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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in just a few minutes. Creative takes are encouraged: think Charlotte’s Web as a horror movie, or The Tale of Desperaux as a musical!

For thirteen years we’ve screened the best kid-made movies annually in New York, San Francisco, Boston, and many other cities . . . including right here in Chicago!

Make your FREE reservation for the CHICAGO screening of the 2024 90-Second Newbery on Saturday, March 9, 2024 here:

The screening is at 2 pm at the Harold Washington Library Center (in the Pritzker Auditorium), hosted by film festival founder James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish) and Mary Winn Heider (author of The Stupendous Switcheroo and more).

We’ll be showing movies made by kids from Chicago and some of the best from around the country.

Tickets are free! However, we recommend reserving your seat in advance to ensure admittance. Although a reservation is recommended, you don’t have to bring a printed ticket. And if you want to make a donation to keep the film festival going, we’d certainly appreciate it!

(Interested in making your own 90-Second Newbery movie? Great! The deadline is January 26, 2024. You can find complete details, plus video resources, at the 90-Second Newbery website:


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