ROSEVILLE (Nov. 7, 2014) — Minnesota is hosting its first-ever 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, a video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less. Minnesota’s festival is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Minnesota Department of Education’s State Library Services division.
Making a film offers students a uniquely creative and multi-faceted educational experience. Kids can perform all of the writing, storyboarding, prop creation and acting, as well as direct, edit and produce the final film. Or, kids can partner with adults or tech savvy teens to perform some of the planning, writing or production functions, including filming or editing functions.
Interested teachers, coaches, librarians, media coordinators and parents are encouraged to visit the 90-Second Newbery website (90secondnewbery.com) for inspiration and details about the contest, including how to submit an entry. There you may download the handy guide of tips, tricks, and strategies, and hear about the competition and event directly from founder and curator of the 90-second Newbery Film Festival.
The deadline for submitting films is Dec. 20, 2014.
Select films will be shown during the Minnesota screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library -Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, in Pohlad Hall. James Kennedy—author, founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—will co-host the festival with local author Kelly Barnhill.