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

Meg or Miles Madigan, Magician Salt Lake City, Utah 2011

Paul or Paula Schwarz, Preacher Cincinnati, Ohio 2006

Carson or Carly Benedetta, artist Savannah, Georgia 2019

Jordan or Jada Ervington, Real Estate Agent San Francisco, California 2018


Examples of Previous Props

knife, fork and spoon Richmond, Virginia 2017

a box of tissues San Antonio, Texas 2015


Examples of Previous Lines

When are you going to clean up this mess?? San Francisco, California 2006

"If you never try, you'll never know" OR "If you never try, you will never know." Los Angeles, California 2019

I looked at it a long time before I saw it. Portland, Oregon 2014

Stop copying me! Denver, Colorado 2018

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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