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The STEPHEN KING RULES Online Film Festival starts tomorrow!

Last year the good folks at Barker Street Cinema (i.e. Leah Coghlan, James Douglas, Norm Coyne and Anthony Northrup) opened the very first Stephen King Rules film festival, a multi-day celebration of America’s reigning master of horror that serves to spotlight short films made by up-and-coming filmmakers who have participated in King’s “Dollar Baby” program. This year–

What is that? You don’t know the “Dollar Baby” program? OK, well, it goes like this: For years, Stephen King has made the rights to some of his short stories available for $1 to up-and-coming filmmakers who want to adapt his work. In exchange for this ridiculously small sum of money, the filmmakers must accept that their resulting films will never be released for profit. It’s A-OK to screen them at a film festival, but it’s not acceptable, for example, to sell Blu-rays with copies of the short film on them. King helps filmmakers, filmmakers adapt King without breaking the bank, everyone wins.

Anyway, the Stephen King Rules film festival collects a ton of these shorts and streams them online, free of charge, for King fans around the world to enjoy. It’s all in keeping with the “Dollar Baby” spirit and makes for a great time for King nerds who want to see the latest ever adaptation of his work.

Year two of the festival is happening as one of the main attractions at this year’s AC Festival (now in its fifth year) in Davenport, Iowa, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Not only have the Stephen King Rules team put together a truly impressive lineup for this year’s festivities, but they’ve also invited some very special guests to help make the festival run. Here is an overview of the full schedule:


That’s… a whole bunch of Dollar Babies.

As mentioned earlier, the online festival too lengthy interviews with some of the filmmakers whose work appears as part of the Stephen King Rules line-up, alongside guests like Marc Bernardin (stone castle), Ming Chen (cartoon men), Amber Nash (Archer), noted Stephen King scholar Bev Vincent and FANGORIA’s THE KINGCAST (having attended the festival practically last year and finding ourselves deeply impressed with the lineup of the Stephen King Rules team together, we were more than happy to agree to appear on this year’s closing party).

Head over to this page to find out more about the festival and where you can watch it online. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss this bad boy, especially if you’re as big of a Stephen King fan as we are in these parts. See you there, people!