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

Jason or Jill Myers, Veterinarian Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007

Pearl or Paul Brewster, Blogger Austin, Texas 2009

Luke or Laura Brown, President of a Non-Profit Organization Greensboro, North Carolina 2008

Chuck or Chelsea Raynal, Printer Asheville, North Carolina 2008


Examples of Previous Props

a mirror -- مراية Cairo, Egypt 2012


Examples of Previous Lines

That's the worst thing I've heard in my entire life. Dublin, Ireland 2013

Tell me what you know. Buffalo, New York 2010

Who wants to know? Kansas City, Missouri 2014

It is only half finished. Dundee, United Kingdom 2013

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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