Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Kairos Prize

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Contact: Ben Kayser, Competition Manager

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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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/31/2022

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

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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: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
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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 (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
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Contest News

Kairos Prize Announces 2022/23 Semifinalists

The Kairos Prize, sponsored by The Timothy Plan and Movieguide® has announced the top 10 semifinalists for their 2022-2023 competition. The semifinalist screenplays will be sent to industry leaders for evaluation for the $15,000 grand prize winner. The top 3 scriptwriters will be invited to the Movieguide® Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 10, 2023, where the grand prize winner will be announced.

Semifinalists

Gravel Road
When a washed-up old aristocrat faces a thug with compassion, he unwittingly engages the most meaningful ride of his life.

The Blessing/A Father's Blessing
A former Marine and washed-up boxer believe his life is cursed, gets back into the ring to try to win a $25,000 purse to prove to his wife and son that he is not a loser. With the help of his estranged alcoholic father, he gets more than just a trophy he gets a blessing from his Heavenly Father and earthly Father he did not know he needed.

The Long Way Home
Based on a true story... A proud man from the Deep South embarks on a journey with his deathly ill wife and their seven kids in an attempt to escape abject poverty. As Christmas approaches, class prejudice, brutal health setbacks and poverty, challenges their faith in God and any hope for a Merry Christmas.

A Christmas Donut
Rachel and Miles find love, God, and donuts, as they rally the locals to save a beloved donut shop from a dastardly developer.

Wonderfully Made
A strong-willed young midwife working with the Amish comes to understand both the peace – and the power – of living life by letting go.

Posterity
When a biographer from the Almighty’s Department for Posterity is assigned to interview a ordinary Joe, she finds it nearly impossible avoid breaking the main rule: “Don’t get personally involved.”

Wide as the Western Sky
When an aspiring young country-western singer vows to honor his faith above his career, he encounters frustrating delays and opposition that threaten to destroy his dreams. A modern-day reflection of the life of Abraham.

Hope From the Ashes: A 9/11 Story
A Union laborer searching for bodies at Ground Zero finds a seventeen-foot steel cross impaled in the rubble that once was the World Trade Center. Some battles are won while others are lost as he embarks on a journey to save the cross.

Lost and Found
A conman poses as a minister in a small town in order to rob the local church, and finds that his impact on the town people is starting to change his own beliefs.

Mia's Child
After a devastating earthquake, a woman’s faith helps her through the loss of a child and securing the adoption of a lonely boy from India.

In its 17 years, the Kairos Prize® has seen multiple semifinalist scripts and winners make it through production. Most recently, RESISTANCE: 1942 debuted in theaters earlier this fall.

"The Kairos Prize helped us launch careers and make this movie," says Matthew Hill, who wrote and directed RESISTANCE: 1492 along with Landon Johnson. "There aren't very many awards like this, that celebrate this kind of work."

Johnson added: "It's well funded. If people are willing to actually put resources behind something, it tells you that it's meaningful."

"The Kairos Prize is not just a piece of paper hanging on the wall. Someone actually said, 'I think we should be encouraging this next crop of people to come and develop this skill, and become storytellers that can bring a biblical worldview out into the world through film.'' Being able to do that signals to us that there is a market that actually needs people to strive and then you know, it gives us a very clear aim," Johnson concluded.

Updated: 12/27/2022

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 (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 18    
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