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Call for Filmmakers:
2nd Annual Stephen King’s Dollar Babies Short Film Program

When: Feb. 27-April 30 2020
Submissions of original short films are being accepted now through April 30. The selection committee will choose up to 14 short films to screen at the Dryden in October as part of the Dollar Babies programs. Filmmakers will be notified by May 31 if their entry was chosen.

Dollar Babies were born in 1983 when American author Stephen King began licensing some of his short stories to young filmmakers for a dollar. King has written more than fifty novels and two hundred short stories over the course of his career, and for more than 35 years, he has allowed student filmmakers to adapt some of these titles into their own projects. These “Dollar Babies” give young filmmakers an opportunity to work on adapting a work for film and raising the profile of their finished film. Since 1983, more than 150 Dollar Babies have been shown in festivals around the world.

Submissions must be made by e-mail. Filmmakers must forward a screening link or viewable file of their film to Jared Case, Curator of Film Exhibitions, George Eastman Museum at on or before April 30. Use DOLLAR BABIES PROGRAM SUBMISSION in the subject line. Include your contact information, film title, and credits in the body of your e-mail submission. All submissions must be based on a Stephen King short story. To find out more about what stories are currently available for adaptation, visit

Each submission will be reviewed by Jared Case; Karen vanMeenen, Director of Community Reading Programs at Writers & Books; and Dr. Lester Friedman, Emeritus Professor, Media & Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A maximum of 14 films will be selected for screening on October 28 or 29, and filmmakers will be notified via e-mail by May 31.

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