GUIDELINES & CRITERIA
IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE ARE MANY SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS THAT HONOR WONDERFUL, EXCITING AND ENTERTAINING SCRIPTS, AND SOME THAT HONOR MORAL SCRIPTS, HOWEVER THE KAIROS PRIZE ENDEAVORS TO ENCOURAGE THE PRODUCTION OF FEATURE FILMS THAT ARE WHOLESOME, UPLIFTING AND INSPIRATIONAL, WHICH RESULT IN A GREATER INCREASE IN EITHER MAN’S LOVE OR UNDERSTANDING OF GOD. OUR INTENTION IN SETTING UP THE GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA IS TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE COMPETITION SO THAT YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR SUBMISSIONS. A WORD OF WARNING: THIS COMPETITION IS NOT FOR THE NOMINALIST, OCCULT, NEW AGE, OR OTHER NON-JUDEO-CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY. PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA. SUBMISSIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THEM WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
1. In selecting the winners of the contest, judges consider not only a scripts entertainment value and craftsmanship, but also whether or not the script in question is uplifting, inspirational, spiritual, and if it teaches lessons in ethics and morality.
2. Furthermore, the judges consider whether the script is primarily spiritual, rather than merely humanitarian, and whether it resulted in a dramatic increase in either man’s love or understanding of God. Considering this, the judges will decide whether the script communicates God’s wisdom and infinite love in new, effective and creative ways, thereby helping people understand the relationship of God.
3. Primarily scripts should be suitable for a G or PG rating. Adult themes will be accepted with the following warning: Action and/or dialogue must not be gratuitous in nature or form. Given the reality of creating recognizable, identifiable and realistic environments within the storytelling process – these themes must be handled with great care.
4. The script may be allegorical but should refer implicitly and/or explicitly to biblical principles, values and virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible. To define this more clearly, judges will take into account the criteria that Movieguide® Magazine uses to evaluate films and television programs. A list of these criteria are to the right.
5. The script should adhere to the short form of the Motion Picture Code: The basic dignity and value of human life shall be respected and upheld. Restraint shall be exercised in portraying the taking of life. Evil, sin, crime and wrong-doing shall not be justified. Detailed and protracted acts of brutality, cruelty, physical violence, torture, and abuse, shall not be presented. Indecent or undue exposure of the human body shall not be presented. Illicit sex relationships shall not be justified. Intimate sex scenes violating common standards of decency shall not be portrayed. Restraint and care shall be exercised in presentations dealing with sex aberrations. Obscene speech, gestures or movements shall not be presented. Undue profanity shall not be presented. Religion shall not be demeaned. Words or symbols contemptuous of racial, religious or national groups, shall not be used so as to incite bigotry or hatred. Excessive cruelty to animals shall not be portrayed and animals shall not be treated inhumanely.
MOVIEGUIDE®’S EVALUATION GUIDES
Aesthetically by looking at the artistic value of the script, and by looking at how well the script is written.
Emotively by looking at how it captures and amuses the audience as entertainment and amusement.
Semantically by looking at the individual elements and their meanings, just as many parents do.
Syntactically by looking at how the elements come together and how the characters relate to each other, just as many teenagers and young adults do.
Propositionally by looking at what the script is communicating, as summarized in its premise.
Generically by comparing it to other scripts in its genre.
Thematically by looking at the themes that are present in the script.
Morally by looking at its moral perspective and content.
Biblically by looking at the biblical perspective and principles in the script.
Systematically by looking at how the script relates to other scripts.
Intellectually by looking at how the script fulfills its goals and premise.
Sociologically by looking at how the script relates to culture and society.
Politically by looking at the political perspective of the script.
Cognitively by looking at the age group to whom the script is marketed, the age group for whom it is suitable, and how it will impact a particular age group.
Psychologically by looking at how the script deals with mind and soul.
Historically by looking at how accurate the script is in presenting history.
Sexually by looking at how the script deals with sex and sexual relationships.
Philosophically by looking at the philosophical perspective and worldview of the script.
Ontologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of being.
Epistemologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of knowing.
Spiritually by looking at how the script deals with God, faith and religion.