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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 (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
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 1, 2018 $50
Regular October 1, 2018 $75
Late November 1, 2018 $100 15
Last Call November 15, 2018 $150 29

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 (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
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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 (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Fifty semi-finalists announced for $50,000 Kairos Prize

Fifty semi-finalists have been announced 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®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.

"We are greatly encouraged to see a wealth of quality screenplays coming through our doors," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®. "With the impending release of the first Kairos winner, "The Revelator," we look forward to finding the next winner to bring wholesome, faith-filled entertainment to the mainstream."

Finalists will be announced at the beginning of February with the top three winners being awarded at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 50 semi-finalists are:

A BRIDGE TO CROSS, by C. Douglas Cloud & Jim D. Brown; Searcy, AR
ABRAHAM'S TENT, by Gloria Blum; Kailua-Kona, HI
AD 70: WARRIORS OF THE LAST TEMPLE, by John Noe; Indianapolis, IN
AMAYA, by Iñigo Puente Bustindui; San Luis Potosi, MEXICO
AMAZING GRACE, by Jason Ryan Saylor; Richmond, IN
CONSTRUCTING ANNA CARMELA, by Anita Palacios Collins; Calabasas, CA
DESTINY'S CALLING, by Jayme Provost; Lititz, PA
ESTHER: A NIGHT OF DESTINY, by Douglas King; Murphy, TX
GIVE MY LOVE TO THE CHESTNUT TREES, by Beverly Varnado; Athens, GA
GIOVANNI, by Barbara Caver & David Levine; Jackson Heights, VIRGIN ISLANDS
HABIT FORMING, by Heather Hughes & Kate Wharton; Seattle, WA
HEART'S DESIRE, by Ann Ault; Burbank, CA
HERE FOR A REASON, by Charles William Coulter; Fairfax, VA
HILDY RIDES AGAIN, by Rusty Rhodes; Bakersfield, CA
HOME PLACE, by Deana Costner; Orlando, FL
INVITATION ONLY, by LaTina Emerson; Augusta, GA
IT IS WELL, by Patricia Mugure; Hayward, CA
JOURNEY TO RHIA, by Karen Patterson-Stewart; Royal Palm Beach, FL
LION OF THE NORTH, by Johnny Davis; Alexandria, VA
LOST AND FOUND, by Don Kirsch; Toronto, ONT, CANADA
MAN VERSUS LIFE, by Allen Wolf; Santa Monica, CA
MCCLESKEY, by Michael Albanese; Los Angeles, CA
MIRACLES FOR BRONZEVILLE, by Curtis Burdick; Elmwood Park, IL
MORE PRECIOUS. by LeAnn Morris; Henderson, TX
MY ANGEL RAPHAEL, by Amy Anne Gillman; Brooklyn, NY
NOTES FROM HEAVEN, by Shawn Dalton; San Ramon, CA
ONE SUCH CHILD, by James A. Stevens; Wake Forest, NC
PRETTY LIKE A BOOK, by Donna Murray; Avalon, CA
READING, PA, by Sarah Brockman; Rockland, MA
RESURRECTED, by Lori Bonacci; Prospect Heights, IL
SEVEN GOLDEN GUINEAS, by Sharon Leighton; Fredericton, NB, CANADA
TAPESTRY, by Kay Krasin & Thom Wilder; Bensenville, IL
THANK YOU LORD, by Beverly Garside; Odenton, MD
THE GOOD DOCTOR, by Dwight Carlson, MD & Gregory Carlson; Santa Barbara, CA
THE JOBY PROJECT, by Michael Long; Burke, VA
THE MEANING OF MICAH, by Amy Luciano; Tucson, AZ
THE MEASURE OF A MAN, by Robert A. ("Bob") Johnson; Woodsboro, MD
THE MUSTARD SEEDS, by Karen Mueller Bryson; Florence, AZ
THE PRAY'ERS CLUB, by Shirelle Thorne; Owings Mills, MD
THE PRODIGAL SONS, by Andrew Lewis & Jennifer Lewis; Flowery Branch, GA
THE PROPOSITION & THE PROMISE, by Quientola Eicher, Las Vegas, NV
THE RIGHT TRACT, by Shawn Davis; San Antonio, AK
THE SHOE BOX, by Sherry Cook; Acworth, GA
THE TRANSLATOR, by Lizanne Southgate & Alan Sproles; Visalia, CA
TO KISS A COLD FISH, by Karen Aaker; Colton, CA
TOUR OF DESTINY, by Mary Lee Telles; Lexington, KY
TRUST AND CLARITY, by Sara Michelle Rogers; Sedona, AZ
U-TURN, by Gary E. Roberson; Juliette, GA
WHEN I FALL IN LOVE, by Clint Morey; Missoula, MT
WHITE LIGHT, by Brian Nelson; Birchwood, MN


In addition to the $50,000 in prize money, the largest of its kind in the United States, the top three winners will have their scripts read by top studio executives, including executives at The Walt Disney Company, Sony, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox. Writers in Hollywood can work for years without such an opportunity.

"The Kairos Prizes are a testament to the tremendous quality of innovative talent that is out there just waiting to be discovered," Dr. Baehr, said. "At Movieguide®, we are deeply honored to have so many of the major players in the industry taking note."

Initiated in 2005, the $50,000 Kairos Prize seeks to further the influence of moral and spiritual values with the film and television industries by inspiring 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. To that end, many of the winners have been optioned or have been signed by major agencies. Along with the upcoming release of "The Revelator," there are also several other winning scripts that are currently circling to go into production.

Updated: 01/14/2010
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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 (4.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 14    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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