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

Rita or Rick Hernandez, Doctor San Diego, California 2010

Thierry or Tami Bison, Interior Decorator New Orleans, Louisiana 2011

Joe or Jeannie Mandanda, Municipal Employee Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2010

Van or Vanessa Saskia, Carpenter Seattle, Washington 2010


Examples of Previous Props

a black marker Beirut, Lebanon 2014

a three-ring binder Louisville, Kentucky 2009

a mirror -- مراية Cairo, Egypt 2012


Examples of Previous Lines

She is the only one who knows. San Antonio, Texas 2014

What is that supposed to mean? Lynchburg, Virginia 2014

From now on, I call the shots. Inland Empire, California 2012

I've been there. You don't want to go. Saint Louis, Missouri 2008

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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