Required Elements How It Works

Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements

At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.

These elements must be included in your film.

The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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

Dennis or Denise Merino, Mathematician Houston, Texas 2018

Ed or Emily Kaye, Professional Organizer Austin, Texas 2006

Josh or Jocelyn Accrodo, Barista Inland Empire, California 2013

Frank or Frankie Riordan, Student Kansas City, Missouri 2015


Examples of Previous Props

a dollar bill Houston, Texas 2013

an urn or container with a deceased's ashes Chicago, Illinois 2008


Examples of Previous Lines

Who died and made you king? Greensboro, North Carolina 2015

"Where did you hear that?" Atlanta, Georgia 2017

It's just like my mother always said. Greensboro, North Carolina 2006

I'll go back and check. San Antonio, Texas 2009

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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