Shakespeare Shorts Competition
Shakespeare Shorts: Crossing Borders
Shakespeare Shorts is a global celebration of Shakespeare on film, returning for our fourth year of competition. Submissions are welcomed from film-makers of all ages and abilities. We’re looking forward to it already!
The theme of this year's competition is 'Crossing Borders'. 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.
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)
Three extra prizes that will be awarded across all categories as follows:
- Best local filmmaker (entrant to be living in the West Midlands region)
- Best young film maker UK (entrants must be aged between 16-24 on 23 September 2017)
- Best new filmmaker over 60 (entrants must not have entered any other film competition)
Prizes include - 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.
Shakespeare Shorts 2017 is now open for entries! Videos can be submitted via Film Freeway.
Entries close on August 1st 2017. 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.