Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
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.
Expired. Previous Deadline: 11/16/2012
- Entrants must submit (per entry):
Entrants must provide all the information requested on the Official Entry Form or risk disqualification. If disqualified, the entry fee will not be refunded. No submitted scripts will be returned. Acknowledgment of each submission will be sent to the email address that you provide. Once submission has been received, no alterations of the submission is permissible.
- One fully completed Official Entry Form.
- One complete ELECTRONIC .pdf copy of the submitted entry must be emailed to: email@example.com
- One applicatable entry fee per submission.
- Entrants must not have earned (or during this competition shall earn) money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay for more than $5000. Previous prizes or fellowships are allowed providing that the submitted entry falls within Rule #5 below.
- Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
- Submissions must be in US Motion Picture industry standard screenplay format and approximately 87-130 pages in length. Submissions with a page length greater than 150 pages will be disqualified. Work must be in English.
- All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright. Additionally the rights to the submitted screenplay must not have been previously optioned or sold.
- All entrants shall retain the rights to their submitted scripts.
- Entries must be spiritually uplifting. A detailed definition of this is located within the GUIDELINES and CRITERIA, but simply put, entries must refer implicitly and/or explicitly to biblical principles, values and virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible. Preference, however (especially regarding the final decision of the judges), will be given to works that are explicitly biblical in some important way.
- Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should be selected as the prime contact. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the award equally. Entrants must read, understand and accept all items on the RELEASE STATEMENT posted on the web site (www.kairosprize.com). It is implicitly understood that the receipt of entrant's submission signifies such understanding and
- Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
- Movieguide® Magazine and The John Templeton Foundation accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
- Entry fees will not be returned under any circumstances.
- All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.
- Employees and contractors of Movieguide® Magazine and The John Templeton Foundation and their families are prohibited from entering this contest. Judges, family members, and coworkers of the judges are also prohibited.
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$50,000 in cash prizes + additional considerations split between the Grand Prize recipient and the 1st and 2nd Runner Ups.
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News: Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
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®.
The top three scripts will be honored on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith &
Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly
Hills, Calif. The Kairos Prizes consist of the Grand Prize, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up and
come with them cash prizes of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively.
The finalists are:
- AMAYA, by Iñigo Puente Bustindui; San Luis Potosi, MEXICO
- AMAZING GRACE, by Jason Ryan Saylor; Richmond, IN
- ESTHER: A NIGHT OF DESTINY, by Douglas King; Murphy, TX
- HABIT FORMING, by Heather Hughes & Kate Wharton; Seattle, WA
- LION OF THE NORTH, by Johnny Davis; Alexandria, VA
- PRETTY LIKE A BOOK, by Donna Murray; Avalon, CA
- READING, PA, by Sarah Brockman; Rockland, MA
- THE GOOD DOCTOR, by Dwight Carlson, MD & Gregory Carlson; Santa Barbara, CA
- THE MEANING OF MICAH, by Amy Luciano; Tucson, AZ
- THE MEASURE OF A MAN, by Robert A. (''Bob'') Johnson; Woodsboro, MD
- THE SHOE BOX, by Sherry Cook; Acworth, GA
- THE TRANSLATOR, by Lizanne Southgate & Alan Sproles; Visalia, CA
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.
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