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

Art or Anna Hurst, Manager Atlanta, Georgia 2016

Bill or Belinda Amberson, Hotel Employee Detroit, Michigan 2015

Len or Lynn Pellaton, Factory Worker Cincinnati, Ohio 2009

Roosevelt or Rosie Adams, President Washington, District of Columbia 2007


Examples of Previous Props

an extension cord Columbus, Ohio 2013


Examples of Previous Lines

Why does everything always happen to me? Washington, District of Columbia 2018

"Why won't you tell me?" Little Rock, Arkansas 2017

I have been trying to tell you that. Richmond, Virginia 2015

When do you need it? Dallas, Texas 2011

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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