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Shakespeare Shorts Competition

Our global short film competition

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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.  

The theme of the 2018 competition was 'Making Peace'. Film-makers were invited to address this theme in any way they liked and were invited to explore the full breath of meanings to be found within it. Entries were taken via film freeway until the closing date of 1 August 2018.


Winners from each category were chosen by our patron Sir Kenneth Branagh, who also provided 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 received feedback from our patron Kenneth Branagh. A selection of winners and highly commended entries also had the honour of being screened here in Stratford-upon-Avon during our 2018 film festival. 

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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.

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