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The Eleventh Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival kicks off tomorrow!

March 11, 2022



The screenings of the 2022 90-Second Newbery Film Festival start tomorrow! It’s an annual video contest I started in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds (adult help is okay). You can learn more about the 90-Second Newbery at its website.

We are now in our eleventh year—and it turns out that 2022 is the hundredth anniversary of the Newbery award itself!

This year, just like last year, most of our screenings will be virtual—hosted by me and fellow author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion and much more)—except for San Antonio, where we have an outdoor venue and my co-host will be Carolyn Flores (The Amazing Watercolor Fish and more). Each screening will show off the best movies I’ve received from that region, and from around the country!

Can’t catch the show on the announced dates and times? Don’t worry, even after the screenings, the shows will remain online at the links below.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, March 12, 2022
The BOSTON online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm EST here. Made possible by the Boston Public Library.

Saturday, March 19, 2022
The TACOMA, WA online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm PST here. Made possible by the Tacoma Public Library.

Saturday, March 26, 2022
The CHICAGO online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm CST here.

Sunday, March 27, 2022
The NEW YORK STATE online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm EST here.

Saturday, April 2, 2022
The SAN ANTONIO, TX screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Carolyn Flores (The Amazing Watercolor Fish and more). At the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Will Naylor Smith Riverwalk Plaza. Made possible by partners at Bexar County Digital Library Bibliotech and the Hidalgo Foundation through the generosity of H-E-B Texas Grocery. Get your FREE tickets here. 2 pm.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
The ASSORTED CITIES online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm CST here.

Sunday, April 24, 2022
The BEST-OF-THE-BEST 2022 online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm CST here.

Saturday, April 30, 2022
The NEW JERSEY online screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Tiny Mansion). The screening will premiere at 3 pm EST here.

Sometime in May or June, 2022
The BOULDER, CO screening for the eleventh annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Made possible by the Boulder Office of Arts & Culture. More details to come.

Want to bring the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to your town? Next year the pandemic will probably be over (fingers crossed), and I’d like to start doing in-person screenings again. I’d love to come to you! Drop me a line at james@90secondnewbery.com.

The 90-Second Newbery relies entirely on private donations and grants to keep going! It’s only through your generosity that we can continue bringing our free public screenings and book-to-movie workshops to libraries and schools nationwide. You can make your (tax-deductible!) donation here. Donations are handled through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.