Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today that the Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual competition.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Kairos Prizes award $50,000 to the top three entries.
The winners will be announced at the 21st Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry in February in Hollywood.
An Early Bird Discount of $50 will be given to those who submit their script entries by Sept. 24, 2012. After that, the entry fee will be $80 until the final deadline of Nov. 2, 2012. Criteria for the prizes may be found on the Kairos Prize website at www.kairosprize.com.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the best and brightest new voices to Hollywood,” Dr. Baehr said. “And, we are honored by the amazing support the Hollywood community has shown toward the competition.”
Since 2006, the Kairos Prizes have celebrated the best new screenplays across the globe that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
JOHNNY, written by David M. Anthony and originally titled JOHN, THE REVELATOR, was the inaugural Kairos Grand Prize winner and was released in 2011 on video through Pure Flix Entertainment.
“There are several other winning writers that currently have productions and deals in the pipeline,” Dr. Baehr said. “We look forward to having the opportunity to announce these later in the year as they come to fruition.”
In addition to the Kairos Prizes, 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.
For more information about the Kairos Prizes, please go to www.kairosprize.com.
The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights. The Foundation’s vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton’s optimism about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation’s motto, “How little we know, how eager to learn,” exemplifies its support for open-minded inquiry and its hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.