Whatcha doing with the kids over holiday break? Are you making a video entry for the sixth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival? Founded by children’s author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish), it features videos of 90 seconds or less based on a winner of the Newbery Medal (see above). The deadline for submission is January 7. Here’s some inspiration:
The goal, says Kennedy, is not for kids to create mere book trailers or video book reports. The challenge is to compress the entire plot of the book in under two minutes, often with a transformative twist. Past entries include Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Father done in the style of a James Bond movie and E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web reimagined as a horror movie. Kids use many other styles as well, including claymation, puppet shows, musicals, silent films, and Minecraft. Filmmakers may adapt any Medal– or Honor–winning book. Participants should be under 21, but help from enthusiastic adults is allowed.
Don’t have a creative bone in your body? See the festival instead! It’s coming to 15 cities around the country with notable hosts like National Book Award-winner M. T. Anderson and Booklist’s own Keir Graff. You can find the full schedule here.