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MANiFEST was a brickfilming competition hosted by Ben Young on Bricks in Motion in 2021. It was the eleventh official Bricks in Motion summer contest, following the Fright and Fear Contest in 2020, and the first hosted by Young. The aim of the contest was to encourage experimentation in brickfilming, with greater freedom than the average brickfilm contest, and with entrants encouraged to consider styles or combinations of mediums that are not commonly seen in brickfilming. The contest received 30 accepted entries, which can be seen here. The name of the contest was inspired by a quote from pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, "Myth is the facts of the mind made manifest in a fiction of matter". It was followed by a second iteration of the same contest, MANiiFEST, the following year.

Judging and prizes[]

The contest was judged by a panel consisting of Seán Willis, William Osborne, Lucas Mass, and Ben Young. Like the preceding Bricks in Motion Summer contests, no formal set of judging criteria was used, but consideration was given to overall creativity, originality, and interpretation of the contest's theme and spirit.[1]

Prizes were awarded to the top three placing entrants, in a prize pool format. The three prizes available were a copy of Dragonframe 4 including Bluetooth controller, a Brickstuff Pico LED light board starter kit, and the LEGO set 31118 Surfer Beach House.[2][3]

List of all entries:

Film Name Director
The 15 FPS Bandit Dylan "Psycho Stopmotion Bros." Landes
The Citizen of the Year 2021 edit Seán Willis
Colour - Manifest Cut Jonny Gilbert & Nathaniel Fargo ("Paradox Studios")
Dancing With Nobody "Vertical Bricks"
day in the life of Johnny mconny. Kjell Danfors
Endless Chase Cody Salvesen
foreign Andrew "BlueBrick" K.
Golabi (The Pear) Shahriar Khalvati
hot dogs?? "Ziltrag"
In my mind chopping rules Ilmari Teekkinen
Interpretation Ian "Brickwood Studios" R.
jker dies "egg mcguffin"
-KINGDOM- Kaleb Barkman
LEGO Medieval Battle "Mystery Bros Films"
LEGO Outdoor Car Chase Brickfilm "QuickBrick"
low effort MANiFEST animation Tom "BrickGuffinWolffe" Torrisi
Mask "minideliciouspant"
Milking a Reindeer "Flat Earth Productions"
Orcs in space Lewis "duffosaur" Duffield
A Perfect Picnic Joshua Armell
PLANET Pogreoul Part 2 Stephen "Jedindy ANIMATION" Harrison
Plastic Puppet Theater Joshua Nelson
Plinks Rodolfo "Roody" Beguiristain
A Question Before The Board "JO Co"
Rancho - pilot unfinished scenes Stephany Melissa Alfaro Barrera
REWIND Fin "Brickmaster Studio" Krueger
the silent one "One With The Stud"
STUCK Keyaan Vegdani
Surfing On Mars "TurtleFlight Studios"
YOU & I Joel Meyer


Top 10
Place Film Name Director
1. Plastic Puppet Theater Joshua Nelson
2. STUCK Keyaan Vegdani
3. Plinks Rodolfo "Roody" Beguiristain
4. Colour - Manifest Cut Jonny Gilbert and Nathaniel Fargo ("Paradox Studios")
5. A Question Before The Board "JO Co"
6. In my mind chopping rules Ilmari Teekkinen
7. -KINGDOM- Kaleb Barkman
8. Endless Chase Cody Salvesen
9. Rancho - pilot unfinished scenes Stephany Melissa Alfaro Barrera
10. A Perfect Picnic Joshua Armell


Official Bricks in Motion competitions (2008 - Present)
Technical Excellence Competition · Space, Time, and Reality · Avant-Garde · Septemberfest 2010 · Tales of Yore · Kitchen Sink · Bricks in Motion Celebration · Darkness and Light · Septemberfest: The Citizen of the Year LIVES · Sight & Sound · Spirit of Adventure · Movie Magic · Past and Future · Fright and Fear · Septemberfest 2020 · MANiFEST · MANiiFEST · The Genre Games · Musical World

Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest · Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long · BiM Awards · Animation Challenge · EASTER

See also: Official competitions (2001 - 2008) · AniExer-size · Contrast