Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from city to city, 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

Frank or Frankie June, Activist Melbourne, Australia 2012

Charles or Charlene Little, Actor Nashville, Tennessee 2009

Tony or Toni Wilson, Singer Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2010

Alex or Alexis Filbert, Champion Los Angeles, California 2009


Examples of Previous Props

recycling bin or recycling basket Orlando, Florida 2011

an urn or container with a deceased's ashes Chicago, Illinois 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

No way. Never again. Seattle, Washington 2014

It's your choice. What are you gonna do? Asheville, North Carolina 2014

My doctor says I'm not supposed to do that. Brisbane, Australia 2012

You remind me of my uncle. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014

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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