The HUMANITAS PRIZe

 
 

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.


ELIGIBLE CATEGORIES (*New Category)

Drama Teleplay
Comedy Teleplay
*Limited Series, TV Movie, or Special

Children’s Teleplay
Drama Feature Film
Family Feature Film
Comedy or Musical Feature Film

*Short Film
Documentary
Independent Feature Film


Submissions Open: September 1, 2019

Deadline: October 10, 2019

Announcements of finalists: NOVEMBER 2019

Annual awards event: January 24th, 2020

Teleplay or film must air or be released between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019
Episodes that air AFTER submission period are eligible for consideration


REQUIRED MATERIALS

  • Online application form

  • Final/shooting script (name redacted)

  • Digital content (documentary category only)

Click here for specific application requirements. 


Questions?

Please visit our FAQ page or email us at info@humanitasprize.org.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Writing credits must be redacted (i.e. removed) from the submitted script.

  • $100 entry fee per submission. $50 entry fee for the Shorts Film category.

  • No limit to the number of submissions.

  • All entries will remain 100% confidential.

  • Must be written in the English language.

    • If original script is written in a foreign language, English-translated versions are accepted.

TELEPLAY, LIMITED SERIES, TV MOVIE & SPECIAL CATEGORIES

  • Must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet, or Satellite).

  • Children’s Teleplay entries may be animated or live action.

FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES

  • Must have had a U.S. theatrical release.

  • Independent Feature films must have had a national or international festival release.

SHORT FILM CATEGORY

  • Must have had an air date, theatrical release, or festival release.

  • Must have had an air date, theatrical release, non-theatrical release, or festival release between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

    • Non-theatrical release defined as: having aired on broadcast, cable, internet or satellite as part of a short film series, showcase, or collection.

  • Run time of 40 minutes or less including credits.

  • May be animated or live action.

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY

  • Documentary entrants must submit digital content through web-based award judging portal.

  • Must have had an air date, theatrical release, or festival release.


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