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

Kamau or Katherine Njenga, Chef Nairobi, Kenya 2014

Debbie or Dylan Chaucer, Vacation Lodging Owner Portland, Maine 2010

Chuck or Chelsea Raynal, Printer Asheville, North Carolina 2008

Robert or Robin Leonard, Smooth Talker Miami, Florida 2009


Examples of Previous Props

a child's block Austin, Texas 2008

a portable music player Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007


Examples of Previous Lines

The whole thing was a mess. Kansas City, Missouri 2008

What's it to you, pal? Des Moines, Iowa 2008

There's only one way to know for sure. Columbus, Ohio 2014

His instructions are very clear. Salt Lake City, Utah 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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