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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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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)
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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?
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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: Michael Trent

An interview with Michael Trent regarding the Kairos Prize Writing Competition.

Q: Who sponsors this contest, and what is their background in the industry? When was the contest founded?

A: The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is presented by MOVIEGUIDE® Magazine (A family guide to movies and television). It is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation which was begun by pioneer investor John Marks Templeton.

The Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life’s biggest questions ranging from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity.

The prize is now awarded annually at the MOVIEGUIDE® Faith and Values Awards in Beverly Hills, California. While the MOVIEGUIDE® Awards have been around for more than 15 years - the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays is only two years old.

Q: What role do you play personally in the adminstration of the contest?

A: I direct the competition as well as oversee promotional activities. With the help of some amazingly talented panelists that I have been fortunate enough to have found - I also run the day to day activities of advancing submissions culminating with our finalists. Winners are then selected by a panel of judges selected by MOVIEGUIDE®.

Q: Have any of the winning scripts from the contest been sold or produced?

A: Our Grand Prize winner from 2006 is currently being produced by Pure Flix Entertainment. Not only that - but David Anthony, the writer, is slated to direct. This says a lot about the caliber of talent that the Kairos Prize represents. There are other scripts, particularly from 2007, that we should be able to announce deals shortly for. Considering the fact that Kairos has only been around two years - the attention has been unprecedented.

Q: Who judges the early rounds of the competition? What are their qualifications? Who judges the final rounds?

A: We have a group of 12 judges from all over the country. Generally they are writers themselves who have gone through a stringent screening process. Not only do these individuals possess terrific knowledge in the craft of screenwriting - but they have a solid understanding of biblical principles. The final rounds are judged by industry experts who have relationships with MOVIEGUIDE®.

Q: Do the early-round judges read the entire script, or do they stop after a certain number of pages?

A: All scripts are read in their entirety.

Q: Are the judges looking for any specific type of script? Are scripts of a certain genre more likely to do well?

A: We are looking for spiritually uplifting scripts and primarily family films. This is detailed on our web site - but they must be Judeo-Christian scripts. There have been a number of genres that have done well. Generally speaking historical and family dramas as well as comedies, have done very well. That being said - we are certainly open to most genres.

Q: What do you do promote your winning writers, and to publicize their scripts?

A: We have a number of extremely high profile studio executives and producers that have opened their doors to our winners and with whom MOVIEGUIDE® has relationships with. We promote the winners heavily. Unlike many competitions, our sole purpose for running this competition is to effect change in the industry. The only way for us to be effective in this endeavor is to see our winners get produced.

Q: What advice can you offer to writers entering your contest?

A: If I can inject a little humor into this - lighten up - regardless of what you might think - we are not a right-wing fanatical organization. Is it important to read and understand the guidelines and rules for the Kairos Prize? Of course, but, like the title says, we are looking for the best writers out there that have been called to write spiritually uplifting screenplays.

Posted Monday, November 26, 2007