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MOVIEGUIDE® Announces Winner of First Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers

Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr, awarded the winners of the First Annual Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers at the 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Awards on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to be presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Chronos Prize awards $50,000 to the top screenplay as chosen by Hollywood leaders. The prize, the first ever of its kind, honors established writers whose work seeks to “increase man’s love or understanding of God.”

Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson captured the attention of the judges, bringing home the inaugural Chronos Prize for their script, BURNING AT BOTH ENDS.

“Through the Chronos Prize, MOVIEGUIDE® has given us the gift of exposure to some of Hollywood’s top execs and producers,” reflects Landon Johnson. “Because of that gift, we can now look forward to finishing the race and making a film that gives God the glory.”

Set during World War II, BURNING AT BOTH ENDS reveals the tale of a group of dissidents hiding from the Nazis as they secretly broadcast a message of hope and sabotage to the world. Hunted by the head of the Gestapo, they are forced to trust the help of a stranger.

“Winning the Chronos Prize has been not only a tremendous honor, it has also further established Landon and myself as the professional writers we have worked hard to become,” Matthew Hill said just after the Chronos Prize was presented by Rich Peluso, SVP, Affirm Films of Sony Entertainment.

In addition to the cash prize, MOVIEGUIDE® sends out the winning script to top industry leaders who have requested it.

“Matt and Landon have brought us an impressively powerful script,” Dr. Baehr said. “They are a prime example of the character and talent that the Chronos Prize represents. We are excited to see their work take root in Hollywood.”

The 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Awards are set to air on the ReelzChannel Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m. Pacific Time and 2 p.m. Eastern.

Since 2006 MOVIEGUIDE® has championed the brightest new voices emerging from the world of screenwriting through the $50,000 Kairos Prizes, which are designed to recognize new and beginning writers. The Chronos Prize has been established to bridge the gap as it honors the professionals whose focus is to bring inspired and compelling stories to the screen.

The Second Annual Chronos Prize will open for entries April 2014. For more information about the Chronos Prize, please go to www.chronosprize.com.

In addition to the Chronos Prize, the highlight of the Faith & Values Awards each year is the presentation of the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV. Also supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Epiphany Prizes honor the best, most inspiring movie and television program of the previous year.

 

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