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Shakespeare Shorts: Past Winners

See who has fought off the competition to win acclaim in our short film festival

Take inspiration from some of our amazing past winners, and start preparing your entry for Shakespeare Shorts 2020!

2018 Winners

Best film inspired by Shakespeare (up to 15 mins)
Macbeth: A Fury directed by Phil Shea and Justin Daering.

Kenneth Branagh said: 'Takes the audience by the scruff of the neck, and refuses to let go. This was visceral, raw, and impactful.'

Best Shakespeare themed Animation (up to 3 mins)
Romeo & Juliet in 3 minutes directed by Cassidy Cash.

Kenneth Branagh said: 'Delivers precisely on its title, and in so doing has dash, and wit, and (as you might expect), economy.'

Best interpretation of a passage from Shakespeare (up to 10 mins)
Othello directed by Martin Denham.

Kenneth Branagh said: 'Visually impressive, and even lush, it has great maturity cinematically, and becomes a full blooded account of the green eyed monster that is jealousy.'

Overall Winner 2018: Macbeth: A Fury

Kenneth Branagh said: 'All three are excellent pieces of work and I am so impressed by them and so happy to have seen them. If there must be a winner, then first among equals would be Phil Shea, for an in-your-face Macbeth that makes you think and makes you feel - scared!'

2017 Winners

Best local film maker 
Ophelia by Savanna Spika

Savanna’s film is a hard hitting look at the struggles a modern day Ophelia might face.

Best film inspired by Shakespeare 
Ophelia by Caterina Picone

Caterina’s film explores what happens when method acting takes over the actor.

Best interpretation of a passage from Shakespeare 
Richard III by Mona Zaidi 

Mona’s entry is a surreal adaptation of Richard III mixing film and animation

Best Shakespeare themed animation 
Shakespearean 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 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.

Overall winner 2017: Ophelia by Savanna Spika

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. 

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