A story written almost 30 years ago by a Westport playwright and artist that has been turned into a short film that may be entered into the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

Jack Ryder, the English film director who transformed Mary Grace Dembeck's "Act of Memory" into a short film, recently applied to enter the half-hour piece into the film competition.

The story, which Dembeck wrote in 1983 and originally set in Brooklyn, is about a moment in her childhood involving her mother and a Christmas tree. Ryder, who wrote the script for the silent film, transposed his version to the Southwark area of London.

The film is scheduled to be shown on BBC on Christmas Eve.

The story was previously printed in "I Thought My Father Was God," a collection of short stories that have won the National Story Project.

Dembeck has exhibited paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Reader's Digest. She is also the author of a collection of children's poetry, "Moonsnacks and Assorted Nuts." She has collaborated on a number of songs with singer Maureen McGovern.