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The $50,000 John Templeton
Foundation Kairos Prize

The $50,000 John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize

Deadline Entry Fee
November 03, 2006 (early)
December 15, 2006
$50 (by 11/03/2006)
$75 (by 12/15/2006)
Award:  $25,000 + additional considerations
Other Awards/Prizes: 

1st Runner Up: $15,000 + additional considerations.

2nd Runner Up: $10,000 + additional considerations

Created by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder, publisher and executive producer of MOVIEGUIDE® and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission™, and Dr. Jack Templeton, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® announces the Kairos Prize that will help inspire first-time screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of the one true Triune Creator God whose divine Son came in the flesh and gave his life and was resurrected to save all mankind.
Notification Date:  February 2007
Eligibility: Please see entry rules.
  1. Entrants must submit (per entry):

    A) One fully completed Official Entry Form.
    B) One (1) complete hard copy of the submitted entry.
    C) One (1) complete ELECTRONIC .pdf copy of the submitted entry must be emailed to:
    D) A five hundred word synopsis/treatment.
    E) Applicable entry fee. Checks should be made out to Movieguide.

    Entrants must provide all the information requested on the Official Entry Form or risk disqualification.  No submitted scripts will be returned. Acknowledgment of each submission will be sent to the email address that you provide. Once submission has been received, no alterations of the submission is permissible.

  2. Entrants must not have earned money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay. 
  3. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.
  4. Submissions must be in US Motion Picture industry standard screenplay format and approximately 87-130 pages in length. Submissions with a page length greater than 150 pages will be disqualified. Work must be in English. With regard to the printed hard copy of the submitted script - it should be printed single- or double-sided on 3-hole white paper with pages numbered. Script should be fastened with 2-3 brads and blank card stock covers with the title, name of writer(s) and contact information on the title page. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. 
  5. All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright. Additionally the rights to the submitted screenplay must not have been previously optioned or sold. 
  6. All entrants shall retain the rights to their submitted scripts. With regard to the three winners (i.e. - Grand Prize Winner, 1st Runner Up & 2nd Runner Up) - MOVIEGUIDE® will own a one-year option on these scripts commencing on the date of the official winners announcement. Should MOVIEGUIDE® succeed in procuring a sale on these scripts, the writer of said script will be compensated at no less than the Writers Guild minimum.
  7. Entries must be spiritually uplifting. A detailed definition of this is located within the GUIDELINES and CRITERIA, but simply put, entries must refer implicitly and/or explicitly to biblical principles, values and virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible. Preference, however (especially regarding the final decision of the judges), will be given to works that are explicitly biblical in some important way.
  8. Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should be selected as the prime contact. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the award equally. Entrants must read, understand and accept all items on the RELEASE STATEMENT posted on the web site ( It is implicitly understood that the receipt of entrant’s submission signifies such understanding and acceptance.
  9. Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
  10. Movieguide® Magazine and The John Templeton Foundation accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
  11. Entry fees will not be returned under any circumstances.
  12. All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.
  13. Employees and contractors of Movieguide® Magazine and The John Templeton Foundation and their families are prohibited from entering this contest. Judges, family members, and coworkers of the judges are also prohibited.
Web Address:
Contact & E-mail: Michael Trent
Contact Title: Competition Director
Organization: Movieguide
1041 North Formosa Avenue
Formosa Bldg., Ste 217
West Hollywood, CA 90046
United States
Phone: 323-650-4674
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