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Shakespeare Shorts Competition

Shakespeare Shorts: Making Peace

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 '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)

2017 Winners 

Selected from over 200 entries, our 2017 winners were:  

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 from 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. One of a series of short witty commentaries on women 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's entry explores the use and misuse of power and 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.


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. 

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Entries for 2018 will open in April

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 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. 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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