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

Wendell or Wendy Tancuzo, Executive Director Madison, Wisconsin 2017

Hannah or Harland Rock, Rebel Austin, Texas 2018

Daniel or Daniella Slovatch, Recycling Expert Indianapolis, Indiana 2021

Bert or Bertha George, Gardener Louisville, Kentucky 2009


Examples of Previous Props

headphones or earbuds Saint Louis, Missouri 2022

A penny or pennies San Antonio, Texas 2019


Examples of Previous Lines

You've got to earn it. San Jose, California 2010

You would not believe what I just saw. Inland Empire, California 2014

I?ll take anything I can get.? Little Rock, Arkansas 2006

Who told you life would be fair? Baltimore, Maryland 2010

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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