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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?
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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 Announces Contest Semifinalists

The annual $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays (sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation) has announced 32 semifinalists for this year's competition. The three winners - who will share the $50,000 prize - will be announced at the 16th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 12.

The semifinalists are:

"A Dog for Sally," by Douglas Cloud; Searcy, Ark.
"A Moment of Silence," by Anthony J. Marzano; Eustis, Fla.
"Angels on Earth," by Caroline Friday; Marietta, Ga.
"The Benefactor's Son," by Christina Parker; Melbourne, Australia
"Breaking Free," by Caroline Friday; Marietta, Ga.
"Cross of the Savage," by Joseph Crouch; Los Angeles
"Dasher & Dancer," by Steve Ellis; Humble, Texas
"December Story," by William Jack Sibley; San Antonio, Texas
"Dogwood and Sycamore," by William Gebby; Indianapolis
"Drum Reed," by Edward Gillespie; Trumbull, Conn.
"Fool of Grace," by Heather D. Waters; Alpharetta, Ga.
"The Gift," by Jeremy Hoffpauir; Fort Worth, Texas
"Glory Man," by Dennis J. Hassell; Toronto, Ontario
"Hallelujah Anyhow," by Martin D. Hooks; Oklahoma City
"Hearts of Wax," by Leslie Ruth Damude; London, Ontario
"If by Chance," by Guy W. Forest; San Pedro, Calif.
"The Miracle of Edith Stein," by Chris DelliCarpini; Los Angeles
"Other People's Kids," by S.D. Terrell; Detroit
"Pieces of Eight," by Tommy Wood and Marc Benton; Lawrenceville, Ga.
"Power & Pride," by Jeff Evans; Gold River, Calif.
"The Sacred Fire," by Mark Villano; Hamden, Conn.
"Sanctuary," by Kendra Prince; Fort Worth, Texas
"Stairways," by James G. Rogers; St. Davids, Penn.
"Struck," by Mark Littleton; Gladstone, Mo.
"Through Fire and Water," by Steve Snow and Brent Laffoon; Los Angeles
"To the Ice," by Ruth Ellen Johnson; Huntington Beach, Calif.
"Touched," by Rusty Whitener; Pulaski, Virg.
"Underground Railroad," by Catherine E. Cook; Los Angeles
"What's a Girl to Do?," by Janet L. Folger; Fort Lauderdale
"The Widower," by Ryan LaForge; Atlanta
"Wishland," by Kevin Lasit; Fremont, Calif.
"The Wrong Bus," by John Hampton; Palm Springs, Calif.


In addition to the $50,000 prize, which already sets the contest apart from other screenwriting competitions, the top three winners will have their scripts reviewed by major studio executives, including the likes of Disney's Dick Cook and Dreamworks' Jeffrey Katzenberg. Many writers in Hollywood work for years to have that opportunity - and it often never happens.

The winners will be flown to Hollywood for the 16th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 12, attended by more than 200 top executives, filmmakers and celebrities. The Templeton Foundation-sponsored Epiphany Prize winners will also be announced at the event, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

More information about the competition is available at www.kairosprize.com. A comprehensive understanding of the type of scripts the Kairos Prize will be awarding can be found in Dr. Ted Baehr's book, "So You Want to Be in Pictures," available at www.movieguide.org.

The Kairos Prize was established as a result of Sir John Templeton's long-held belief that the media - and specifically the entertainment media - plays a role in how individuals form their ideas about morality and spirituality. He determined that individuals and companies should be encouraged to produce entertainment with positive messages about faith and values.

Updated: 01/15/2008
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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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