyer
Military Tattoo at Brickingham Palace Fredrik Christiansen


Listed here are the winning films in each category along with the other nominees.

Best Film
Best Cinematography Best Animation

Another notable film originally intended for entry to this contest is The Gauntlet by Jay Silver, which ultimately was not finished in time for the deadline.[10]


  1. "Based on a True Story" announcement
  2. Archive of the news section from April 2001
  3. Rowoldt speaks of the cancellation of "Based on a True Story"
  4. Archive of the news section from August 2001
  5. Announcment of the Classical Movie Contest on
  6. Archive of the news section from October 2001
  7. List of all entries to the Classical Movie Contest
  8. Directory Shorts archive
  9. All later updates regarding the Classical Movie Contest
  10. Archive of Jay Silver's website's Films page

Official competitions
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