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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

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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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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: Michael Trent

An interview with Michael Trent regarding the Kairos Prize Writing Competition.

Q: Who sponsors this contest, and what is their background in the industry? When was the contest founded?

A: The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is presented by MOVIEGUIDE® Magazine (A family guide to movies and television). It is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation which was begun by pioneer investor John Marks Templeton.

The Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life’s biggest questions ranging from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity.

The prize is now awarded annually at the MOVIEGUIDE® Faith and Values Awards in Beverly Hills, California. While the MOVIEGUIDE® Awards have been around for more than 15 years - the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is only two years old.

Q: What role do you play personally in the adminstration of the contest?

A: I direct the competition as well as oversee promotional activities. With the help of some amazingly talented panelists that I have been fortunate enough to have found - I also run the day to day activities of advancing submissions culminating with our finalists. Winners are then selected by a panel of judges selected by MOVIEGUIDE®.

Q: Have any of the winning scripts from the contest been sold or produced?

A: Our Grand Prize winner from 2006 is currently being produced by Pure Flix Entertainment. Not only that - but David Anthony, the writer, is slated to direct. This says a lot about the caliber of talent that the Kairos Prize represents. There are other scripts, particularly from 2007, that we should be able to announce deals shortly for. Considering the fact that Kairos has only been around two years - the attention has been unprecedented.

Q: Who judges the early rounds of the competition? What are their qualifications? Who judges the final rounds?

A: We have a group of 12 judges from all over the country. Generally they are writers themselves who have gone through a stringent screening process. Not only do these individuals possess terrific knowledge in the craft of screenwriting - but they have a solid understanding of biblical principles. The final rounds are judged by industry experts who have relationships with MOVIEGUIDE®.

Q: Do the early-round judges read the entire script, or do they stop after a certain number of pages?

A: All scripts are read in their entirety.

Q: Are the judges looking for any specific type of script? Are scripts of a certain genre more likely to do well?

A: We are looking for spiritually uplifting scripts and primarily family films. This is detailed on our web site - but they must be Judeo-Christian scripts. There have been a number of genres that have done well. Generally speaking historical and family dramas as well as comedies, have done very well. That being said - we are certainly open to most genres.

Q: What do you do promote your winning writers, and to publicize their scripts?

A: We have a number of extremely high profile studio executives and producers that have opened their doors to our winners and with whom MOVIEGUIDE® has relationships with. We promote the winners heavily. Unlike many competitions, our sole purpose for running this competition is to effect change in the industry. The only way for us to be effective in this endeavor is to see our winners get produced.

Q: What advice can you offer to writers entering your contest?

A: If I can inject a little humor into this - lighten up - regardless of what you might think - we are not a right-wing fanatical organization. Is it important to read and understand the guidelines and rules for the Kairos Prize? Of course, but, like the title says, we are looking for the best writers out there that have been called to write spiritually uplifting screenplays.

Posted Monday, November 26, 2007