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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival (founded in 2011) is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.

Ever since 1922, the Newbery Medal has been recognized as the most prestigious award in children’s literature. But any classic book, no matter how worthy and somber, turns into something fresh and bonkers when compressed into 90 seconds. Here are 25 standouts from the hundreds of kid-made videos we've received over the years:

The best of each year's movies are shown at FREE yearly screenings across the country, in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, San Antonio, Minneapolis, and many other cities--co-hosted by author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and other children's authors. These free shows combine screenings of the kids' movies with live comedy bits, and have been a smash hit from the start, with crowds of hundreds, including the young filmmakers themselves.

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