Melany Ethridge
(972) 267-1111, ext. 204 • [email protected]

Scripts Due Friday, Dec. 7, in Competition for
Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays


The annual $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays (sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation) is accepting submissions for its annual scriptwriting competition through Friday, Dec. 7.

Now in its third year, the competition is receiving much attention from amateur screenwriters across the nation – along with studio heads in Hollywood who are anxious to get their hands on the next big Christian blockbuster.

While the $50,000 prize already sets the contest apart from other screenwriting competitions, the more important prize for the winners is the chance to have their scripts in the hands of major studio executives, including the likes of Disney’s Dick Cook and Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg. Many writers in Hollywood work for years to have that opportunity – and it often never happens.

"Christians want to make a difference in Hollywood, and this is a key way to do that," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and executive producer of Movieguide, which facilitates the contest. "Far too many of us simply sit at home and cry out against the darkness in Hollywood. This competition provides an active way that Christians can get involved in the process, by getting better and more uplifting scripts in the right hands."

In the two-year history of the competition, several of the top scripts are still being considered by significant film production companies with the Grand Prize winner from its first year, JOHN, THE REVELATOR by David M. Anthony, currently set for production through Pure Flix Entertainment early next year.

Semi-finalists in this year’s contest will be announced by late January. The top three winners will be announced at the 16th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on February 12, 2008, attended by more than 200 top executives, filmmakers and celebrities. Dr. Baehr will also announce the Templeton Foundation-sponsored Epiphany Prizes at the event.

More information and submission guidelines are available at A comprehensive understanding of the type of scripts the Kairos Prize will be awarding can be found in Dr. Ted Baehr’s book, So You Want to Be in Pictures, available at

The Kairos Prize was established as a result of Sir John Templeton’s long-held belief that the media – and specifically the entertainment media – plays a role in how individuals form their ideas about morality and spirituality. He determined that individuals and companies should be encouraged to produce entertainment with positive messages about faith and values.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Dr. Ted Baehr is available for interviews regarding the Kairos Prize. Please contact Melany Ethridge at (972) 267-1111 or via email at [email protected], for more information or to arrange an interview.