Ken Ham of "Darwin's Plantation"
Melany Ethridge             972.267.1111


32 Contestants in Running for $50,000 Prize; Three Winners to be
Revealed at Movieguide® Awards Gala Feb. 12


California, Georgia and Texas featured prominently as the states with the most entries in the running for the $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays (sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation). Contestants from Canada and as far away as Australia also made the semi-finalist cut.

Contestants are available for interviews, along with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission and its publication Movieguide®, which works alongside the Templeton Foundation to encourage the production of entertainment choices with positive messages about faith and values. They can address the issue of getting quality scripts with uplifting values produced in today’s Hollywood, and what impact the continued writers’ strike may have on future opportunities for novice screenwriters.

Through Monday, Feb. 11

Via phone, or in person in the semi-finalists’ hometowns


• Now in its third year, the Kairos Prize awards $50,000 divided among the top three screenplays that are wholesome, uplifting and inspirational, and which result in an increase in either man’s love for or understanding of the “one true creator God.”

• In addition to the monetary prizes for the top three winners, their scripts will be reviewed by major studio executives, including the likes of Disney’s Dick Cook and Dreamworks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, who have read the scripts in previous years.

• The winners’ names and scripts will be announced at the 16th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 12, attended by more than 200 top executives, filmmakers and celebrities.

• 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 Baehr’s book, “So You Want to Be in Pictures,” available online at

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Note to Editors: For more information or to request an interview, please contact Melany Ethridge at 972.267.1111 or via email at [email protected].