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

Charlie or Charlotte Lavamore, Hypochondriac Orlando, Florida 2017

Edwin or Eliana Marshall, Pandemic Consultant Detroit, Michigan 2020

Peter or Penelope Knoll, Auctioneer Atlanta, Georgia 2022

Rob or Robina Hatch, Security Consultant Nashville, Tennessee 2008


Examples of Previous Props

Headphones or earbuds Seattle, Washington 2021

A coffee cup or mug--not disposable Boston, Massachusetts 2021


Examples of Previous Lines

“You get what you pay for.” New Orleans, Louisiana 2015

I meant to tell you a few days ago. Portland, Maine 2021

"What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?" OR "What is the worst thing you did as a kid?" Cleveland, Ohio 2019

I'm fixing to get started. Greensboro, North Carolina 2008

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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