Hollywood, Calif. – “Empowering Epics” is the theme for next year’s 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, announced Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.
The event will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at the Universal Hilton Hotel near the heart of Hollywood.
“The excitement is building for next year’s awards show, which will be televised nationwide,” Dr. Baehr said. “There are more movies and television programs honoring faith and values than ever.”
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, which honors the best movie and best television program in 2013 that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”
Another highlight will be the presentation of the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters, which honor the three best scripts from beginning screenwriters that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
This year, with additional support from the Templeton Foundation, Movieguide® has added another screenwriting competition, the $50,000 Chronos Prizes for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers. Visit www.chronosprize.com for criteria and submission forms.
For the second year in a row, the 22nd Faith & Values Awards will hand out the $50,000 Friess Foundation Free Enterprise Prize for promoting free market principles in movies and television.
Another big award that evening will be the Grace Awards for Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV given the best performances by an actor or actress that best exemplifies “God’s grace toward us as human beings.”
Also, Crystal Teddy Bears will be given to the best family movies and the best movies for mature audiences of the year, where one winner also will be declared to take the top position in each field. Finally, special awards will be given to the winners of the two Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in Movies & TV.
Last February’s Faith & Values winners included such movies and TV programs as ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, LES MISÉRABLES, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED, A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON, FOR GREATER GLORY, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, HERE COMES THE BOOM, WRECK-IT RALPH, SKYFALL, and RAISING IZZIE.
At the Gala, Dr. Baehr will present highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, which each year examines how well family movies and movies with Christian, moral, and spiritually uplifting content did at the box office and on home video compared to other kinds of movies.
Author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY and many other books, Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and its 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 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) 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 our 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.