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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

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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:
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