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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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Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
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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

Expired. Previous Deadline: 10/31/2017

Rules

  1. Entrants must submit (per entry):
    1. One fully completed Official Entry Form.
    2. One complete ELECTRONIC .pdf copy of the submitted entry must be emailed to: submissions@kairosprize.com
    3. One applicatable entry fee per submission.
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. All entrants shall retain the rights to their submitted scripts.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 acceptance.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Entry fees will not be returned under any circumstances.
  12. All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.
  13. 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.

    Submissions Office:

    Kairos Prize
    5620 Paseo de Norte
    #127C-308
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

Awards

$50,000 in cash prizes + additional considerations split between the Grand Prize recipient and the 1st and 2nd Runner Ups.

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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
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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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

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

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.

Updated: 01/14/2010

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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Graham Moes

An interview with screenwriter Graham Moes 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: "Men of Iron." It's an adaptation of the Howard Pyle classic adventure tale of the same name. The story follows a teenage boy forced to survive life at a medieval combat academy in order to become a knight and rise to a level he's able to fight the powerful earl who's forced the kid's family into hiding. Failure will mean his father's execution for treason by King Henry IV. So it's a swashbuckler that could be rated anything from PG to R depending on how the violence is handled. I see it as a family film, the sort of thing Disney was doing in the early '60s with "Kidnapped," "Swiss Family Robinson," etc. There's a little Harry Potter "fish out of water" boarding school angst... A little romance... History... But essentially it's a coming-of-age action story.

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

A: I was familiar with Movieguide, but somehow my wife ended up hearing about the competition before I did. Given the family-film potential of the story, I thought it would be a good fit with what they and The Templeton Foundation want to accomplish with this prize. I guess they thought so too. I've entered this in a handful of competitions, some big, some lesser known. It's never finished lower than an honorable mention. Highest before this was top-five in a pool of 3,000-plus entries. Contests aren't sales, but at least you know you're on the right track.

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: Very much so. Great, easy to reach people. The award included a gala awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, same venue as the Golden Globes. Complete with red carpet walk past the flashing camera bulbs, dinner and champagne, and the chance to rub elbows with some pretty big-time producers and stars. I shared the press room backstage with Paige Hemmis from Extreme Makeover: Home Improvement, which was fairly cool in itself. I've received most of the extras that come with the award already. Certainly all the big ones, including the money and industry exposure.

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

A: I entered two scripts. They sent written coverage on the one that didn't make the cut. Obviously done by a reader with industry experience, because it was really complete. Feedback on "Men of Iron" was the win I suppose. The organizers, of course, were on hand to give their reactions to the script and why it did well in their eyes. So yes, all very helpful stuff.

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

A: I landed a manager after the first contest I tried. The problem with this script is its timing. With the last few swashbucklers from "King Arthur" on down underperforming, I really think we're going to have to wait for the genre cycle to come back around, which it will. The Kairos win has it in the hands of four or five studio heads, but I haven't heard anything back yet. But it's still early. Based on the award fallout, I have received few calls and email from a few people interested in developing projects. Nothing solid yet but things are moving in the right direction.

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

A: I've written two, this one and a true-story western based on the Montana vigilante movement that gave birth to the state. My day job is staff writer for The Clovis Independent newspaper in the Fresno area. Been doing it for a few years now, and I've found the whole deadline-driven environment and need to cut to fit for space requirements -- even the need to be compelling in hard news writing -- has really helped hone my screenwriting skills. Living abroad as a teen helped broaden my perspective too. Quite a culture shock moving from rural Montana to Sweden for two years at the impressionable age of 15.

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

A: I lived in L.A. for eight years before I just burned out on it. Totally drains your creativity and keeps you locked into a certain mindset not conducive to maintaining your own voice. At least for me. I have friends who totally disagree. The Central Valley is an easy three-hour drive to Southern California and that's about as close as I'm willing to get. Better to live where you're in a good place mentally and spiritually. Maybe you'll have to spend more on gas or airfare once you're successful. So what? Life's too short. I do think with technology what it is today, the industry will continue to spread out physically over the coming decades regardless.

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

A: My manager (Ken Atchity of AEI) was able to get my first two scripts into the hands of Jerry Bruckheimer's people. They had good things to say about the writing, so I'm working on a contemporary action treatment we're getting to them soon. It's a "small unit combat"-themed piece set in Iraq, though not technically a military picture. Not unlike TV's "The Unit" is some ways, I guess. A bit more right-of-center than a lot of what's out there right now. I've got high hopes for it. But then, I always do.

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2006