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The 90‚ÄźSecond Newbery Film Festival is a festival in which filmmakers of any age (but mostly kids and teens) make movies that hilariously and creatively compress the story of a Newbery award winning (or honor) book into 90 seconds or less.

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival has been held in New York, Portland, & Chicago to rave reviews, and now for the second year in row, Tacoma.


About the 90-Second Newbery and How to Attend an Info Session

Rules and How to Enter

See Amazing & Hilarious 2013 Films

Attend A Free Film Class or Editing Day

Find A Newbery Book

Support for Educators & Community Groups

Curious? Learn More About the 90-Second Newbery Film Fest Or Attend an Info Session 

The 90-Second Newbery is a program of the KidLit Foundation, in which kids, teens, and adults are invited to make and submit a video based on a Newbery award winning (or honor) book.



Read, Create, Be a Star!

  • The top 20 films will be screened at a grand opening on March 1, 2014.
  • All films will be posted on the library's website and Facebook.
  • All film creators will be treated like stars!
    • They will walk the red carpet.
    • Have paparazzi take their photos.
    • Be presented with an award.
    • Be applauded by adoring fans.

Last year we packed the room with over 200 people. It was awesome!

Want to explore past Film Fests Check out the 90-Second Newbery Film Fest information on James Kennedy's website. http://jameskennedy.com/90-second-newbery/

Who is James Kennedy? He's the host of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, the festival's co-creator, and author of The Order of the Odd-Fish. He's also a super fun-cool guy who made last year's opening an event to remember!

Want to learn more and ask questions?

Come to A 90-Second Newbery Information Session at a library near you!

Main Library 1102 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98405

Tuesday - December 18, 2013 @ 6 - 7 p.m., Main Library

Friday - December 20, 2013 @ 4 - 5 p.m., Main Library


Wheelock Library 3722 N 26th St. Tacoma, WA 98406

Wednesday - January 8, 2014 @ 6 - 7p.m., Wheelock Library

Friday - January 10, 2014 @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Wheelock Library


Moore Library 215 South 56th Street Tacoma, WA 98408

Tuesday - January 14, 2014 @ 6 - 7 p.m., Moore Library

Friday - January 17, 2014 @ 3:30 - 4:30, Moore Library


Kobetich Library 212 Browns Point Blvd NE Tacoma, WA 98422

Tuesday - January 7, 2014 @ 6 - 7 p.m., Kobetich Library

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Rules & How to Enter

  • Film Fest participants must produce a short film about a Newbery medal or honor winning book.
  • The film must be 90 seconds or less.
  • The film must tell the entire story or plot of the book in a ridiculously short amount of time. (No book trailers.)
  • The 20 best films will be screened at the grand opening on March 1, 2014.
  • All films will be aired on the StoryLab website!
  • Submission deadline February 8, 2014.
  • Upload video to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Send your film's link in the body of the email with the subject line:


to kennedyjames@gmail.com and sholloway@tacomapubliclibrary.org

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See All The Films from Tacoma Public Library's 2013 90-Second Film Fest 

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Attend a Film Class Or Drop-in At the Library's Media StoryLab to Edit Your Film

We will offer 4 free film classes over December 2013 and January 2014 for

90-Second Newbery contenders.

Here students will learn and apply some of the basic skills needed to create a short film, including story, scriptwriting, directing, videography, editing, and more. They will be working with HD cameras and editing software to create projects that can range from scenes to a complete short film.

Film Classes for Ages 9-14

Saturday - January 11, 2014 @ 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Main Library

Tuesday - January 21, 2014 @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Main Library

Film Class for Ages 12-19

Saturday - December 28, 2013 @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Main Library

Drop-in anytime during StoryLab Hours:

Use our digital media software to edit a film. Our wonderful staff will be there to assist you on the spot. If you become a vetted StoryLab member, you can even check out a video camera to film your submission!

Software we offer includes:

  • iMovie
  • Final Cut Pro


Saturdays are a great day to come by for extra help, and Saturday's are also family friendly.

If you wanted to film using the lab's green screen. Children, teens, assisting parents, are all welcome.

StoryLab Hours

Tuesday - Friday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Find A Newbery Award Winning or Honor Book!

Explore A List of All Newbery Titles 

Find A Newbery Title to Check Out From The Tacoma Public Library

Read Reviews of Newbery Titles On Goodreads


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till Need Help Finding the Perfect Book? Contact the Teen Services Librarian, Sara Sunshine Holloway. She will match you with a good choice.

sholloway@tacomapubliclibrary.org 253.292.2001 Ext. 1791

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Support for Educators & Community Groups

This film festival makes a fantastic club or school project. It's also a perfect extra credit assignment. Feel free to contact us! We would love to collaborate.

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is relevant to:

  • Literacy
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Common core
  • STEM
  • Project based learning

Need proof? Check this out! How Film Making Is Relevant to Common Core

Contact Sara Sunshine Holloway, Teen Service Librarian, to discuss collaboration, request posters, or a class visit. 

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Last Updated 04.01.2014