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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

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 (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
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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 August 1, 2018 $50 10
Regular October 1, 2018 $75 71
Late November 1, 2018 $100 102
Last Call November 15, 2018 $150 116

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 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 (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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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 (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Movieguide Names Kairos Contest Winners

North Star by William Gebby has been named the winner of the Kairos Prize for Beginning Screenwriters. The script is about an emotionally cold Quakeress who learns to love after she rescues an eight year-old runaway slave. The Kairos Pro Prize for Established Screenwriters has been awarded to Alexandra Boylan for her scirpt Switched, which is about a woman who is tired of turning the other cheek. When she prays that her nemesis, the Queen Bee of social media, would know what it’s like to walk a day in her shoes, her prayer is answered in an unexpected way when they switch identities.

Updated: 02/13/2018

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

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 (4.1/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 13    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Randall Hahn

An interview with screenwriter Randall Hahn regarding the Kairos Prize Writing Competition.


Randall Hahn
Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: GIDEON

A mysterious boy with Christ like powers must bring together a racially charged town before the mayor’s vindictive son kills him.

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 fact that this was a Christian Screenwriting Contest I felt it would be a better fit for the story.

Actually, I did enter it into a couple of other contests and got into the quarters, and semi's with it. Obviously, being a Christian script I felt that wasn't too shabby....

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: KairosPrize was an incredible experience from the word "GO"...

The people like Mr. Ted Baehr, and Mr. Michael Trent are wonderful, and friendly, and encouraging.

All awards were received, and all deadlines met.

I loved the total experience this Contest presented me. Truly, a lifetime memory and I believe even life changing.

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

A: I originally wrote this script back in 2001, but when I moved, I lost it. So it took me another 5 years to pick it up again.

Along the way, I learned valuable screenplay lessons and techniques that added up to a Grand Prize winning screenplay.

During that process, I probably worked on it over a 6 year period in between what I was really doing for a living.

Since the completion of that script, I have written 3 more, recently completing a Psychological Thriller which took me about 2 months to write.

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 write my story on Word, then use Final Draft 8 to write the script.

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

A: When I start a script I try to write 3 pages a day, either before work or after. Or on my day off I really crash the laptop. This can mean 20 minutes or 5 - 8 hours depending on the flow and the time I have to write.

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

A: I don't get writer's block as much as I used to...I have learned to step away from the computer, print out what I have and take it with me to read whenever I get a chance. This allows me to reread with fresh eyes, make any corrections I need to, and jot down any ideas that come to mind, then I get back on the computer and implement what I have noted...Also, if I am not sure what the next scene is, I read the last few scenes right before I go to bed, and "thinkubate" into my slumber...usually by the time I awake, whether in the middle of the night, or by morning a new idea, or next scene has hit me and I jump up and get it down right away....My motto is, no matter what, "Write Forward"...I can always go back and rewrite, I just want to keep the creative juices flowing.

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

A: The first script I ever wrote, directed, and acted in was for my 3rd Grade talent show. I got the bug then, and pursued it throughout my teens, went to Northwestern University for Radio/TV/Film, worked on a movie in Chicago, and then moved home and life interrupted my lifelong dream.(Had to pay the bills)

It wasn't until 2001 that I bought Final Draft and began again my dream of Writing, Directing, Acting, and Producing.

I recently completed a script, adapted from a book for an Actor/Comedian in Hollywood who has the rights to it...I am extremely excited about it. I have had great response to it from a Top level producer who said he "loved it" and would be getting back to us "soon". What soon in Hollywoodspeak is I guess I will find out...hopefully "my kind of soon"....

And as I just said, I completed a Psychological Thriller called "Crash Backwards" that I am all "drenaled" up about. Looking to get it out there and see what hits.

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

A: I don't live in LA. All depends on what comes along. But I absolutely love South Florida, was born here and can't picture living anywhere else.

This town is full of creative energy, whacky people to watch, and synergize with and draw from.

MIA!!!

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

A: I just completed the Thriller and now am heading back to a couple of scripts I started a bit ago.

So yes, I am always working on something....I get ideas, stories, and type them up, put them in my "thinkubater" until they start bubbling and begin to overflow.

Then I sit down and start the journey all over again.

Nothing like it.

Me and my imagination infused with my laptop. And hopefully one day be able to make a living at it.

FADE TO BLACK.

Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014