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The High Adventure Theatre Contest was a brickfilming contest hosted by Joshua Leasure (with later additional assistance from Todd Thuma)[1] in 2004. The aim of the contest was to make a brickfilm featuring an adventure of any kind. It was the fifth official contest and the first of three to be hosted in conjunction with BrickFest. It was preceded by the A Peculiar Event Contest and followed by the Heroes and Villains Contest.


In March 2004, Joshua Leasure was contacted by the organiser of BrickFest, Christina Hitchcock, about taking over the animation festival portion of the convention.[2] The animation festival had been hosted by BrickFest employee Todd Thuma starting in 2002, but he had decided to step down from hosting after the BrickFest PDX convention, which took place in February 2004.[3] Leasure took this opportunity to combine BrickFest's animation festival with the official contests, to give BrickFest more entries and to provide a live and different audience to the members of Leasure had already been planning a contest with an adventure theme after noticing how few adventure brickfilms were in the directory,[4] and so the High Adventure Theatre Contest became his first contest hosted in conjunction with BrickFest.

High Adventure Theatre was the fifth official contest and was announced by Joshua Leasure on April 15 2004, two months after the end of the A Peculiar Event Contest. Entries had a maximum time limit of 10 minutes and were required to be suitable for a general audience so they could be screened at BrickFest. Copyrighted material was not allowed because, in a first for the contests, all entries would be compiled onto a DVD to be sold on The deadline of the contest was August 2, 2004.[5] Based on a suggestion from David West,[6] a small sub-competition for trailers for the entries was considered,[7] though it ultimately did not occur (but trailers for entries were still encouraged).[8] The trailer sub-competition idea would be fully realised for the Heroes and Villains Contest the next year.[9]

The High Adventure Theatre Contest received 21 entries.[10] Although it was originally intended that all entries would be screened at BrickFest 2004, the BrickFest organisers imposed a 60-minute time limit on the animation screening. Leasure and a team of staff members voted on a selection of films to show within the time limit, and came to a selection of eight, with the order being decided through the use of a randomiser.[11] However, the total was later brought to nine as one entrant, Curt Werline, attended the festival and asked about the absence of his film, leading to it being added.


Fred's Day at the BrickFest 2004 screening

BrickFest 2004 took place on the weekend of August 13-15, 2004. Joshua Leasure was originally supposed to run the animation screening, but a family function prevented him from attending the convention, so Todd Thuma volunteered to take over. It was planned that on the Saturday there would be one scheduled screening of the chosen films followed by the public vote, but various events ran over time, and this screening had to be cancelled. As the films were scheduled to loop for four repeat screenings on the Sunday, it was decided that the Audience Choice ballots would be left in the screening room to be filled out throughout the day, so that the award would not have to be scrapped.[12]

List of all entries:

Film Name Director
About A Face Alan "Amped" Menhennet
The Adventure Machine "LEGO Guy"/"LG"
Alabama Jones and the Lost Topping of Doom Curt Werline
Aladibababad Leftfield Studios
Always Obey the Signs "tma films"
Daedalus and Icarus Stefan van Zwam
Eye of Aphrodite Mark Wanninger
The Factory Fix Stephen Nolen and Austin Nolen
Fred's Day Billy Gribbin
The Golden Elephant Dirk Boettcher
The Green Dragon Nathan "LGM" Dunlap
Imagine That! Rachel Dew
Lost Cornelius Koch
Rohaddey Viljami Teekkinen and Ilmari Teekkinen
The Royal Tournament Keith "KSK" Kirchoff
Sai the Magic Word Nate Burr
Security Nights Richard "Count Orlock" Chavez
Speed Demon! Nick Maniatis
The Star of Five Treasures Nathaniel "HenBricks" Hendricks
Seeing Red Brendan Henry

Judging and prizes[]


The High Adventure Theatre DVD cover, designed by Zach Stanley. The DVD also featured a 3D intro animated by Michael J. Green.[13]

Judging was handled in much the same way as the A Peculiar Event Contest, with a committee narrowing down the selection to ten films before passing it over to a public vote. Anybody who was a Patron 24fps or higher, a member of the review panel, or an entrant who had not been nominated was allowed to submit a ballot ranking the ten films in the categories of Story and Presentation, with each category counting towards 50% of a film's final score.[14]

In a first for the contests, the prizes were offered in a prize pool format rather than tying a specific prize to each place. The prize pool consisted of a copy of the animation software Stop-Motion Pro, the LEGO set 9293 Community Workers, and an AKG D60S microphone. Also, the sisters Kim and Esmerelda Buccaneer would once again award a Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 to who they chose as a promising young director. The winner of the BrickFest Audience Choice Award would receive a copy of the High Adventure Theatre DVD and one Brickfilms 'film strip' t-shirt,[13] and Todd Thuma also mentioned a set of engraved bricks as a prize for this award.[12]


Top 10[]

Place Film Name Director
1.[15] Aladibababad Leftfield Studios
2. Daedalus and Icarus Stefan van Zwam
3. Imagine That! Rachel Dew
4. Fred's Day Billy Gribbin
5. The Factory Fix Stephen Nolen and Austin Nolen
Sai the Magic Word Nate Burr
7. Seeing Red Brendan Henry
8. The Green Dragon Nathan "LGM" Dunlap
9. Eye of Aphrodite Mark Wanninger
10. Lost Cornelius Koch

BrickFest Audience Choice Award[]

Joshua Leasure had sent 30 ballot sheets to BrickFest for the Audience Choice vote (a rather small number when compared to the overall audience), and all 30 were filled in.[12] The winner of the vote was Aladibababad by Leftfield Studios.[16]

Listed here are the entries that were screened during the festival, in the order they were sent in:[11]

Film Name Director
Daedalus and Icarus Stefan van Zwam
Fred's Day Billy Gribbin
The Factory Fix Stephen Nolen and Austin Nolen
Imagine That! Rachel Dew
Sai the Magic Word Nate Burr
Eye of Aphrodite Mark Wanninger
Aladibababad Leftfield Studios
The Green Dragon Nathan Dunlap
Alabama Jones and the Lost Topping of Doom Curt Werline

The Sisters' Awards[]

'The Sisters Award' for promising young director went to The Star of Five Treasures by Nathaniel Hendricks. Additionally, although not mentioned in the contest announcement, they presented 'The Mr. Rogers Award' to their favourite voice actor, with a LEGO set as the prize. This award went to Nathaniel Hendricks' sister,[17] Mary Eliza Hendricks, for her role in The Star of Five Treasures.[18]


Official competitions (2001 - 2008)
Classical Movie Contest · Historical Fiction Contest · Words of Wisdom Contest · A Peculiar Event Contest · High Adventure Theatre Contest · Heroes and Villains Contest · Ten Lines Contest · Fame, Infamy, and Glory Contest · E.A.S.T.E.R. Festival · Inventions, Discoveries and Extraordinary Achievements Contest · Friendships and Rivalries Contest · Brickfilms Challenge Series

See also: Official Bricks in Motion competitions (2008 - Present) · Official by Brick à Brack competitions (2023 - Present)