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The Spirit of Adventure Contest was a brickfilming competition hosted by Seán Willis on Bricks in Motion. It was the seventh Bricks in Motion summer contest, following the Sight & Sound Contest in 2016 and the only to be hosted by Willis, after he took over as administrator of the site earlier in 2017. It was followed by the Movie Magic Contest in 2018.


With the Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long Contest becoming an official Bricks in Motion competition in 2017, a vote was held to determine whether it would overlap with the next summer contest as it had with previous summer contests, or if the summer contest would be delayed until after BRAWL. The vote decided that the overlap would remain.[1]

The Spirit of Adventure Contest was announced on the 5th of June 2017 with a deadline of September 10. The rules remained largely the same as the Sight & Sound contest, with a minimum time limit of one minute. The contest was sponsored by Dragonframe, Brickstuff and The LEGO Animation Book.

The theme of the contest was intended to focus more on story than the previous two Bricks in Motion summer contests, which had centered primarily around more technical aspects. The theme was decided in collaboration with Nathan Wells, who also named the contest. Philip Heinrich also provided assistance in the making of the contest.[2]

List of all entries:

Film Name Director
Alain Clément Persicot
Bob And Randy E2 - The Pirate Ship Internship Chris Major
COLORBLIND Shawarma Studios
Curse of the Blue Angel 3 "Pia Films"
The Embodiment of Adventure "Undershadow"
Horse Brother Joseph Orr
Imagination Caleb "caleb'sbricks" Huizinga
A Journey Through Bullets Luke "Lunatic Productions" O'Looney
Journey to the Centre of the Brick - Part 1 Richard Van De Steenoven
Legends of the Highlands Stéphane Triquoit
LEGO Cave Creature's Great Adventure Zachary "ZG Brickfilms" Gutherman
LEGO Hiking Adventure Eric "Leung Studios" Leung
Makaveli "Kreal"
The Quest "Plastic Point Productions"
Quest for Life "Legoander"
Quest for the Silver Chicken Part 8 "Angel Hair"
The Shiny Knight "MrPelluke"
The Space Voyage "Stop Motion Hero"
Spirit of Adventure Nate Swihart
Spirit of Adventure Alexander "RenfefilM studio" Ershov
Spirit of the West "rioforce"
To the Moon Nathan Mellace
The Underground Tunnel Philip "Stopmotion Philms" Bronson
Wayward Tides William Osborne

Judging and prizes[]

The contest was judged by a panel consisting of Seán Willis, Philip Heinrich, Bruno Lefèvre, Dave Pickett and Dave "Big Monkey" Smith. The judging system remained the same as preceding contests, with no formal set of criteria and the top ten rankings being released. The results were announed on October 18.[3]

There was a prize pool available to the top three ranking films. The available prizes were a copy of Dragonframe 4 with the recently introduced Bluetooth controller, a Brickstuff Pico LED light board starter kit and a sealed copy of 21305 Maze. All winners additionally received a digital copy of Bricks in Motion: The Documentary.

A new addition to the contest was the Promising Director Prize. This was for a newer or less experienced entrant who was showing great promise. The prize was a copy of The LEGO Animation Book signed by the authors, David Pagano and Dave Pickett.


Top 10
Place Film Name Director
1. Quest for Life Silent Frames
2. Horse Brother Joseph Orr
3. Spirit of Adventure Nate Swihart
4. To the Moon Nathan Mellace
5. The Embodiment of Adventure "Undershadow"
6. Wayward Tides William Osborne
7. Bob And Randy E2 - The Pirate Ship Internship Chris Major
8. Alain Clément Persicot
9. COLORBLIND Shawarma Studios
10. Spirit of Adventure Alexander "RenfefilM studio" Ershov

The winner of the Promising Direcor prize was Makaveli by "Kreal".


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