Best of the Best 90-Second Newbery Film Fest (Bay Area Book Festival)

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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest, culminating in live events, in which young filmmakers make movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books . . . in about 90 seconds. For more than ten years, the 90-Second Newbery has showcased the best entries at annual screenings in cities across the country such as New York, Chicago, Boston—and right here in Berkeley! The screenings are hosted by festival founder James Kennedy (author of The Order of Odd-Fish), with a special appearance by award-winning author Kekla Magoon! In this workshop, James will screen some of the very best videos submitted in the contest’s history, and he’ll provide practical advice for young filmmakers and the teachers, librarians, and families who might want to create their own award-winning short films for next year’s contest. Ages 7–12

This event is part of the Bay Area Book Festival which is returning live and in-person May 7 & 8 in Downtown Berkeley. Find more on the Bay Area Book Festival and COVID Precautions here:

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