|Deadline||Date||Entry Fee||Days till Deadline|
|Early||July 30, 2013||$50||42|
|Standard||September 23, 2013||$60||97|
|Late||November 4, 2013||$80||139|
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Fifty-five semifinalists have been announced for the 8th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.
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.
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®.
Fifty semi-finalists have been announced for the 5th Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.
Christina D. Denton's A Matter of Time has been announced as the winner of the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.
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.
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.