Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Returns

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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.” - 90-Second Newbery webpage

We are super excited to announce that Tacoma Public Library will be hosting this film festival again this year.

Beautiful little girl in a long evening gown is posing for photographers on a red carpet illuminated by spotlightsWhy should you join?

Making movies is a wonderful way to be creative and have fun with your friends.

You can be a star!

The best Tacoma films are shown at an Oscar style screening party at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library complete with a live stage show, red carpet, awards and popcorn!  Selected films travel to Chicago, New York, and beyond.  Every year Tacoma has submissions screened at national venues, and there are 3 films from Tacoma on the “Best Videos” section of the 90-Second Newbery webpage.

Visit the 90 - Second Newbery Webpage for...

  • Rules
  • Examples of previous films
  • A comprehensive list of Newbery books

Important Dates

Submission due date - Saturday, January  7, 2017

Screening party - Saturday, February 11, 2017

Need tech? Need skills? No problem.

Tacoma Public Library’s Digital Media Lab provides video cameras for checkout and a space where you can edit your production using professional software. Furthermore, the Digital Media Lab instructor and teen services librarian can provide training.

We hope kids, teens, families, and educators of Tacoma embrace this opportunity to read great books, create unique films, and be a STAR!

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Newbery Film Festival Survey

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