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

Marty or Mary Quinzani, Second-in-Command Boston, Massachusetts 2009

Seth or Sarah Washington, Driver Inland Empire, California 2011

Dave or Diane Pellaton, President Detroit, Michigan 2011

Charles or Carla Hollandaise, Plastic Surgeon New Haven, Connecticut 2014


Examples of Previous Props

a little black book Brisbane, Australia 2010


Examples of Previous Lines

You can't leave without making a decision. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2011

I'm taking it one day at a time. Washington, District of Columbia 2011

You know what they say. Cincinnati, Ohio 2007

There's not enough time. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2011

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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