DOWN TO THE WIRE: Twelve finalists announced for $50,000 Kairos Prize Screenplay Competition – the largest faith-based competition in the U.S.


Twelve finalists have been announced for the 7th Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by first-time and beginning screenwriters, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented by MOVIEGUIDE®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.



“We are greatly encouraged to see such exceptionally gifted new writers coming through the Kairos Prize door.” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®.  “With one of our winning scripts produced and released last year, we are excited to see a number of others that are about to follow suit.”


Winners will be awarded by Dave Hollis, EVP, Motion Picture Distribution of Walt Disney Studios, at the 20th Annual MOVIEGUIDE®  Awards and Report to the Entertainment Industry Friday, Feb. 10, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California.


The 2012 finalists (in alphabetical order) are:


Paul H. Boge of East St. Paul, Manitoba, CAN for MULLI

Bret Eugene Boyer of Scottsdale, AZ for TEXTING WITH GOD

James M. De Vince of Wallingford, CT for THE BASKETBALL

David (Nicholas) Hartmann of Mason, OH for A DOLPHIN IN OUR LAKE

Bryan Lake of Stevenson Ranch, CA for BOB

Jeremy David Lee of West Hills, CA for ROCK POINT DRAW

Jacalyn S. McLeod of Lee’s Summit, MO for HOUSE OF HOPE

Clark McMillian of Bowie, MD for INVESTMENT IN TIME

Sean Paul Murphy of Baltimore, MD for I, JOHN

Lizanne Southgate & Alan Sproles of Visalia, CA for FIFTY SEVEN CENTS

Marcus Webb of Stamford, CT for AND THERE WAS LIGHT

Amy Williams of Marina Del Rey, CA for HALO THEORY


In addition to the $50,000 in prize money, the largest of its kind in the United States, the top three winners will have their scripts read by top studio executives, including executives at The Walt Disney Company, Sony, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox. Writers in Hollywood can work for years without such an opportunity.


“This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Movieguide® Awards,” Dr. Baehr, said. “In many ways it is a renewal of our commitment to recognizing the numerous studio executives, writers, directors and producers who are getting it right by championing family and faith-centered entertainment. We are honored by an industry that has opened their doors to our competition winners as the Kairos Prize is an important part of that commitment.”


Initiated in 2005, the $50,000 Kairos Prize seeks to further the influence of moral and spiritual values with the film and television industries by inspiring 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. To that end, many of the winners have been optioned or have been signed by major agencies. 2011 saw the release of “Johnny,” which was the Kairos Grand Prize winner of its inaugural year. Additionally, there are currently several winners in the development pipeline.


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