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Shakespeare Shorts 2020

Our global short film competition

Shakespeare Shorts is back for 2020! 

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.  Submissions for our 2020 competition are open now via Film Freeway

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 in this year's competition. You can also find out more about our entry guidelines and get some inspiration from our previous winners.


  • Best interpretation of a passage from Shakespeare (up to 10 mins)
  • Best film inspired by Shakespeare (up to 10 mins)
  • Best Shakespeare themed Animation (up to 5 mins)

Kenneth Branagh


Each category longlist will be shortlisted into a Top 3, selected by our panel of film industry and Shakespeare experts. The winner of each category will then be sent to our patron, Sir Kenneth Branagh, who will provide feedback to all three finalists as well as choosing an overall winner.

Due to the changing circumstances of 2020, this year's event will be hosted entirely online. We anticipate this will take place in the month of November, and will inform successful entrants no later than the end of October. Thank you to all who have submitted films this year.


Submissions to the above categories will ONLY be accepted via Film Freeway by 23:59 BST on 1 September 2020.

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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