Think Your Kid Has Got What It Takes to Be the Next Gerber Baby? Now's the Time to Find Out

Think your bundle of joy is the cutest baby on Earth? If Gerber agrees, you could win $50,000—college fund?—plus bragging rights for having spawned the brand's new "spokesbaby." For the ninth year in a row, Gerber is hosting a photo search contest on social media to find the newest Gerber baby, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Last year, Lucas Warren of Georgia made history by becoming the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome. In addition to receiving a cash prize, the winner gets to appear in Gerber brand advertisements and social media posts for a year. "Every year, for our annual photo search, we choose the baby who exemplifies Gerber's long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby," Gerber president and CEO Bill Partyka said in a statement.

Citizens of the U.S. and Puerto Rico who are 4 years old (48 months) or younger on the date of entry are eligible for consideration. To enter, just snap a photo of your pride and joy and upload it to Instagram with "#GerberPhotoSearch2018" written in the caption. If your account is private, be sure to change the settings to public so that judges can see your entry. Photo submissions will be judged on visual appeal, expressiveness of the child, and "consistency with Gerber's heritage and its Anything For Baby mission."

The last day to submit photos is October 20, and the winner will be announced on Gerber's Instagram page. For more details, check out the contest's official rules.

[h/t Democrat and Chronicle]

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Help Independent Cinemas by Entering This 'Sweded' Short Film Festival

Anyone can make a short 'sweded' film, like this one based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Anyone can make a short 'sweded' film, like this one based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Row House Cinema

In the 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind, Jack Black and company recreated some of their favorite films on VHS using a no-budget approach. Known as “sweding,” the technique has caught on, and now you can enter a short film of your own in a festival that has the added benefit of helping independent cinemas struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sweded Festival for Creative Re-Creations is organized by Row House Cinema and was once relegated to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Now it’s open to submissions from around the country. Entrants are asked to make a short (three- to five-minute) film paying homage to their favorite Hollywood movies using whatever locations and props they can find.

Previous entries have included takes on Alien, E.T., and The Princess Bride. Here’s a “sweded” version of Jaws:

The entries will be evaluated by a team of judges and the winners selected for inclusion in a full-length collection that will be broadcast in January 2021 to select independent cinemas and digital cinemas. (A cash prize is also awarded.) A portion of ticket sales will go to financial relief for cinemas affected by the pandemic.

You can enter online through December 31.