2019-20 Finalists for the 14th Annual Kairos Prizes®

Date:  Wednesday  December 11, 2019

Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today seven finalists for the Fourteenth Annual Kairos Prize® for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters and five finalists for the Kairos Pro Prize® for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers.

The winning script from each category will be announced at the 28thAnnual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood on January 24th 2020.

The Kairos Prizes® are presented annually by Movieguide®, and awards $15,000 to each winner whose work “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”

This year’s finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Kairos Prize® for Beginning Screenwriters

   CHANGING SCORE – Bridget McMahon

   FAITH HOUSE – Victoria Dorshorn

   SEARCHING FOR SHEIDA – Anne Cattaruzza (Top 3 Finalist)

   THE PIANO GOSPEL – Tony Gonzalez (Top 3 Finalist)

   THE ROAD TO YOU – Amy Molina (Top 3 Finalist)

   THE VALLEY OF HOPE – Quientola Eicher

   WESLEY JONAH – Mitchell Irion

 

Kairos Pro Prize® for Established Screenwriters

   A MANGER MIRACLE – Jeanne Dukes (Top 3 Finalist)

   DARK DAYS – Christina Denton

   MURPHY’S CHRISTMAS – Jeff Peabody

   SOLD FOR ASHES – Glenn Brown (Top 3 Finalist)

   THE ALMIGHTY YES – Alexandra Boylan, John K.D. Graham (Top 3 Finalist)

 

The finalist Judges for this years contest are:

Bob Norton

Animator and Producer (HAPPY FEET, LEGO MOVIE, LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, PETER RABBIT)

Cary Solomon

Writer and Producer (GOD’S NOT DEAD,GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, UNPLANNED)

Chuck Konzelman

Writer and Producer (GOD’S NOT DEAD,GOD’S NOT DEAD, UNPLANNED)

DeVon Franklin

Producer and Actor (BREAKTHROUGH, THE STAR, WOODLAWN)

Pablo De Rosso

Vice President, Content Strategy & Analysis Netflix

Paul Sirmons

Producer Director(TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS, THE WAY BACK HOME)

Rich Peluso

Senior Vice President Affirm Films, Sony Pictures

Rob Hudnut 

Producer (SCREECHERS WILD!, BATTLE CLAW, MAX STEEL TEAM TURBO)

Trey Reynolds

Vice President Production Provident Films

 

(This post will be updated January 15, 2020 to include writer credits after the industry judges have submitted their scores.)

Since 2006, the Kairos Prizes® have championed the brightest new voices emerging from the world of screenwriting.

In addition to the Kairos Prizes®, the highlight of the MOVIEGUIDE® Awards each year is the presentation of the two Epiphany Prizes® for Inspiring Movies & TV. The Epiphany Prizes® honor the best, most inspiring movie and television program of the previous year.