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Shakespeare Shorts Competition

Shakespeare Shorts: Reconciliation

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

The theme of the 2018 competition is 'Reconciliation'. 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 in 2018, so look out for updates.


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)

2017 Winners 

Our winning entries for 2017, selected from over 200 entries;

Best film inspired by ShakespeareOphelia by Caterina Picone, Caterina’s film explores what happens when method acting takes over the actor.

Best interpretation of a passage ShakespeareRichard III by Mona Zaidi, Mona’s entry is a surreal adaptation of Richard III mixing film and animation

Best Shakespeare themed animationShakespearean Women Part 4 by Fin McMorran this is one of a series of short witty commentaries on Woman in Shakespeare inspired by woodcuts of the time. 

*Best local film makerOphelia by Savanna Spika, Savanna’s film is a hard hitting look at the struggles a modern day Ophelia might face.

Best young UK film maker - Et Tu by Emma Parkinson – Emma entry which explores the use and misuse of power wins the chance to participate in Chanel 4’s Random Acts programme with our partner Rural Media

All these films, plus a selection of highly commended films, were screened at the Shakespeare Film Festival at Shakespeare's New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

*Overall winner, as chosen by our Patron Sir Kenneth Branagh.


2017 competition prizes included  - 2 days in the Herbert Media recording studio with their in house engineer; 3 days of hire on lighting and grip equipment from Herbert Media; Opportunity to participate in the Random Acts Commissioning Project with Rural media and Channel 4; behind the scenes tour from Yamination.

Find out more about our partners.


Entries for 2018 will open in the new year.

The competition is free to enter. By submitting a video you agree to abide by our full entry guidelines.

Did you know?

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

We're looking forward to seeing your adaptations and interpretations of Shakespeare. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. You don’t need to have your cast recite soliloquies and dress in period costume, quirky entries are definitely encouraged alongside more traditional adaptations.

For simple tips to get young filmmakers started, take a look at these resources by Into Film.

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