While there is no lack of up-and-coming young screenwriters pitching Hollywood with their scripts for what they are sure is the next big blockbuster, the John Templeton Foundation $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritual Uplifting Screenplays is seeing to it that screenplays truly worth consideration receive that once-in-a-lifetime chance. Of the hundreds of scripts submitted for the competition, thirty-one semi-finalists have been selected. From these, the top three best scripts will be announced at the 15th Annual MovieguideŽ Faith and Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, hosted by John Ratzenberger.
This year's semi-finalists are:
A MIRACLE ON 125TH STREET By Cheryl E. Greene
POWER OF PRAYER By Steve Jager
BY MIGHT AND POWER By Daniel S. Elliott
SAMOBOR SANCTUARY By Nancy Schalm
CHAPLAIN COHEN By Ethan Goldman
SARAH'S GIFT By Stan Himes
CHEERS & LAUGHTER By R. Wyatt Scott
SILENT NIGHT By John P. Wolff
COWBOY By Staci Stallings
SILENT RESCUE By Patricia McGoldrick
DAMASCUS By Sharon A. Baker
SOLDIER OF THE LIGHT By Stephen F. Taylor
DOUBTING THOMAS By John L. Martins III
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS By David A. Wesner
HEARTS OF WAX By Leslie Ruth Damude
TEACH THEM TO FISH By Mimi Stuart Armstrong
HOME PLACE By Deana Costner
THE ANGEL GABRIEL By Carolyn Haywood
HOPE NOW By Skin Mead
THE ANGEL OF BORDEAUX By Joseph J. Avella
JULIUS By Byron Smythe
THE GIFT By Jeffrey M. Harvey
JUST MERCY By Jeffrey Gator Henry, Robert McCrea and Peter Coleman
THE MAN IN THE ALLEY By Lisa Kirazian
LITTLE ACCIDENTS By Calix Lewis Reneau
THE WIND KNOWS MY NAME By Claudia Kim Wolfkind
MARTYR By Brian J. Martin
UNLIMITED By David de Vos
ONE LAST CHANCE By J. Robb Kelley
WILD MONTANA SKY By Debra Holland
OTHER PEOPLE'S KIDS By Shelley D. Terrel
"Once again, we've been overwhelmed by the quality and creativity of the scripts submitted for this competition," said Dr. Ted Baehr, president of MovieguideŽ and the Christian Film & Television Commission, which awards the prize in conjunction with the Templeton Foundation. "With more scripts like these arriving every year, I'm very excited for the future of the film industry, that we can once again have choices at the box office that are both good quality films, with wholesome morals and values."
More important than the prize money for these scriptwriters is the very real opportunity their screenplays will have to be considered by the top studios in Hollywood. Names like Dick Cook (Disney), Penney Finkleman Cox (Sony Animation), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks) and Amy Pascal (Columbia Pictures), are just the tip of the iceberg of studio executives and producers who have signed up to take a look at the Kairos Prize winning entries. Last year's winner, JOHN, THE REVELATOR, by David M. Anthony, is still in process and could be just the beginning in a long line of new Christian blockbusters.
Specific criteria for the script contest described screenplays that are wholesome, uplifting and inspirational, and which result in a greater increase in either man's love for or understanding of "the one true creator God," similar to the famous Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. The John Templeton Foundation $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays includes a $25,000 grand prize and runner-up awards of $15,000 and $10,000 each.
The top three winners will be announced by Dr. Baehr and Dr. Templeton at the MovieguideŽ Awards Gala, where more than 200 top executives, filmmakers and celebrities will be in attendance. In addition to his annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, Dr. Baehr will also announce the Top Ten Films for Families and the Top Ten Films for Mature Audiences, as well as the Grace Awards for exemplifying God's grace and mercy toward us as human beings through their performances in a movie and television program, and the Templeton-sponsored Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Film and Television Program.
Contest info: John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize
© Copyright 2003 by www.filmmakers.com