Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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

Frank or Frankie Mooney, DJ Minneapolis, Minnesota 2006

Kevin or Kristen Browning, Runner Louisville, Kentucky 2008

G. Goforth, Competitive Eating Contestant Boston, Massachusetts 2006

Nathan or Nathalie Brown, Backpacker Denver, Colorado 2009


Examples of Previous Props

a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014


Examples of Previous Lines

Who said that? Buffalo, New York 2017

If at first you don't succeed...you know the rest. Des Moines, Iowa 2007

You ask a lot of questions. Chicago, Illinois 2018

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