The Vaccine Makers Project offers a variety of animations, videos, and films that can be used to engage diverse audiences with powerful stories and more easily explain complex topics related to vaccine science. On this page you can find resources to facilitate a film screening, as well as information and links to explore our film and video offerings. 

Film Screening Resources   

Most video resources are free to stream for events, but some may require licensing. The one-hour version of the Hilleman documentary requires licensing and modest fees determined by factors such as the number of screenings and desired format. Please contact us for personalized assistance.

Films, Videos and Animations 

Explore our offerings below. You can also find our video resources on the Vaccine Makers Project YouTube and Vimeo channels.  

Long-form documentary

The centerpiece of our video and animation efforts, HILLEMAN – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children, tells the story of vaccine development through the eyes of the world’s most prolific vaccinologist, Maurice Hilleman. Audiences will be inspired by this All-American hero and impressed by the bold choices that led him to save eight million lives a year through his scientific achievements. 

  • HILLEMAN | 2016 | Run time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Visit the “About Dr. Hilleman” page to learn more about Dr. Hilleman’s life and work and to watch excerpts from the film. 
  • Visit the “About the Film” page to order DVDs or Blu-rays, access a streaming link, or get information about screening license options. 

Short-form films & video clips 

Thirty minutes or less, these films inspire and educate through pithy storytelling. Audiences can hear Dr. Marion Gruber share her experiences at the FDA during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stanley Plotkin describe the frustration of outbreaks that led him to create the rubella vaccine, Dr. Hilary Koprowski detail the creative nature of scientists, and more. 

  • Marion Gruber: Preparedness Is Prevention | 2023 | Run time: 30 minutes
  • Visit the “Marion Gruber” page to view the full film, learn more about Dr. Gruber’s life and work and to access additional interview clips. 
  • Stanley Plotkin: Pioneering the use of fetal cells to make rubella vaccine | 2019 | Run time: 20 minutes 
  • Visit the “Stanley Plotkin” page to learn more about Dr. Plotkin’s controversial decision and to access additional interview clips.

Check out additional short films and video clips below. 


Short, captivating, and scientifically accurate animations offer an easy way to describe concepts related to the immune system and vaccines.