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

Scott or Sarah Morton, Assistant Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

James or Jamesina Main, Psychotherapist Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2014

Frederick or Frieda Laino, Exchange Student Los Angeles, California 2007

Pete or Pam Peterson, Artist Portland, Oregon 2010


Examples of Previous Props


Examples of Previous Lines

Sometimes you feel like letting loose. Asheville, North Carolina 2006

You can ask her yourself. Richmond, Virginia 2009

Hey, did you hear the news? San Diego, California 2008

Even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you. Austin, Texas 2012

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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