Hollywood, Calif. – The 18th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry honoring family-friendly movies and television programs and spiritually uplifting entertainment will be held Feb. 23, 2010 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr announced today.
“Each year the gala gets bigger and better,” Dr. Baehr said. “This event is important because it protects and inspires the hearts and minds of our children and grandchildren, who deserve and need quality entertainment with wholesome, enlightening and spiritually uplifting programming.”
The 18th Annual Gala features the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV and the Fifth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters, which are both supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Epiphany and Kairos Prizes honor the best movie, television program and three scripts that “greatly increase man’s love and/or understanding of God.”
Other awards given at the Gala will be The 10 Best Family Movies of 2009, The 10 Best Movies for Mature Audiences of 2009, the Faith & Freedom Awards for the best movies and television programs promoting America and/or positive American values, and the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Movie & TV Performances of 2009.
During the Gala, Dr. Baehr presents highlights of MOVIEGUIDE®’s comprehensive analysis of the major movies released in theaters to show entertainment industry leaders attending the Gala what kinds of movies make the most money at the box office and on home video.
“Since the Gala began in 1993,” Dr. Baehr noted, “the number of movies with a Christian, biblical or moral worldview according to biblical principles has doubled, and the number of movies with at least some spiritually uplifting Christian, biblical, moral, or redemptive content or references has nearly quadrupled.
“Our annual analysis also shows that G-rated, family-friendly movies with spiritually uplifting, Christian, biblical, redemptive, or wholesome content and principles with little or no obscenity, sex and explicit nudity, make the most money by far.”
Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and publisher of the Commission’s family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org).
CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry according to biblical principles by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”
The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. The Foundation supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.
For more information about Movieguide®, please visit its website, www.movieguide.org.
Note: Pictured above is the presentation of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2008 to the team who created FIREPROOF.