GO Arts: Newbery Film Festival entries now open, classes at the Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma News TribuneDecember 31, 2013 

Like books? Like movies? Then combine your passions in the 90-second Newbery Film Festival, a competition open to all (especially kids) who can condense any Newbery Award-winning kids’ book into a minute and a half on film. Entries are now open, and for the second year the Tacoma Public Library will assist filmmakers with free classes, and hold a screening of the finalists in March.

Held in New York, Chicago and Portland, the festival packed 200 people into the Tacoma library last year. The rules are simple: pick a Newbery medal or honor-winning book, and tell the entire plot in 90 seconds or less on film. You can be funny or serious. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link by February 8 to kennedyjames@gmail.com and sholloway@tacomapubliclibrary.org.

The best 20 films will be screened at the grand opening on March 1 at the Tacoma Public Library main branch, and on the library’s StoryLab website.

The library is also offering free information sessions:  6-7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Kobetich branch, 212 Browns Point Blvd NE, Tacoma; 6-7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Wheelock branch, 3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma; 6-7 p.m. Jan. 14 and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Moore branch, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma.

There are two free all-day film-making classes for ages 9-14 at the main branch’s StoryLab, using digital equipment and software: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 11 and 21. Or drop in to the Lab during open hours and use the equipment: 2-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma.

More information: tacomapubliclibrary.org

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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