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

Ed or Emily Kaye, Professional Organizer Austin, Texas 2006

Peter or Penny Monkton, Linguist Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2007

Chris or Christie Bowdoen, Former Olympic Athlete Columbus, Ohio 2016

Hilda or Harold Pineda, Elected Official Asheville, North Carolina 2012


Examples of Previous Props

a bottle of wine Dallas, Texas 2010

a greeting card Madison, Wisconsin 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

I've been thinking about this for a long time. Las Vegas, Nevada 2015

There's only one way to know for sure. New Orleans, Louisiana 2012

She told me it's a secret. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013

What's in the bag? I'm hungry. Dallas, Texas 2013

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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