Semi-Finalists for the $15,000 Kairos Prizes Announced!
The 12th Annual Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today 15 semi-finalists for the 12th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters and 10 semi-finalists for the Kairos Pro Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers.
The two winners of the two categories will be announced Friday night at the 26th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2018.
Sponsored by The Timothy Plan and presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Kairos Prizes awards $15,000 to each winner whose work “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”
This year’s semi-finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Kairos Prize by Beginning Screenwriters
“Angels and Attorneys” by Lisa L.
“Bodey’s Bible” by Ernestina J.
“Christmas Forever Home” by Jody T.
“FISH” by Richard G.
“Hammering It Home” by Lesley M.
“Illuminate” by Seth H.
“No Room at the Inn” by Mark D.
“North Star” by William G.
“Out of Eternity” by Joel B.
“Skirting the Naughty List” by Christopher P.
“The Bless Me Club” by Matthew E.
“The Mountain” by Ellen W.
“The Methuselah Project” by Rick B.
“The Piano Gospel” by Tony G.
“The Summer Preacher” by W.D.
Kairos Pro Prize by Established Filmmakers
“Appointments with Heaven” by Brian B.
“Broken Pieces” by Rick G.
“Good Again” by Jeanne D.
“OMG!” by Robert L.
“Sheba” by Carole W.
“Sold” for Ashes by Glenn B.
“Switched” by Alexandra B.
“The Extremist” by Ron P.
“The Inheritance” by Alexandra B.
“Trapped” by George E.
Since 2006, the Kairos Prizes have championed the brightest new voices emerging from the world of screenwriting.
In 2017, two Kairos Prize finalists from past competitions were released nationwide in theaters. Sony Pictures released the $2 million budget faith-based movie ALL SAINTS on August 25, which made just under $6 million worldwide. The movie MULLY was released through Fathom and grossed over $1.4 million. Several other Kairos Prize scripts are in various stages of development.
In addition to the Kairos Prizes, the highlight of the MOVIEGUIDE® Awards each year is the presentation of the two Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV.
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 2018 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 dollars.
Every year, Dr. Baehr teaches several intense four-day filmmaking workshops, which include training in successful screenwriting, in the Los Angeles and Atlanta areas.