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

Jacob or Jasmine Alexander, Chef or Cook Houston, Texas 2012

Lili or Lucas Durand, President Paris, France 2009

Melvin or Melissa Lyons, Furniture Maker Portland, Maine 2008

Kyle or Kylie Cooper, Hypochondriac Tampa, Florida 2009


Examples of Previous Props

nail polish Dallas, Texas 2007

een megafoon (a megaphone) Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010

a cardboard box Buffalo, New York 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

"The book says it is important not to miss this step." Singapore 2013

"One of these days you're going to realize I'm right." Sydney, Australia 2009

"I did that last time." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007

"Ямар сонин юм бэ, ерөөсөө мартаж чадахгүй юм."
("How strange it is that I can’t forget it.")" Mongolia 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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