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

John or Joyce Jansen, Investigator San Diego, California 2014

Bob or Bobbi West, Babysitter Buffalo, New York 2011

Mark or Mandy Davis, Critic Albuquerque, New Mexico 2012

Trey or Trista Gallup, Actor Baltimore, Maryland 2021


Examples of Previous Props

headphones or earbuds Buffalo, New York 2019

Photo, drawing or painting of a deceased relative Austin, Texas 2006


Examples of Previous Lines

"Now it's your turn." or "Now it is your turn." Nashville, Tennessee 2019

When do you want to eat? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2021

You can always change your name. Tampa, Florida 2021

We need to get going. Nashville, Tennessee 2012

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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