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Shakespeare Film Festival

Our global short film competition is back for 2018

The Shakespeare Film Festival 2018 focuses on the theme of 'Reconciliation' 

On 22 September 2018 we'll be showing screenings of the winners of our Shakespeare Shorts film competition at The Shakespeare Centre.

We will show a variety of new films and animations inspired by Shakespeare and addressing the theme of making peace. Come along and see what Shakespeare’s works have inspired in today’s film makers.

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The winner of our 2017 Shakespeare Shorts competition was Mona Zaidi with her excellent film Richard III - Unto the Kingdon of Perpetual Night.

"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.

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