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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 annually from film-makers of all ages and abilities, anywhere in the world.  

The theme of the 2018 competition is '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.


Winners from each category were 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. 

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Entries for 2018 were open from April-August.

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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