90 Second Newbery Film Festival Competition

Enter 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

The deadline for 90-Second Newbery Film Festival entries is January 7, 2017 (special deadlines for San Antonio, TX (12/2/2016) and Asheville, NC (2/8/2017)).

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—an annual celebration of kids’ creativity in which young filmmakers create short movies telling the entire stories of Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor books in roughly 90 seconds—is now open for submissions for its sixth year.

The goal is not for kids to create mere book trailers or video book reports. The challenge is to compress the entire plot of the book to under two minutes, often with a transformative twist.  Past entries include Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Father done in the style of a James Bond movie, E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web reimagined as a horror movie, and movies in many other styles, including claymation, puppet shows, musicals, silent films, and even Minecraft.

Filmmakers may adapt any Newbery Medal– or Honor– winning book from the entire history of the award. Participants should be under 21, but help from teachers and parents is allowed.

“The Graveyard Book” 90-Second Newbery from James Kennedy on Vimeo.

90 Second Newbery Film Festival Competition

90-Second Newbery Screening Dates & Locations

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – SAN ANTONIO, TX

With special co-host author Nikki Loftin (Wish Girl, Nightingale’s Nest). At the Charlene McCombs Empire Theatre (224 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX). 3 pm.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 – TACOMA, WA With co-host Doug Mackey. At the Tacoma Public Library (1102 Tacoma Ave S). 3-5 pm.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – PORTLAND, OR At the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR). Organized in conjunction with Portland Community Media. 4:30 pm. Friday, February 17, 2017 – OAKLAND, CA At Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library (5366 College Ave, Oakland, CA). 7 pm.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA With special co-host author Marcus Ewert (Mummy Cat). At the San Francisco Public Library main branch (100 Larkin Street) in the Koret Auditorium. 4-6 pm.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN With special co-host author Kelly Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy, The Most True Story of Jack).At the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall) in Pohlad Hall. 3-5 pm.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY At the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (5th Ave at 42nd St., New York, NY) in the Bartos Forum. 3-5 pm. Sunday, March 12, 2017 – BROOKLYN, NY At Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY) in the Dweck Auditorium. 2-4 pm.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 – ROCHESTER, NY At the Dryden Theatre at the Eastman Museum (900 East Ave, Rochester, NY). 2-4 pm. Saturday, April 1, 2017 – CHICAGO, IL With special co-host author/Booklist editor Keir Graff (The Other Felix, The Matchstick Castle). At the Vittum Theater (1012 N Noble St, Chicago). 3-5 pm.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – ASHEVILLE, NC At the Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood St., Asheville, NC). 1-3 pm.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – BOSTON AREA At the Brookline Public Library (361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA). 2-4 pm.

Updates to this schedule will be posted here.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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