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The Utah 2020 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Online Screening!

Hello, Utah! Back in the spring, we had planned to do screenings of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Orem Public Library, and Ogden Treehouse Museum. Obviously, we had to rethink that!

Instead, Utah Humanities has arranged this ALL-UTAH ONLINE screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival!

In the hourlong video above, join film festival founder James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish) and Keir Graff (author of The Tiny Mansion and many other great books) as we watch the best kid-made 90-Second Newbery videos . . . all of them from Utah! We even open up the show with a brief skit that investigates the mysterious fates of previous participants in the 90-Second Newbery over the past ten years. And there’s singing!

We’re really excited to share these amazing creative kid-made movies of Newbery-winning books. Want to learn more about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival? Check out our official website at The deadline for submitting movies for next year is January 15, 2021.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Hey! Want more of co-host Keir Graff? Of course you do! He will be doing an free online event for the King’s English Bookshop, promoting his great new kids’ book The Tiny Mansion, on Thursday, October 8 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. More details here!

James Kennedy is the author of the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish (Random House Delacorte), which Booklist praised as “hilarious” and Time Out Chicago described as “a work of mischievous imagination and outrageous invention.” He is also the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, in which kid filmmakers are challenged to create movies that tell the story of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less, screening annually in 14 cities across the country. James lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. You can visit him at and learn more about the 90-Second Newbery at
Keir Graff is the author of funny and fantastical middle-grade adventure novels including The Tiny Mansion, The Phantom Tower (named a Best Children’s Book by the Chicago Tribune), and The Matchstick Castle (an official Illinois Reads selection). He also writes books for grown-ups—some of them under fake names! A longtime resident of Chicago, he lives near the shore of Lake Michigan with his wife Marya, sons Felix and Cosmo, and cats Toothless and Totoro. Follow him on Twitter at @KeirGraff and find out more at