Required Elements How It Works

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

Mark or Mary Kowalski, Outdoor Enthusiast Buffalo, New York 2009

Slick or Stella Sneed, Washed-Up Rock Star Savannah, Georgia 2013

Rosalie or Roman Rodriguez, Tightwad Albuquerque, New Mexico 2013

Sami or Rema El-Hurr, Belly Dancer Beirut, Lebanon 2011

Examples of Previous Props

a bathing suit Tampa, Florida 2010

Still Camera--cell phone NOT acceptable Mumbai, India 2014

a stuffed animal Des Moines, Iowa 2013

Examples of Previous Lines

Whatever happened to her? Tampa, Florida 2012

Bencilah buat ni, kenapa tak buat awal-awal? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2012

They will get them if we let them. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007

I can't believe you bought that one! -OR- I can not believe you bought that one! Dubai, United Arab Emirates 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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