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

Jim or Jemma Gordon, Writer Sydney, Australia 2009

Andy or Anne Stirling, Journalist Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2011

John or Juanita Shold, Tourist Des Moines, Iowa 2007

Jacob or Janice Simon, Instructor Salt Lake City, Utah 2008


Examples of Previous Props

a digital camera Sydney, Australia 2008

a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014

a laptop computer Fargo, North Dakota 2009

a big pink eraser Houston, Texas 2007


Examples of Previous Lines

Go lay some tiles on the beach?" Beirut, Lebanon 2011

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

He told me not to tell anyone. Denver, Colorado 2010

Sometimes we need to clean our own mess. Mumbai, India 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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