90-Second Newbery Film Festival 2017-2018

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival returns to Tacoma this 2017-2018, and we are thrilled!

Last year’s film festival was so successful we felt it was time to move to a bigger venue. This year, local submissions will be shown at the Blue Mouse Theater! WOW!

Big thanks to the Blue Mouse Theater for donating the space.

What is the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival exactly?
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kids and teens create movies that tell the entire stories of a Newbery-winning (or honor) book in 90 seconds or a little bit longer. Parents and educators can help. In fact, they are encouraged to!

Tacoma Public Library has hosted a local edition of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival for five years and counting.

Read. Create. Be a STAR!
The best Tacoma films will be shown at a public screening party at the Blue Mouse Theatre complete with a live Oscar style stage show, awards, and popcorn! 

Selected films travel to Chicago, New York, and beyond.  Every year Tacoma has submissions screened all over the country, and there are 3 films from Tacoma on the “Best Videos” section of the 90-Second Newbery webpageopens a new window.

Visit the 90-Second Newbery Webpageopens a new window for...

  • Rules
  • Examples of previous films
  • A comprehensive list of Newbery books
  • To see all of Tacoma Public Library’s previous submissions

Important Dates

  • Submission due date - Saturday, January 12, 2018
  • Screening party - Saturday, April 14, 2018

Making a movie is a challenge, but you don’t have to go it alone.
Tacoma Public Library has your back.

We provide curriculum guides, film making resources, video cameras for checkout, editing software, and free training for families, homeschool groups, and educators. Learn more here.