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Shakespeare Shorts

Our global short film competition

Shakespeare Shorts 2024 - Submissions Now Open

Shakespeare Shorts is an annual short film competition brought to you by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Inspired by the Trust’s new multi-year theme, The Women Who Made Shakespeare, this year, the judges are especially interested in seeing entries from women and female-identifying people, of all ages and abilities, anywhere in the world. However, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to enter.

Entries can be created using any form of technology from a smartphone to camera equipment.

Entries are invited in the following categories:

  1. Best film inspired by the theme ‘The Women Who Made Shakespeare’
    (up to 10 mins)
  2. Best ‘Shakespeare Shorter Shorts’
    (up to 3 mins)
  3. Best Shakespeare-themed animation
    (up to 5 mins)
  4. Best Shakespeare film or animation by a young filmmaker aged 7-11
    (up to 10 mins)
  5. Best Shakespeare film or animation by a young filmmaker aged 12-17
    (up to 10 mins)

Submissions for 2024 are Now Open

Shakespeare Shorts film competition

Our Patron, Sir Kenneth Branagh

We are honoured to have Sir Kenneth Branagh as patron and chief judge of Shakespeare Shorts, each year he selects an overall champion from the category winners. Follow the links below to find out who was crowned cream of the crop. Drumroll please....

Kenneth Branagh

Previous Winners

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