Timothy Partners Sponsors Screenwriting Prizes

There will be glitz, glamour, and gowns, but none of the politically correct, profane commentaries common in recent years at other Tinseltown events like the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Instead, some talented folks are dishing up redemptive drama and hope in an otherwise very dark place – Hollywood.

On Monday, February 24, Hallmark Channel will present the 28th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith and Values Awards and Report to the Entertainment Industry show, which honors excellence in faith- and family-themed films. The program airs at 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. Central).

Described by many as the Christian version of the Oscars, the awards have been presented since 1993 by MOVIEGUIDE®, under the auspices of the Christian Film and Television Commission, founded by President and CEO Ted Baehr.

This year’s show was emceed by actors Andrew Walker and Jen Lilley, both of whom have appeared in numerous big-studio productions as well as many Hallmark Channel movies.  

“Good Stuff from New People”

Once again, the Timothy Partners, sponsor of the Timothy Plan Family of Mutual Funds, has sponsored the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, the largest screenwriting competition of its kind in the United States.  The two categories are for First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters, and for Professional or Established Screenwriters.

“With all the questionable content coming out of Hollywood over the years, we’re proud to be able to encourage good stuff from new people – and some old pros,” said Timothy Plan founder and CEO Art Ally. “The amazing thing this year from when Ted started MOVIEGUIDE® is that 62 percent of films now have redeeming value and you can take the whole family to them.”

Both Kairos Awards are worth $15,000 each. Six previous winners and nominees have seen their screenplays produced: John the Revelator (2006); Season of Miracles (2009); A Matter of Time (2017); All Saints (2017); Mully (2017), and The Prayer Box (2018). Several others are in various stages of development and/or nearing production.

In 2017, All Saints became the first Kairos prize winner to be released by a major studio (Sony).

Created in 2005, The Kairos Prize first announced its winners at the 14th annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith and Values Awards in February 2006. Presented each year since, the competition has received over 4000 entries, including about 500 this year.

Star Power

The fast-moving, one-hour special, taped on January 24, features lots of TV and film stars and noted directors, producers, and screenwriters.

The event has featured Jon Voight, Chuck Norris, Nancy Stafford, Terry Crews, Lacey Chabert, Sadie Robertson, Bill Engvall, and Joe Mantegna, among many others. In 2016, Dolly Parton won the Epiphany Prize for 2015 for her TV film “Coat of Many Colors.”

The several major categories include the Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and Most Inspiring TV show; the Faith & Freedom Awards for both movies and TV; Best Movie for Families; Best Movie for Mature Audiences; and the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances for movies and TV.  In addition, Crystal Teddy Awards will recognize the 10 best films for family audiences and 10 best films for mature audiences, chosen for their moral and spiritual principles, as well as production values.

“The thing that pleased us the most at this year’s ceremony,” said Art, who attended the festivities with his wife Bonnie and daughter Cheryl and her husband Brian, “was that every award winner gave honor to Jesus Christ.”

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