Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Kairos Prize

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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 July 15, 2020 $75
Standard August 1, 2020 $100
Late September 1, 2020 $125 21
Final September 30, 2020 $125 50

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:
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Contact: Ben Kayser, Competition Manager

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Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
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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 (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
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Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter David Anthony

An interview with screenwriter David Anthony 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: "John, The Revelator" is the story of a scripture quoting orphan boy with AIDS who persuades his doctor to take him home despite objections from the doctor's wife. This is an uplifting family drama, ripe with humor and wit, that should appeal to everyone, regardless of their beliefs. John, an orphan boy with AIDS, wants more than anything to be part of a loving family before he dies. What he gets instead is a family about to self-destruct. With time running out, he uses God, humor, and reflection to reset their course and teach them the true meaning of family.

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

A: It had all the elements that make for a great career catalyst. Reading by 5 studios, substantial prize money, publicity, etc.. I also wanted to support a contest that promoted spiritual values. It's very difficult to get a script read in Hollywood that promotes Christian values. It's funny and sad really. I remember the great epics of the past that highlighted aspects of the Bible, epics that went on to win numerous Oscar nominations and awards, but today, Hollywood won't even touch those types of scripts. If a film gets made today that deals with Biblical values, it's self-produced. In this contest, I saw the opportunity to get my script into the hands of studio executives. I didn't expect to win, but by the grace of God, it happened.

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: I was satisfied with the administration of the contest. All deadlines were met and prizes awarded as promised.

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

A: In my case, the only feedback given was that it won the contest. That was enough for me. I'm not sure any other feedback would have mattered after that.

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

A: It has helped me market my script, but as of yet, I have not been contacted by any agents, managers, or producers except those I have solicited. I did have a conversation with a development executive at Warner Bros who read the script, liked it, but said it was too small in scope for WB and that the Christian element wasn't for them.

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

A: I studied screenwriting at UCLA Extension and took film production classes as well. In addition, I worked as a camera assistant for a few years. I've written two other feature length screenplays, a sitcom pilot, and a one hour episodic pilot. I love to write and hope to make a living one day soon doing only that.

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

A: I live about an hour north of Los Angeles. I am planning on moving closer to LA, but just how far will be determined by the type of success I have. If I succeed in writing features, I may stay on the outskirts. If I succeed in writing for television, then I will have to live in the city. I hate the city life, personally, but if that's what it takes, then I'll do it.

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

A: I am always writing. I've written the first three episodes of my pilot sitcom, and am co-writing another feature script. I do have an idea for an adaption that I'd like to do as a dcumentary, but we'll have to see what develops with "John, The Revelator."

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2006

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 (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.9/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
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