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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

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MOVIEGUIDE
4073 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
805-383-2000 (voice)

Web: https://kairosprize.com
Email: contact@kairosprize.com

Contact: Ben Kayser, Competition Manager

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Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
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Objective

Created by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder, publisher and executive producer of MOVIEGUIDE® and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and Dr. Jack Templeton, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® announces the Kairos Prize that will help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird August 5, 2019 $50
Regular September 30, 2019 $75 9
Late October 20, 2019 $100 29
Last Call October 31, 2019 $150 40

Rules

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are many screenwriting competitions that honor wonderful, exciting and entertaining scripts, and some that honor moral scripts, but the Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays endeavors to encourage the production of feature films that are wholesome, uplifting and inspirational, and which result in a greater increase in either man's love or understanding of the one true Creator Triune God who came in the flesh and gave his life and was resurrected to save all mankind. Our intention in setting up the Guidelines and Rules of Content is to clearly define the competition so that you will be successful in your submissions. A word of warning: This competition is not for the nominalist, occult, new age, or other non-Judeo-Christian spirituality. Please read and follow these guidelines and content rules. Submissions that do not follow them may be disqualified.

  1. In selecting the winners of the contest, judges consider not only a script’s entertainment value and craftsmanship, but also whether or not the script in question is wholesome, uplifting, inspirational, spiritual, and if it teaches lessons in ethics and morality.
  2. Furthermore, the judges consider whether the script is primarily spiritual, rather than merely humanitarian, and whether it resulted in a dramatic increase in either man's love or understanding of God. Considering this, the judges will decide whether the script communicates God's wisdom and infinite love in new, effective, and creative ways, thereby helping people understand the relationship of the one true Creator Triune God.
  3. The script must be suitable for a G and PG rating and should be entirely free of foul language.
  4. In this regard, is it okay to have a spiritually uplifting dramatic script which hints, for example, that the person became a criminal or prostitute but repented by finding Christ? Of course.
  5. The script may be allegorical but must refer implicitly or explicitly to Christian and/or biblical principles, values, virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible, the Triune God of the Bible, and/or Jesus. To define this more clearly, judges will take into account the criteria that Movieguide® uses to evaluate films and television programs. These criteria include looking at each script:
    • Aesthetically by looking at the artistic value of the script, and by looking at how well the script is written.
    • Emotively by looking at how it captures and amuses the audience as entertainment and amusement.
    • Semantically by looking at the individual elements and their meanings, just as many parents do.
    • Syntactically by looking at how the elements come together and how the characters relate to each other, just as many teenagers and young adults do.
    • Propositionally by looking at what the script is communicating, as summarized in its premise.
    • Generically by comparing it to other scripts in its genre.
    • Thematically by looking at the themes that are present in the script.
    • Morally by looking at its moral perspective and content.
    • Biblically by looking at the biblical perspective and principles in the script.
    • Systematically by looking at how the script relates to other scripts.
    • Intellectually by looking at how the script fulfills its goals and premise.
    • Sociologically by looking at how the script relates to culture and society.
    • Politically by looking at the political perspective of the script.
    • Cognitively by looking at the age group to whom the script is marketed, the age group for whom it is suitable, and how it will impact a particular age group.
    • Psychologically by looking at how the script deals with mind and soul.
    • Historically by looking at how accurate the script is in presenting history.
    • Sexually by looking at how the script deals with sex and sexual relationships.
    • Philosophically by looking at the philosophical perspective and worldview of the script.
    • Ontologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of being.
    • Epistemologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of knowing.
    • Spiritually by looking at how the script deals with God, faith, and religion.
  6. The script must adhere to the short form of the Motion Picture Code:The basic dignity and value of human life shall be respected and upheld. Restraint shall be exercised in portraying the taking of life. Evil, sin, crime, and wrongdoing shall not be justified. Detailed and protracted acts of brutality, cruelty, physical violence, torture, and abuse, shall not be presented. Indecent or undue exposure of the human body shall not be presented. Illicit sex relationships shall not be justified. Intimate sex scenes violating common standards of decency shall not be portrayed. Restraint and care shall be exercised in presentations dealing with sex aberrations. Obscene speech, gestures, or movements shall not be presented. Undue profanity shall not be presented. Religion shall not be demeaned. Words or symbols contemptuous of racial, religious, or national groups, shall not be used so as to incite bigotry or hatred. Excessive cruelty to animals shall not be portrayed and animals shall not be treated inhumanely.

Awards

The Kairos Prize not only offers a substantial cash prize of $15,000 for both new and established screenwriters, but it gets your screenplay into the hands of top studio executives and production houses looking to purchase inspiring scripts.

