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90 Second Newbery Film Festival

Newbery Film Festival for Kids

I thought this would make for a fun book club for children or home school project. Or maybe just a fun project for a budding movie director. Your child can make a 90 second movie based on a Newbery book to enter this film festival. There’s plenty of time. The deadline is not until September 15, 2011. This would also be a fun summer project to do with friends!

Here’s a list of all the Newbery winners. This would make a GREAT book club meeting for kids!

p.s. If you like this post, you might like my post Book Trailers (like movie trailers but on great KidLit).

Here’s how to enter:
1. Your video should be 90 seconds or less. (Okay, okay: if it’s three minutes long but absolute genius, we’ll bend the rules for you. But let’s try to keep them short.)
2. Your video has to be about a Newbery award-winning (or Newbery honor-winning) book.

Here’s how to enter:1. Your video should be 90 seconds or less. (Okay, okay: if it’s three minutes long but absolute genius, we’ll bend the rules for you. But let’s try to keep them short.)
2. Your video has to be about a Newbery award-winning (or Newbery honor-winning) book.3. Your video must condense the plot of the book in 90 seconds or less. Again, exceptions will be made for something really ingeniously bonkers, but it has to be related to a Newbery winning book.

4. Upload your videos to YouTube or Vimeo or whatever and send me the link at kennedyjames [at] gmail [dot] com. Make the subject line be “90 SECOND NEWBERY” and please tell me your name, age, where you’re from, and whatever other comments you’d like to include, including whether you’d like me to link to your personal site. You can give an alias if you want; I understand privacy concerns.

5. Sending the link to me grants me (James Kennedy) the right to post it on my blog and to other websites where I sometimes post content (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and to share at public readings, school visits—and hopefully the 90-Second Film Festival at the New York Public Library in the Fall of 2011.

6. Deadline is September 15, 2011.

Sample:

And this is from Paper Tigers Blog (which I LOVE!), and it’s from award winning author, Grace Lin with a personal plea to YOU to make her book into your own masterpiece:

Librarians, teachers, parents & kids–here’s a fun project! Take any Newbery award-winning story and make into 90 second

 

movie. Then enter it into this contest to get it shown at the 90-second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library!

I was particularly excited when I heard about this contest as I’ve dreamed for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon to be made into a movie. Unfortunately, so far, Hollywood has not called but if a reader makes a 90-second Where the Mountain Meets the Moon movie I think I would consider that a dream come true!

So much so, that if you do happen to make a 90-second Where the Mountain Meets the Moon movie for this film festival, I’ll send you a print from the Grace Lin Gallery (my etsy shop)! Is that bribery? So far, there’s nothing about that in the rules… Read all about the contest HERE.

Deadline for the contest is Sept. 15 2011 and if you do enter a 90-second Where the Mountain Meets the Moon movie, please send me the link too! Your Oscar awaits.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

2 Comments

  1. Great tips about film festivals. I thought this would make for a fun book club for children or home school project.Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

    • Hi Pawan,
      I never did this for a book club for kids but it would be my fantasy. My son and his friends had a book club and they could do a Newbery entry using Lego stop motion. They love doing that and I bet it would be a unique entry!
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