11th Annual

The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

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Feature Screenplays
We accept feature-length scripts up to 130 pages. We will also accept scripts between 131 to 150 pages - however there is an additional $20 charge.


Seeking spiritually uplifting, Judeo-Christian feature-length screenplays.


Supported by a grant from The John Templeton Foundation and established by MOVIEGUIDE in 2005, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE announces the 10th Annual Kairos Prize that will help inspire 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.


Michael Trent (Festival Registrar)


IMPORTANT NOTE: There are many screenwriting competitions that honor wonderful, exciting and entertaining scripts, and some that honor moral scripts, but the Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays endeavors to encourage the production of feature films that are wholesome, uplifting, and inspirational and which result in a greater increase in either man's love or understanding of God. Our intention in setting up the Guidelines and Criteria is to clearly define the competition so that you will be successful in your submissions. A word of warning: This competition is not for the nominalist, occult, new age, or other non-Judeo-Christian spirituality.

Please read and follow these guidelines and Rules Of Entry. Submissions that do not follow them will be disqualified.

1> In selecting the winners of the contest, judges consider not only a scripts entertainment value an craftsmanship, but also whether or not
the script in question is, uplifting, inspirational, spiritual, and if it teaches lessons in ethics and morality.
2> Furthermore, the judges consider whether the script is primarily spiritual, rather than merely humanitarian, and whether it resulted in a
dramatic increase in either man's love or under-standing of God. Considering this, the judges will decide whether the script communicates God's wisdom and infinite love in new, effective and creative ways, thereby helping people understand the relationship of God.
3> Primarily scripts should be suitable for a G or PG rating. Adult themes will be accepted with the following warning: Action and/or dialogue must not be gratuitous in nature or form. Given the reality of creating recognizable, identifiable and realistic environments within the storytelling process - these themes must be handled with great care.
4> The script may be allegorical but should refer implicitly and/or explicitly to biblical principles, values and virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible. To define this more clearly, judges will take into account the criteria that Movieguide® Magazine uses to evaluate films and television programs. These criteria include looking at each script:
• Aesthetically by looking at the artistic value of the script, and by looking at how well the script is written.
• Emotively by looking at how it captures and amuses the audience as entertainment and amusement.
• Semantically by looking at the individual elements and their meanings, just as many parents do.
• Syntactically by looking at how the elements come together and how the characters relate to each other, just as many teenagers
and young adults do.
• Propositionally by looking at what the script is communicating, as summarized in its premise.
• Generically by comparing it to other scripts in its genre.
• Thematically by looking at the themes that are present in the script.
• Morally by looking at its moral perspective and content.
• Biblically by looking at the biblical perspective and principles in the script.
• Systematically by looking at how the script relates to other scripts.
• Intellectually by looking at how the script fulfills its goals and premise.
• Sociologically by looking at how the script relates to culture and society.
• Politically by looking at the political perspective of the script.
• Cognitively by looking at the age group to whom the script is marketed, the age group for whom it is suitable, and how it will
impact a particular age group.
• Psychologically by looking at how the script deals with mind and soul.
• Historically by looking at how accurate the script is in presenting history.
• Sexually by looking at how the script deals with sex and sexual relationships.
• Philosophically by looking at the philosophical perspective and worldview of the script.
• Ontologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of being.
• Epistemologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of knowing.
• Spiritually by looking at how the script deals with God, faith and religion.
5>The script should adhere to the short form of the Motion Picture Code:
The basic dignity and value of human life shall be respected and upheld. Restraint shall be exercised in portraying the taking of life. Evil, sin, crime and wrong-doing shall not be justified. Detailed and protracted acts of brutality, cruelty, physical violence, torture, and abuse, shall not be presented. Indecent or undue exposure of the human body shall not be presented. Illicit sex relationships shall not be justified. Intimate sex scenes violating common standards of decency shall not be portrayed. Restraint and care shall be exercised in presentations dealing with sex aberrations. Obscene speech, gestures or movements shall not be presented. Undue profanity shall not be presented. Religion shall not be demeaned. Words or symbols contemptuous of racial, religious or national groups, shall not be used so as to incite bigotry or hatred. Excessive cruelty to animals shall not be portrayed and animals shall not be treated inhumanely.


Please read and understand this release. By submitting your entry – you are agreeing to this release as stated in the RULES OF ENTRY, #7.
Entrants who apply to the Karios Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays agree to the following:
1>I/We attest that I/we have read and understand and complied with the RULES OF ENTRY and the GUIDELINES and CRITERIA of the
Karios Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays (which will be referred to as “the Competition”), that I/we are the author/s and sole
owner/s of all rights to the submitted screenplay(s) (Material), which was created and written without any suggestion or request from any
third parties that I/we write the Material.
2> I/We recognize that the Competition, John Templeton Foundation, Christian Film & Television Commission™, and MOVIEGUIDE® have
access to hundreds of ideas, stories and scripts for motion pictures and that many stories and ideas relate to one or more common
underlying themes.
3> I/We understand that the Competition, John Templeton Foundation, Christian Film & Television Commission™, and MOVIEGUIDE® (also
referred to as “Us”) agree not to use any portion of the Material unless 1) I/we do not control or own the Material or such features or
elements, 2) the Material elements used by You and claimed by Us to be My/Our Material or embodied in the Material is in the public
domain, is not new or novel or is not legally protected or protectable, or 3) any third party would be free to use the Material if it had
not been submitted to it and been the subject of any agreement with it.
4> I/We agree that any dispute arising between Us shall be subject to binding arbitration pursuant to the then effective Commercial
Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator will be someone with at least 10 years of motion picture
industry experience and shall have the authority to award all appropriate relief, including equitable or injunctive relief; provided, however, that the arbitrator is not authorized to award punitive damages. The award issued by any such arbitrator may be entered and confirmed as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. The state with jurisdiction over any disputes relating to this Agreement is California, and the sole location for proper venue is Los Angeles, California.
5> Furthermore I/We indemnify the Competition, John Templeton Foundation, Christian Film & Television Commission™, and
MOVIEGUIDE®, its associates, judges and sponsors against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and liabilities, if I/We do not satisfy all of The Competition’s Rules and Regulations.
6> I/We understand that the submission of the Material into the Competition does not establish any fiduciary or confidential relationship
between us, nor is there one intended or created by reason of this release and/or submission of the Material. I have retained a copy of the
Material and agree that you shall not be obligated to return the Material to me, and I release you from all liability if the Material is lost,
misplaced, stolen or destroyed. Furthermore, I/We understand that it is our sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright
Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America.
7> If more than one writer applies to the Competition (as part of a single entry), then reference to “I/We” within this release letter shall apply to each party jointly and severally.