Five years ago, author James Kennedy launched the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival as a way to inspire kids to dive into both literature and media.
His festival invites kids, pre-teens and teens to select a Newbery Award or Honor book and create a 90-Second video that collapses the entire story of the book down to about a minute-and-a-half. Yikes! This a daunting, yet rollicking feat when kids get behind the camera!
His festival has been so popular that he now hosts screenings in eight cities across the country. AND, next April 3, in celebration of his fifth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, he’ll be doing a major screening in Rochester, NY!
RCTV, the George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film, KidsOutAndAbout.com and Writers & Books are partnering to bring the Festival and its Founder, James Kennedy here, to hold a screening at the famous Dryden Theatre.
If you’re a filmmaker, a teacher, a librarian, or a parent who works with kids through teens, or you’re a young person who’s participated before, please help us get the word out that the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is seeking submissions!
So how do the kids submit?
- Select a Newbery Award or Honor book
- Decide on the format (comedy, drama, animation, tragedy, horror, or any other genre they can cook up!)
- Add a twist. So, how about a comedy that’s a musical, or a thriller that’s done completely in questions, or a drama done as a badly-dubbed Godzilla movie (wait, that’s been done!). If you want inspiration, check out 25 Successful Newbery videos.
- Write the script, and decide who will play what part.
- Decide on settings, props, and costumes.
- Have a blast filming!
- Edit the work down to 90 seconds, give or take.
- Upload your videos to YouTube or Vimeo or whatever and send James Kennnedy the link at kennedyjames [at] gmail [dot] com. The subject line should read “90 SECOND NEWBERY.” Include the name and age of the young person submitting, where they’re from, and whatever other comments they’d like to include. Use an alias if you want; He understands privacy concerns. DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 14!
- Be sure to check out the 90-Second Newbery page for all the details!
- Hope to see you at the Dryden when your work appears on the BIG SCREEN during the FREE Screening, to which you can invite families and friends!