Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.

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Examples of Previous Characters

Janine or Joe Jones, Professor Washington, District of Columbia 2018

Walter or Wendy Buckley, Locksmith Austin, Texas 2015

Uncle Paul or Aunt Paula San Antonio, Texas 2016

Shorty Mitchell, PE Teacher Jacksonville, Florida 2018


Examples of Previous Props

a photo of mom and/or dad Saint Louis, Missouri 2009


Examples of Previous Lines

How did you figure it out? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013

That's not the way we do it. Denver, Colorado 2009

I'll deal with it in the morning. Tampa, Florida 2011

When did that happen? Detroit, Michigan 2011

Required Line

The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.

Required Character

The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.

Required Prop

The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.

Adherence to Assignment

Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.

Elements in Credits Do Not Count

The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.

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