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Newberry video contest

Oct 01, 2021 2021-10-01

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Contest Recognizing Inventive Films of Award-Winning Children’s Books

Since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been recognized as the most prestigious award in children’s literature. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. Anyone under 18 years of age is invited to make movies for this film festival, and adult help is encouraged. Every year the best movies received are shown at special-event screenings in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Boston, Tacoma, and other cities. The event is cohosted by founder James Kennedy (author of the young adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish and the adult sci-fi Dare to Know) and other award-winning children’s book authors. Past submissions have been ingenious, hilarious, and impressive—from musicals to stop-motion Claymation, from puppet shows to Minecraft. Students can check out 25 of the best 90-Second Newbery videos on the competition’s webpage.

Deadline: Video submissions due by January 14, 2022

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