Prize: $10,000
Submissions: Teleplay, Feature Film, and Documentary.
Requirements: Teleplay or film must be aired or released between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
Entry fee: $100


entry details

We accept submissions for the following 8 categories:

  1. Comedy Feature Film

  2. Drama Feature Film

  3. Family Feature Film

  4. Independent Feature Film - NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

  5. Documentary

  6. 60-minute Drama

  7. 30-minute Comedy

  8. Children’s Teleplay (live action or animation)

There is an entry fee of $100 per submission.

There is no limit to the number of submissions.

To qualify, a film or teleplay must have been written in the English language (If original script is written in a foreign language, English-translated version will be accepted). The teleplay or film must air or be released within the calendar year.

Episodes that air between January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 are eligible for the 45th Annual HUMANITAS Prize award. If aired after the submission period, the episode will be kept confidential. Submissions will be accepted starting September 1, 2019. Please click below to apply.

Submission Materials

  • Online application form

  • Final/shooting script (name redacted)

  • Digital copy (documentary category only)

Click here for specific application requirements. 


Submission period: September 1 - October 15, 2019


Judging: October - November 2019

Announcements of finalists: December 2019

Annual awards event: January 24th, 2020

The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 by Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser. Fr. Bud was deeply committed to celebrating film and television writers whose work inspired more compassion, peace, love and dignity in the human family. 

A signature HUMANITAS story will:

  1. Challenge us to use our freedom to grow and develop.

  2. Confront us with our individual responsibility.

  3. Examine the consequences of our choices.

The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded annually and funded by an endowment established through the generosity of individuals, networks, studios and foundations. The winners receive both a trophy and a cash prize. Winners designate a non-profit engaged in nurturing the next generation of storytellers to receive their prize money. Past beneficiaries have included Young Storytellers, The Writers Guild Foundation, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Film2Future, ARC, The Remix Project, P.S. Arts, IDA, Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sundance Institute, Inside Out Writers, We for She and The Heidelberg Project.

I decided to go for a swim. Two hundred yards offshore, the intuition hit. Why not create a prize for the writers of the entertainment community—a prize for writing network movies that promote human values and enrich the viewers? And why single out the writer? Because I’ve learned that everything depends on the script.
— Fr. Bud Kieser


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