90-Second Newbery

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Get started on your 90-Second Newbery video today!

How to Start:

  • Round up a group of friends and choose a Newbery award-winning or Newbery Honor book to read.
  • Read the book.
  • Check out our Tips & Tricks post.
  • Write a script for a 90-second long retelling of the book.
  • Film your movie. (Be creative! Have fun!)
  • Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and then fill out this form to ENTER THE CONTEST
  • We will contact you before our 2021 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Witte Museum to let you know if we will be showing your film, but everyone is welcome to come to the film festival and celebrate!

For handy tips from the creator of the 90-Second Newbery contest, check out 90secondnewbery.com.

The Rules:

  • Films must be student-driven.
  • Films should be about 90 seconds long.
  • Films must be about a Newbery award-winning or Newbery Honor book.
  • No book trailers! No video book reports! We're looking for full-on dramatizations, with mostly child actors, that manage to tell the entire story of the book in 90 seconds.
  • Be creative! Change the genre! Use your imagination!
  • Submit your video using this form.

The Prizes:

  • Prize money will be awarded towards a literacy initiative, school library, or non-profit organization of the winner's choice.
  • Prizes will be awarded in two categories
    • In the Kindergarten through Grade Six category
    • In the Grade Six through Grade 12 category

We wish you all good luck!

 

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90-Second Newbery Film Festival Winners from 2020

Need some inspiration? Check out these amazing films from the 2019 90-Second Newbery San Antonio winners! James Kennedy's also has a collection of some of the best 90-Second Newbery videos of all time on his website.

Grand Prize Winner

Adaptation of Annie and the Old One written by Miska Miles and illustrated by Peter Parnall (1972 Newbery Honor winner)

Adapted by Alinne and Brenda from Young Women's Leadership Academy in SAISD

Grand Prize Winner

Adaptation ofEl Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell (2015 Newbery Honor winner)

Adapted by Sophia R., Joe C., Miguel M.-G., Zoe V., Danae R., Ivanna H., Camila G., Keily M.-M., Perla R., Santos R., Naimah C., Malakie R., Louis V., Mario O., Julian T., Jesus P., and Nathaniel Y. from Price Elementary

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About 90-Second Newbery

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire story of a Newbery winning (or Newbery Honor) book--all in about a minute and a half!

The Mission

  • Entice students to read and discuss Newbery books (especially older, forgotten titles)
  • Encourage the close reading necessary to write a script that creatively sums up a book in 90 seconds
  • Give students opportunities to use new technologies, such as video equipment and editing software, in a creative way that promotes literacy
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Submit Your Video

Finished filming your amazing take on a Newbery Award Winning or Newbery Honor Book? Great! Here's how to submit it to our contest:

STEP ONE: Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo

STEP TWO: Fill out THIS FORM to let us know who you are and where your video is (in the form, you'll give us the URL of your video)

Questions? Please let us know.

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90-Second Newbery San Antonio Film Festival Winners in 2019

Need some inspiration? Check out these amazing films from the 2019 90-Second Newbery San Antonio winners! James Kennedy's also has a collection of some of the best 90-Second Newbery videos of all time on his website

Grand Prize Winner

Adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 Newbery Medal Winner)

Adapted by Ethan Q., Shane C., Conner D., and Miguel E. from Boerne, TX

Second Place Winner

Adaptation of Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman’s (1988 Medal Winner)

Adapted by Alinne and Brenda from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy

 

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