Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition

First Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition attracts budding film-makers from around the world

11 September 2013

The first Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition launched by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has attracted 44 budding film-makers from around the world and has been hailed a success in helping to champion new and emerging talent. The competition, which was launched last year as part of the charity’s first Shakespeare on Film Festival, invited film-makers of all ages to produce a Shakespeare- related film using anyform of technology from a smart phone to camera equipment. Films were either a performance of Shakespeare or an interpretation of the work of England’s most famous playwright. The competition was in partnership with entrepreneurial online group Misfit Inc which donated their time and expertise. The winning film is set to be announced at a special awards evening on 25 October, where the winner will see their short film played and win £2,400.

Judges include director Rupert Goold who has just finished filming True Story with American star James Franco, actress Kate Fleetwood who featured in this year’s Oscar hit Les Miserables, Sydney based award-winning film-maker Jason Wingrove, AJ and Melissa Leon of Misfit Inc and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Marion Morgan who organised the Shakespeare on Film Festival and competition.

Marion Morgan, Event Officer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We have had a fantastic response to the first Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition where not only some amazing local talent has applied, but also a whole host of film-makers from across the world including Yugoslavia, Australia and America.

“With this competition we have managed to capture the imaginations of budding film-makers on a global scale and it shows how we can bring the works of Shakespeare to a whole new audience using film. This competition can reach people of any age, any nationality at any stage in their film-making career, so we are delighted to announce that we will be running the competition again this year, watch out for details.”

The competition is part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare on Film Festivalwhich takes place from 5-27 October and has as its patron top film director and actor Sir Kenneth Branagh. In partnership with Stratford-upon-Avon’s Picturehouse cinemathe second festival will host a feast of Shakespeare related films including the RSC and Imagineer production of Hamlet starring David Tennant, Baz Luhrmann’s iconic Romeo and Julietstarring Leonardo DiCaprio, children’s favourite Gnomeo and Juliet,Leonard Bernstein’s 1960s classic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet West Side Story, as well as a contemporary take on Taming of the Shrew10 Things I Hate About You.

Marion added: “With last year’s Shakespeare on Film Festival being such a success we have worked closely with our festival partners at the Picturehouse cinema to develop a broader range of films for audiences of all ages. This year’s festival will include screenings for schools alongside a line-up of exciting films with pre-screening discussions featuring experts from the world of film, acting and academia. Keep an eye on our website for more exciting news on this year’s Shakespeare on Film Festival.”

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Notes to editors:

Press release date: 11 September 2013.

For more information please contact Press and Public Affairs Officer Nurinder Mantell on 01789 207136.

Stratford Picturehouse cinema is in Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6NL. Tickets can be booked online through the Stratford Picturehouse website or by calling the box office on 08719 025 741.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trustis the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. The charity runs formal and informal educational programmes for people of all ages. It holds the world’s largest Shakespeare-related museum and archives open free to the public, a collection which is designated as being of international importance. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust receives no public subsidy or direct government funding; it depends on income generated through the support of visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.