90-Second Newbery Contest
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.
- 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 February 15, 2020, 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.
- 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 by January 10, 2020, using this form.
- The 90-Second Newbery San Antonio Film Festival will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Witte Museum's Mays Family Center. Please join us to watch the top video entries!
- The top submissions will be chosen to screen at the Mays Family Center on February 15.
- Prize money will be awarded towards a literacy initiative, school library, or non-profit organization of the winner's choice.
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
Third Place Winner
Adaptation of The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo’s (2004 Newbery Medal Winner)
Adapted by Rome, Andrew, Manuel, Mac, Maddie, and Edrick from St. Anthony Catholic School
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 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.
2018 San Antonio Screening Winners
Find even more inspiration from these amazing films from the 2018 90-Second Newbery San Antonio winners! James Kennedy's full article about the San Antonio screening is also available online.
A grand prize of $1500, was awarded to Robert L. Vale Middle School of Northside ISD, for this adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2009 Medal Winner The Graveyard Book by Daniel V., Makayla B., Iyannah G., John O., and Gia B. Check it out!
A prize of $750 went to SAISD's Madison Elementary for Vincent B. and Francisco R.’s Lego stop-motion adaptation of Gary Paulsen’s 1988 Honor Book Hatchet. Check it out!
Maverick Elementary of SAISD won $500 for this adaptation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s 1949 Honor Book My Father’s Dragon by Alek C., Derek M., Aiden U., Anthony S., Julianna A., and Sarai C.
This movie of Victoria Jamieson’s 2016 Honor Book Roller Girl won an Honorable Mention and $250 for Rhodes Elementary of Northside ISD.