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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)
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 David (Nicholas) Hartmann

An interview with screenwriter David (Nicholas) Hartmann 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: The script is called "A Dolphin In Our Lake". The logline is: A Midwestern farmer in early World War II America must believe in the miracle of a dolphin appearing in his small fresh water lake, if he is to save his family farm, his terminally ill son, and ultimately his soul.

It's basically a coming to faith story. The dolphin is a huge symbol in the script. The terminally ill son first sees the dolphin, a promise from his dying grandfather. Then, the father and the rest of the family have to each decide for themselves if it is real - Do they "believe".

It sounds rather dark, but it has a lot of light moments in the script and quite a bit of humor. There are two children that play primary roles in the script, and I had a lot of fun writing for them.

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

A: The Kairos, unlike a lot of other contests, is very focused. It is very specific in its requirements. So, I knew that my script fit the criteria, and to be honest, with contests being a paid exercise, the amount of money offered for the Kairos is fantastic. It is far and away one of the better paying. You never assume you are going to win. But, if you are going to enter the arena, it's nice to know that there is a big payoff. And, their record of scripts getting optioned and/or produced is really impressive. I think it might be something like seven of the twenty-one winning scripts from the many years are moving forward into production or have been finished. That's a better record than just about any other contest.

The script has done very well in other contests. It was a semi-finalist at Kairos and then was heavily re-written for the winning year. It was a semi-finalist at Scriptapalooza. It was top 10% in the Nicholl. It was a semi-finalist (last 25 in family category) in the Page Awards. And, it was an Honorable Mention (Top 100) in the Writer's Digest International contest.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I could write a book about this subject (or maybe a screenplay). The entire experience was absolutely top-notch. From the moment they called to tell me about the win, they were in constant contact to arrange the flight to LA, the hotel accommodations (Universal Hilton), pick-up from the airport, wonderful meals I have never met a more gracious group of people than those involved with the MovieGuide Gala and Kairos contest - Dr. Ted Baehr, Michael Trent, too many to name.

Most contests don't even have a celebration, let alone the red carpet gala that my wife and I experienced. They could not find a flight back for us on the night after the gala. So, they put us up for another night in the hotel and even took us on a yacht cruise for the evening which was never part of the winning package!

And, of course, the check came in the mail as promised. And, they have continued to work on my behalf in the industry to support the script which is obviously a huge asset.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: It probably took about two years. I was working on other projects in between. It probably went through about a dozen major revisions.

I never have been an "outliner". Everybody finds their own way. I usually start with scenes done freehand on legal pads. This lets me free associate and jump back and forth between chunks of the script, write in the margins, etc. Then, I type it in, rewriting as I go. Then, I make all the rest of the revisions on the computer. Outlining would probably be much faster! But, it never works for me.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I use Movie Magic. I started, probably like most, with Word, just using Tab, etc. But, getting a solid program, Movie Magic or Final Draft, is worth every penny. Once you get used to it, you almost wonder how you could work any other way.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I still have that "day" job. So, I try to put in at least a half an hour each night, sometimes a couple of hours. Then, on weekends, or days off, I may write for twenty hours straight. Not good for your posture, but it's all for the script, right?

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: I've never had writer's block. I always have more ideas than I have time to write. I probably have my next six scripts roughed out in my head.

Although, if I get stuck in a scene, the best thing for me to do is get up and get away for a while. Or, just jump to another section of the script, then come back.

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

A: I started as a short story writer, then moved into stage plays. I had some luck there with a couple of productions. I still love that form of writing. I love the immediacy of theatre. But, script writing seems to really suit my skills better than other forms. The playwriting helped me to learn dramatic three-act structure and dialogue has always been a strength of mine. Since narration is not my strong suit, I don't think I was cut out to be the next great fiction writer.

I have written several other scripts. One of them has a similar contest record to the winning Kairos script. No wins for that piece yet, but a lot of close calls in several of the major contests (Nicholl, Austin, Big Break, Writer's Digest, and Creative Worlds).

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

A: I don't live in LA. I would be willing to move if enough writing assignments occurred. Don't we all say that? And, I think any writer wanting to work in film, should make himself available for meetings in LA, New York, Austin, or wherever, if needed.

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

A: Always. You have to market the old scripts and keep writing something new. The current script is a romantic comedy due in theatreswhenever someone will pay me for it.

Posted Friday, September 28, 2012