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Shakespeare Shorts Competition

Shakespeare Shorts: Making Peace

Shakespeare Shorts is a short film competition brought to you by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Submissions are welcomed from film-makers of all ages and abilities, anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to it already! 

The theme of the 2018 competition is 'Making Peace'. Film-makers may address this theme in any way they like and are invited to explore the full breath of meanings to be found within it. Entries will be taken from early April 2018 via film freeway


Winners from each category will be chosen by our patron Sir Kenneth Branagh, who will also provide personal feedback to our finalists.

  • Best interpretation of a passage from Shakespeare (up to 10 mins)
  • Best film inspired by Shakespeare (up to 15 mins)
  • Best Shakespeare themed Animation (up to 3 mins)

Find out more about our previous competition winners.


The winners of each category receive feedback from our patron Kenneth Branagh. A selection of winners and highly commended entries will have the honour of being screened here during our 2018 film festival. 

Find out more about our partners.


Entries for 2018 will open in April, when they should be submitted via film freeway.

The competition is free to enter and we encourage new and experienced filmmakers from around the world to take part. For simple tips to get young filmmakers started, take a look at these resources by Into Film.

By submitting a video you agree to abide by our full entry guidelines.

Submit your film via Film Freeway

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