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

Ivan or Ivana Wright, Decorator Boston, Massachusetts 2012

Andrea or Andrew Jiblox, Bride or Groom Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008

Jeremy or Jenny Norbert/North, Politician Los Angeles, California 2011

Charlie or Charlene Bowers, Waiter/Waitress Amarillo, Texas 2016


Examples of Previous Props

a musical instrument Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2018


Examples of Previous Lines

"What just happened?" New Orleans, Louisiana 2017

"And they said it couldn't be done." OR "And they said it could not be done." Columbus, Ohio 2020

"Wow. That's impressive." OR "Wow. That is impressive." Jacksonville, Florida 2020

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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