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Contact

MOVIEGUIDE
4073 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
805-383-2000 (voice)

Web: https://kairosprize.com
Email: contact@kairosprize.com

Contact: Ben Kayser, Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Contact

MOVIEGUIDE
4073 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
805-383-2000 (voice)

Web: https://kairosprize.com
Email: contact@kairosprize.com

Contact: Ben Kayser, Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Kairos Prize Semifinalists Announced

While there is no lack of up-and-coming young screenwriters pitching Hollywood with their scripts for what they are sure is the next big blockbuster, the John Templeton Foundation $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritual Uplifting Screenplays is seeing to it that screenplays truly worth consideration receive that once-in-a-lifetime chance. Of the hundreds of scripts submitted for the competition, thirty-one semi-finalists have been selected. From these, the top three best scripts will be announced at the 15th Annual Movieguide® Faith and Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, hosted by John Ratzenberger.

This year's semi-finalists are:

A MIRACLE ON 125TH STREET By Cheryl E. Greene

POWER OF PRAYER By Steve Jager

BY MIGHT AND POWER By Daniel S. Elliott

SAMOBOR SANCTUARY By Nancy Schalm

CHAPLAIN COHEN By Ethan Goldman

SARAH'S GIFT By Stan Himes

CHEERS & LAUGHTER By R. Wyatt Scott

SILENT NIGHT By John P. Wolff

COWBOY By Staci Stallings

SILENT RESCUE By Patricia McGoldrick

DAMASCUS By Sharon A. Baker

SOLDIER OF THE LIGHT By Stephen F. Taylor

DOUBTING THOMAS By John L. Martins III

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS By David A. Wesner

HEARTS OF WAX By Leslie Ruth Damude

TEACH THEM TO FISH By Mimi Stuart Armstrong

HOME PLACE By Deana Costner

THE ANGEL GABRIEL By Carolyn Haywood

HOPE NOW By Skin Mead

THE ANGEL OF BORDEAUX By Joseph J. Avella

JULIUS By Byron Smythe

THE GIFT By Jeffrey M. Harvey

JUST MERCY By Jeffrey Gator Henry, Robert McCrea and Peter Coleman

THE MAN IN THE ALLEY By Lisa Kirazian

LITTLE ACCIDENTS By Calix Lewis Reneau

THE WIND KNOWS MY NAME By Claudia Kim Wolfkind

MARTYR By Brian J. Martin

UNLIMITED By David de Vos

ONE LAST CHANCE By J. Robb Kelley

WILD MONTANA SKY By Debra Holland

OTHER PEOPLE'S KIDS By Shelley D. Terrel

"Once again, we've been overwhelmed by the quality and creativity of the scripts submitted for this competition," said Dr. Ted Baehr, president of Movieguide® and the Christian Film & Television Commission, which awards the prize in conjunction with the Templeton Foundation. "With more scripts like these arriving every year, I'm very excited for the future of the film industry, that we can once again have choices at the box office that are both good quality films, with wholesome morals and values."

More important than the prize money for these scriptwriters is the very real opportunity their screenplays will have to be considered by the top studios in Hollywood. Names like Dick Cook (Disney), Penney Finkleman Cox (Sony Animation), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks) and Amy Pascal (Columbia Pictures), are just the tip of the iceberg of studio executives and producers who have signed up to take a look at the Kairos Prize winning entries. Last year's winner, JOHN, THE REVELATOR, by David M. Anthony, is still in process and could be just the beginning in a long line of new Christian blockbusters.

Specific criteria for the script contest described screenplays that are wholesome, uplifting and inspirational, and which result in a greater increase in either man's love for or understanding of "the one true creator God," similar to the famous Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. The John Templeton Foundation $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays includes a $25,000 grand prize and runner-up awards of $15,000 and $10,000 each.

The top three winners will be announced by Dr. Baehr and Dr. Templeton at the Movieguide® Awards Gala, where more than 200 top executives, filmmakers and celebrities will be in attendance. In addition to his annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, Dr. Baehr will also announce the Top Ten Films for Families and the Top Ten Films for Mature Audiences, as well as the Grace Awards for exemplifying God's grace and mercy toward us as human beings through their performances in a movie and television program, and the Templeton-sponsored Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Film and Television Program.

Updated: 02/05/2007
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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Contact

MOVIEGUIDE
4073 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
805-383-2000 (voice)

Web: https://kairosprize.com
Email: contact@kairosprize.com

Contact: Ben Kayser, Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 16    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

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Updated: 07/24/2014

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter David (Nicholas) Hartmann

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Updated: 09/28/2012

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Graham Moes

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Updated: 05/04/2006

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter David Anthony

An interview with screenwriter David Anthony regarding the Kairos Prize Writing Competition.

Updated: 05/04/2006
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