its inception in 2005, the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
has given a voice to new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor
to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually
by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, MOVIEGUIDE® presented
its first Kairos Prize in 2006 at the 14th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Awards
in Beverly Hills, CA. Seeking to promote positive change in the motion
picture industry, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the
influence of moral and spiritual values within the entertainment industry
as a whole. MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment
has been on the forefront for more than 30 years, advocating positive
and redeeming values in Hollywood. The MOVIEGUIDE® Awards, now in
its 20th year, recognizes the top films and television programs which
reflect the best that the entertainment industry has to offer. While
much attention has been granted those who are “in” the industry,
Dr. Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, wanted to bring
encouragement and hope to new voices that would one day be writing Hollywood’s
blockbusters – hence the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting
its inaugural year, the Kairos Prize has helped to open doors for its
winners as they have gone on to sign with top agencies and have their
scripts optioned and produced. The 2006 Grand Prize winner, David M.
Anthony, recently saw the release of his winning screenplay JOHNNY (originally
titled JOHN, THE REVELATOR) through Pure Flix Entertainment and there
are two others that are currently in development. The future of the
Kairos Prize is bright as we continue in our efforts to bring scripts
to Hollywood that result in a greater increase in either man’s
love or understanding of God.
Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®
(CFTVC) ministry and its family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org).
CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated
to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing
industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about
the influence of the entertainment media.”religious belief. It
also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing
world, character education in schools and universities, and programs
for cultivating the talents of gifted children.
John Templeton Foundation
John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic
catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call
the Big Questions. It supports work at the world's top universities
in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology,
cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness,
creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief.
It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the
developing world, character education in schools and universities, and
programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.