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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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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)
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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 38
Late October 20, 2019 $100 58
Last Call October 31, 2019 $150 69

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    
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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

2007 Kairos Prize Winners Announced



Los Angeles, Feb. 21, 2007 - Last night's Movieguide® Faith and Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, hosted by John Ratzenberger, saw the top four scripts in the John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays honored for their creativity and insight into spirituality. The top three winners will share the $50,000 total prize package, and all will have their scripts read by major industry executives.

The Grand Prize winner is CHEERS & LAUGHTER, by R. Wyatt Scott of Jacksonville, Fla. Scott will receive $25,000 of the prize money and will have a very real chance of selling CHEERS & LAUGHTER to a major studio.

First and Second Runners Up will receive $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, and have a similar chance for consideration. Daniel S. Elliott of Rochester, Minn., was First Runner Up with his submission BY MIGHT AND POWER, and Stan Himes of West Des Moines, Iowa, was Second Runner Up with SARAH'S GIFT. Honorable mention went to UNLIMITED by David de Vos of La Crescenta, Calif.

"We couldn't be more pleased for our winners, and the world of opportunity that has now been opened up to them," said Dr. Ted Baehr, president of Movieguide® and the Christian Film & Television Commission, which awards the prize in conjunction with the Templeton Foundation. "This is what this competition is really all about - having great scripts with spiritually uplifting themes developed into films, giving audiences everywhere more of the types of movies they truly enjoy, making it a win-win for both Hollywood and the movie-going public."

One year out from the inaugural competition, last year's winner, David Anthony, has tentatively sold his script, JOHN, THE REVELATOR, to Pure Flix Entertainment, with Anthony as director. In addition, he has been hired by Pure Flix Entertainment to rewrite the end-times script MOSSAD, based on a story by author/pastor John Hagee. Heather Hughes, last year's First Runner Up for her script COINCIDENTAL MIRACLES, has signed with ICM, one of the most prestigious talent agencies in the U.S., and she is very close to signing a deal for the sale of her prize-winning entry.

These happenings illustrate the most important part of winning this competition for the writers - the very real opportunity their screenplays will have to be considered by the top studios in Hollywood. Names like Dick Cook (Disney), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks) and Amy Pascal (Columbia Pictures), are a few of the important studio executives and producers who have signed up to take a look at the Kairos Prize winning entries.

Specific criteria for the contest describe 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.

More than 200 top executives, filmmakers and celebrities were in attendance at the gala last evening. In addition to his annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, Dr. Baehr announced 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: 02/27/2007
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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    
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