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

Walt or Wendy Abrams, Boat Owner Orlando, Florida 2008

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

Rob or Rhonda Ward, door to door salesperson Lynchburg, Virginia 2014

Virginia or Vince Young, Chili Contest Winner Cincinnati, Ohio 2016


Examples of Previous Props

a wrapped gift Austin, Texas 2016

A family heirloom Las Vegas, Nevada 2015


Examples of Previous Lines

What would your mother say? San Antonio, Texas 2016

So, what's your story. Kansas City, Missouri 2009

Can you keep a secret? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017

Have you ever seen anything like it? Saint Louis, Missouri 2009

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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