Eight Finalists Reach for $50,000 Chronos Prize

Screenwriting Contest with the Largest Cash Prize of Any Similar U.S. Competition Announces Its First Annual Finalists

Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced the top eight finalists for the inaugural Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers. Awarding $50,000 to the top entry, the Chronos Prize will be the largest cash prize for any competition of its kind in the U.S.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and set to be presented annually by Movieguide®, the Chronos Prize is designed to encourage professional and established writers to create stories that are compelling, entertaining, inspiring, spiritually uplifting, and increase man’s love or understanding of God. 

“We are incredibly honored to recognize, in a significant way, the important contributions of established filmmakers in bringing family and faith centered stories to worldwide audiences,” Dr. Baehr said. “As we celebrate the beginning of the Chronos Prize – we are excited and hopeful that this well deserved recognition will be a vital tool in reshaping the future of the film and television industries.”

The winner will be announced at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 7, 2014 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

This year’s finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Brian Bird and John Wierick of Dove Canyon, CA for THE MAGNOLIA PASSION

Art D’Alessandro of Maitland, FL for MIRACLE BOY

Nathan Frankowski and Matt Chandler of Camarillo, CA for LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Matthew G. Hill and Landon Johnson of Anaheim, CA for BURNING AT BOTH ENDS

Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton of Seattle, WA for MERRY ME

Mark Nowrasteh of Austin, TX for END OF THE EARTH

Brad Silverman of Lancaster, CA for WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Rusty Whitener and Ann Tatlock of Pulaski, VA for PROMISES TO KEEP

Begun in 2013, with its inaugural year completing in February 2014, the Chronos Prize is designed to help established filmmakers who have made successful faith-friendly and faith-based movies and television programs and screenplays. It intends to reward successful established filmmakers who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining, inspiring, spiritually uplifting, and increase man’s love or understanding of God.

In addition to the Chronos Prize, the highlight of the MOVIEGUIDE® 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.

Author of “The Culture-Wise Family” and “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international, non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

At the Faith & Values Awards, Dr. Baehr will present highlights from Movieguide®’s 2013 Report to the Entertainment Industry, a comprehensive financial analysis of the movie business showing what kinds of movies and what kinds of movie content moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.

For more information about Movieguide® or CFTVC, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) funds independent research and public engagement to pursue big questions and discoveries on life’s purpose, human potential, and ultimate reality. The Foundation’s motto, “How little we know, how eager to learn,” exemplifies its support for open-minded inquiry, commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship, and encouraging civil, informed dialogue among scientists, scholars, theologians, and the public at large.


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