THE KIESER AWARD
The Kieser Award was created in 2002 in honor of Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser, C.S.P., a priest and producer who founded The HUMANITAS Prize, an annual award for television and feature film writers whose work not only entertains, but also enriches the viewing public.
The Kieser Award is a lifetime achievement award given to a writer whose body of work examines what it means to be a fully realized human being in a world struggling with deeply entrenched social issues like racism, sexism and ageism–and a multitude of other societal ills. This award goes to a writer whose work is both entertaining and uplifting, with stories that are beautifully crafted and characters who speak to our deepest selves. It was founded in honor of Fr. Bud Kieser, who had a prescient sense of the incredible power and reach of media. He passionately believed film and television should be tools for positive social change. That is why he created HUMANITAS 44 years ago.