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.

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

Victor or Virginia Chesterfield, Hedge Fund Manager Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014

Joe or Joanne Taylor, Nightshift Worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2007

Jack or Jasmine Bursland, Climate Activist Denver, Colorado 2019

Bobby or Betty Bulmer, Farmer/Gardener Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013


Examples of Previous Props

An extension cord Buffalo, New York 2017

a turkey baster Detroit, Michigan 2019


Examples of Previous Lines

The depth of your ignorance is deep. Seattle, Washington 2019

That's not what she said. New Haven, Connecticut 2011

I meant to tell you a few days ago. Salt Lake City, Utah 2012

Do what you want to do. New York, New York 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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