Faith & Family Awards Sets Theme for 21st Annual Gala;
Feb. 15, 2013 Event Honors Inspiring Movies and TV Programs
“Faith and Valor” is the theme for next year’s 21st Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, announced Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.
The event will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at the Universal Hilton Hotel near the heart of Hollywood.
“We believe this is the perfect theme for this year’s crop of movies,” Dr. Baehr said, noting the artistic success, if not box office glory, and inspiring content in such movies as THE AVENGERS, FOR GREATER GLORY, and RED TAILS, and the potential for such movies as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Pixar’s BRAVE, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, and LES MISERABLES.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, which will honor the best movie and best television program in 2012 that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
Another highlight will be the presentation of the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters, which honor the three best scripts from beginning screenwriters that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
Both the Epiphany and the Kairos Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Another big award that evening will be the Grace Awards for Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV given the best performance by an actor or actress that best exemplifies “God’s grace toward us as human beings.” Also, Crystal Teddy Bears will be given to the best family movies and the best movies for mature audiences of the year, where one winner also will be declared to take the top position in each field. Finally, special awards will be given to the winners of the two Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in Movies & TV.
This year’s winners included such movies as CAPTAIN AMERICA, COURAGEOUS, SOUL SURFER, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, HUGO, THE MUPPETS, THE ARTIST, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL.
At the Gala, Dr. Baehr will present highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, which each year examines how well family movies and movies with Christian content did at the box office and on home video compared to other kinds of movies.