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

Mabel or Matthew Kotik, Gardener New Orleans, Louisiana 2009

Adriaan Stemmet or Amy Stemmet, Detective Cape Town, South Africa 2014

Alex or Ashley Mahoney. Tour Guide San Francisco, California 2014

Dan or Dana Fox, HR Indianapolis, Indiana 2013


Examples of Previous Props

a trash can/waste basket Portland, Maine 2013

a roll of toilet paper Cincinnati, Ohio 2008

a cardboard box Dallas, Texas 2014


Examples of Previous Lines

I would prefer not to. Indianapolis, Indiana 2011

I have no choice. Portland, Maine 2012

What can I say? It's the best. San Francisco, California 2014

When are you going to clean up this mess? San Francisco, California 2006

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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