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Shakespeare Film Festival

Our annual celebration of Shakespeare on film

The Shakespeare Film Festival is taking a break in 2019. Follow us on social media for updates on future events.


The overall winner of our 2018 Shakespeare Shorts competition was Phil Shea with Macbeth. See all of our winners from across this year's categories.

"In the end, for it’s wide range of creative ambitions in performance, cinematography, language and theme, and for the high quality of execution in all these areas, I congratulate the makers of Richard 111- Journey into perpetual night."

— Sir Kenneth Branagh, Patron

There have been many direct adaptations when it comes to Shakespeare on film, such as Baz Lurman’s Romeo+Juliet (1996) which uses Shakespeare’s original language in a strikingly modern setting, but there have also been some more unexpected adaptations, such as The Lion King (1994), which is based on Hamlet and popular American teen classic She’s The Man (2006), based on Twelfth Night.  

We're looking forward to seeing your adaptations and interpretations of Shakespeare in this year's competition. Follow the links above to find out more about the competition and our festival partners.

This is where the story began Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor Farm Relive Shakespeare’s love story Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps The home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna