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The New York State 2021 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Online Screening!

Hello, New York fans of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Usually, we do our screenings live at libraries and theaters around the country, including at the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and various venues in Rochester, NY. We obviously can’t do any live screenings this year . . .

So instead, we are doing online screenings! In video above, join film festival founder James Kennedy (author of the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish and the upcoming adult speculative thriller Dare To Know—go ahead, pre-order it!) and Keir Graff (author of The Tiny Mansion and many other great kids’ books) as we watch the best kid-made 90-Second Newbery videos . . . all of them from NEW YORK!

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! (Special thanks to guest star Freya Trefonides.)

Want to learn more about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival? Check out our official website at www.90secondnewbery.com. The deadline for submitting movies for next year is January 14, 2022.

Thank you to all the young filmmakers for their fantastic movies, and the families, teachers, and librarians who assisted them! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the video above.

Here’s the program order:

1. The Hundred Dresses (Eleanor Estes, 1945 Honor Book) by Molly of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY

2. The Girl Who Drank The Moon (Kelly Barnhill, 2017 Medal Winner) by RCTV/Writers & Books Camp from Rochester, NY

3. Millions of Cats (Wanda Gag, 1929 Honor Book) by Eian-Gabriel Sinclair from Rochester, NY

4. The Dark Frigate (Charles Hawes, 1924 Medal Winner) by Jillian Parrino from Albertson, NY

5. The Giving Tree by Daniel and Micaela from Queens, NY

6. The Giving Tree by Ella, Eli, and Noah from New York, NY

7. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson, 1978 Medal Winner) by Laila, Norah, Peter, and Danie from New York, NY

8. Bridge to Terabithia by Siena, Will, and James of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY

9. Millions of Cats by Serafina, Lily, and Eloise of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY

10. Shiloh (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 1992 Medal Winner) by Hayden, Conall, Alex, and Matthew of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY

11. Shiloh (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 1992 Medal Winner) by Nate, Weston, and Ben of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY

12. The Higher Power of Lucky by Grace of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY

13. Number the Stars by Leila, Leah, and Sophia of West Side and Lloyd Harbor Schools from Lloyd Harbor, NY

14. The View From Saturday (E.L. Konigsburg, 1997 Medal Winner) by Glynnton Buckley from New York, NY

15. The Hundred Dresses (Eleanor Estes, 1945 Honor Book) by Tyler, Devyn, and Kaitlin of Lloyd Harbor School from Lloyd Harbor, NY


Thanks so much for your movies! See you next year—hopefully at our live screenings again!

James Kennedy is the author of the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish and the upcoming adult speculative thriller Dare To Know. He is the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. You can find him on the web at http://www.jameskennedy.com and on Twitter at @iamjameskennedy.
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 www.keirgraff.com.

Do you want to support the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, so we can keep this crazy show going every year, coast to coast? Please make a tax-deductible donation to the 90-Second Newbery here so we can keep bringing this program to everyone across the country for yet another ten years! The 90-Second Newbery is under the nonprofit fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas.