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

Stephen or Stephanie Dufour, Wedding Planner Seattle, Washington 2011

Laura or Lance Munstead, Waiter Cincinnati, Ohio 2020

Chris or Christina Murray, Blogger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012

Diego or Donna Suarez, Inventor San Francisco, California 2020


Examples of Previous Props

A coffee cup or mug--not disposable Boston, Massachusetts 2021

a pair of scissors Seattle, Washington 2018


Examples of Previous Lines

"I know that face and I don't like it." OR "I know that face and I do not like it." Madison, Wisconsin 2020

There's nothing like it, is there? New Orleans, Louisiana 2007

It's not what you think it is. Saint Louis, Missouri 2014

I asked you not to do that. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2014

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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