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

Clay or Claire Vernon, Help Desk Representative Austin, Texas 2017

Nathan or Nancy Thomas, Writer Greensboro, North Carolina 2019

Owen or Olivia Castleton, Waiter/Waitress Madison, Wisconsin 2016

Jim or Jana Davis, Coach Des Moines, Iowa 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a coffee pot or coffee maker Providence, Rhode Island 2009

Headphones or Ear Buds Minneapolis, Minnesota 2017


Examples of Previous Lines

You gotta give me something to work with. Fargo, North Dakota 2009

What would your mother say? San Antonio, Texas 2016

“Try it. What have you got to lose?” Columbus, Ohio 2015

Cool it. I know what I'm doing. Orlando, Florida 2010

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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