Movieguide® recently announced the winners of the Tenth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters and the winner of the Second Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented annually by Movieguide®, the Kairos Prizes award $50,000 to the top three entries and celebrates the best new screenwriters from around the world whose work aims to greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.
The Chronos Prize, also supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, awards $50,000 to the top screenplay as chosen by Hollywood leaders. The prize honors established filmmakers whose work seeks to “increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
This year, Dave Alan Johnson, Gary R. Johnson, and Joan Considine Johnson captured the attention of the judges, bringing home the Chronos Prize for their script, The Star of Bethlehem, which is about an 11-year-old girl and her father who go up against a politically correct school system to prove the science behind the Star of Bethlehem.
As for the Kairos Prizes, Jeff Peabody of Federal Way, WA, took home the $25,000 Grand Prize for his script When Mountains Moved, in which famous author Charles Dickens investigates the incredible tales he’s heard about George Müller, a real-life dirt-poor preacher in Victorian England who’s saving thousands of orphans from the streets.
First runner-up Glenn Brown of Leeds, AL, received the $15,000 for his script A Seed Of Faith and second runner-up Gina Brulato of Sarasota, FL, took home the $10,000 for her script A Heart Of Flesh.
“I’ve been encouraged to see continued growth in the quality of submissions each year,” said Michael Trent, Executive Director of the Kairos Prizes for Movieguide®. “I am also heartened by the increasing success of previous winners.”
All award winners were announced last month at the 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
In addition to the Chronos and Kairos Prizes, a highlight of Movieguide®’s Faith & Values Awards was the presentation of the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV. Also supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Epiphany Prizes honor the best, most inspiring movie and television program of the previous year. Pure Flix’s God’s Not Dead and UP TV’s Love Finds You in Sugarcreek won the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes.
This year, the 11th Annual Kairos Prize and the Third Annual Chronos Prize will open for entries in April. For more information about the Chronos Prize and the Kairos Prizes, visit www.chronosprize.com and www.kairosprize.com, respectively.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 12, 2015