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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

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

Contact: Michael Trent, Competition Manager
MovieBytes Interview: Michael Trent

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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 1, 2018 $50 41
Regular October 1, 2018 $75 102
Late November 1, 2018 $100 133

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
1151 Avenida Acaso
Camarillo, CA 93012
(760) 687-9960 (voice)

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

Contact: Michael Trent, Competition Manager
MovieBytes Interview: Michael Trent

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Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Contact

MOVIEGUIDE
1151 Avenida Acaso
Camarillo, CA 93012
(760) 687-9960 (voice)

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

Contact: Michael Trent, Competition Manager
MovieBytes Interview: Michael Trent

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Movieguide Names Kairos Contest Winners

North Star by William Gebby has been named the winner of the Kairos Prize for Beginning Screenwriters. The script is about an emotionally cold Quakeress who learns to love after she rescues an eight year-old runaway slave. The Kairos Pro Prize for Established Screenwriters has been awarded to Alexandra Boylan for her scirpt Switched, which is about a woman who is tired of turning the other cheek. When she prays that her nemesis, the Queen Bee of social media, would know what it’s like to walk a day in her shoes, her prayer is answered in an unexpected way when they switch identities.

Updated: 02/13/2018

Kairos Prize Announces Finalists

The Kairos Prize has announced the top 10 finalists for the Ninth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters.

Updated: 01/31/2014

Kairos Announces Semifinalists

Fifty-five semifinalists have been announced for the 8th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

Updated: 01/22/2013

MOVIEGUIDE® Announces Kairos Prize Winners

The 18th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala wrapped up its awards presentation Tuesday night, February 23rd, and handed out more than $300,000 in cash prizes, including $25,000 to Dwight Carlson and Gregory Carlson for their Kairos Award-winning Screenplay, The Good Doctor.

Updated: 02/25/2010

Twelve Finalists Named for $50,000 Kairos Prize Screenplay Competition

MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment announced its short list of twelve finalists for the 5th Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by first-time and beginning screenwriters, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented by MOVIEGUIDE®.

Updated: 02/10/2010

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Contact

MOVIEGUIDE
1151 Avenida Acaso
Camarillo, CA 93012
(760) 687-9960 (voice)

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

Contact: Michael Trent, Competition Manager
MovieBytes Interview: Michael Trent

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Graham Moes

An interview with screenwriter Graham Moes regarding the Kairos Prize Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "Men of Iron." It's an adaptation of the Howard Pyle classic adventure tale of the same name. The story follows a teenage boy forced to survive life at a medieval combat academy in order to become a knight and rise to a level he's able to fight the powerful earl who's forced the kid's family into hiding. Failure will mean his father's execution for treason by King Henry IV. So it's a swashbuckler that could be rated anything from PG to R depending on how the violence is handled. I see it as a family film, the sort of thing Disney was doing in the early '60s with "Kidnapped," "Swiss Family Robinson," etc. There's a little Harry Potter "fish out of water" boarding school angst... A little romance... History... But essentially it's a coming-of-age action story.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I was familiar with Movieguide, but somehow my wife ended up hearing about the competition before I did. Given the family-film potential of the story, I thought it would be a good fit with what they and The Templeton Foundation want to accomplish with this prize. I guess they thought so too. I've entered this in a handful of competitions, some big, some lesser known. It's never finished lower than an honorable mention. Highest before this was top-five in a pool of 3,000-plus entries. Contests aren't sales, but at least you know you're on the right track.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Very much so. Great, easy to reach people. The award included a gala awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, same venue as the Golden Globes. Complete with red carpet walk past the flashing camera bulbs, dinner and champagne, and the chance to rub elbows with some pretty big-time producers and stars. I shared the press room backstage with Paige Hemmis from Extreme Makeover: Home Improvement, which was fairly cool in itself. I've received most of the extras that come with the award already. Certainly all the big ones, including the money and industry exposure.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: I entered two scripts. They sent written coverage on the one that didn't make the cut. Obviously done by a reader with industry experience, because it was really complete. Feedback on "Men of Iron" was the win I suppose. The organizers, of course, were on hand to give their reactions to the script and why it did well in their eyes. So yes, all very helpful stuff.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I landed a manager after the first contest I tried. The problem with this script is its timing. With the last few swashbucklers from "King Arthur" on down underperforming, I really think we're going to have to wait for the genre cycle to come back around, which it will. The Kairos win has it in the hands of four or five studio heads, but I haven't heard anything back yet. But it's still early. Based on the award fallout, I have received few calls and email from a few people interested in developing projects. Nothing solid yet but things are moving in the right direction.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I've written two, this one and a true-story western based on the Montana vigilante movement that gave birth to the state. My day job is staff writer for The Clovis Independent newspaper in the Fresno area. Been doing it for a few years now, and I've found the whole deadline-driven environment and need to cut to fit for space requirements -- even the need to be compelling in hard news writing -- has really helped hone my screenwriting skills. Living abroad as a teen helped broaden my perspective too. Quite a culture shock moving from rural Montana to Sweden for two years at the impressionable age of 15.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in L.A. for eight years before I just burned out on it. Totally drains your creativity and keeps you locked into a certain mindset not conducive to maintaining your own voice. At least for me. I have friends who totally disagree. The Central Valley is an easy three-hour drive to Southern California and that's about as close as I'm willing to get. Better to live where you're in a good place mentally and spiritually. Maybe you'll have to spend more on gas or airfare once you're successful. So what? Life's too short. I do think with technology what it is today, the industry will continue to spread out physically over the coming decades regardless.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: My manager (Ken Atchity of AEI) was able to get my first two scripts into the hands of Jerry Bruckheimer's people. They had good things to say about the writing, so I'm working on a contemporary action treatment we're getting to them soon. It's a "small unit combat"-themed piece set in Iraq, though not technically a military picture. Not unlike TV's "The Unit" is some ways, I guess. A bit more right-of-center than a lot of what's out there right now. I've got high hopes for it. But then, I always do.

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2006