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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is coming to Salem in 2019!

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire story arc of a Newbery award-winning or honor book, in 90 seconds or less (ish).

The Salem Public Library Teen Scene and CCTV have combined resources in order to help students create 90-Second Newbery videos! We are offering video work days to all middle and high school students in December and January. These days are our chance to provide a place for students to work on videos and resources to help them along the way. You bring the idea and we’ll help make it a video!

Register for our free video work days below. You’ll need to have read the book and written the script before the work day(s), so you know what you want to film. We’ll provide all the cameras and equipment to help you film your scenes, but you’ll want to have most of the details figured out before you come. You can sign up for as many video work days as you need in order to complete your video by the January 11th submission deadline!

Select 90-Second Newbery videos will be screened in Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library, on Friday March 22nd at 6pm. For more information, visit www.90secondnewbery.com.


December Video Work Days (salem public library teen scene):

Friday December 21st, 2:30pm - 5:30pm, at the Salem Public Library (585 Liberty Street SE) REGISTER HERE

Saturday December 22nd, 1:00pm - 5:30pm, at the Salem Public Library (585 Liberty Street SE) REGISTER HERE

JANUARY Video Work Days (CCTV):

Friday January 4th, 1:00pm - 5:30pm, at CCTV (575 Trade Street SE) REGISTER HERE

Saturday January 5th, 1:00pm - 5:30pm, at CCTV (575 Trade Street SE) REGISTER HERE


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You bring the idea and we’ll help make it a video!


90 second Newbery version of The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. By Anya and Aniah

90 second Newbery video, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen Lego Stop Motion made by Cooper and Mac