Filming Shakespeare
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A Few Words

“I am pleased to be patron of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Shakespeare Film Festival. The works of the world's greatest playwright have featured on the screen in many and varied ways. This new annual celebration of Shakespeare Film is not only a wonderful opportunity to look back at landmark  productions, but also to nurture new film making talent and explore fresh ways of translating his work to the screen. I wish it every success.”

- Kenneth Branagh
Patron of Filming Shakespeare


  • About Us
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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Misfit, Inc. present Filming Shakespeare, now in its third year.

Submissions for Filming Shakespeare 2015 are now open, so submit your film below by 31 July 2015.

This is a global celebration of Shakespeare on film and submissions are welcomed in any language, from film-makers of all ages and abilities.

The Official Selection and Finalists will be announced on 1 September 2015 and screened in Stratford-upon-Avon on 31 October & 1 November.

Look out for more details coming soon. In the meantime we look forward to receiving your submission. Good luck!

The 2014 Results

The final results of Filming Shakespeare 2014:

Shrew'd - Robert Dukes

Runner up
Verona - Yorgo Lykouria

Highly Commended:
Shakespeare in Short : Much Ado - Edward Dede
Shakespeare in Short: Hamlet - Natalie-Anne Downs
Some Questions, Like Ghosts Haunt - Michael Lane
Dante's Hamlet - Babetta Kelly
The Dawn - Tom van den Broek

Congratulations to all these film makers and all of the films that were selected as the Official Selection!


  • Photo of The Winner

Judges Will Include

  • Kate Fleetwood

    Kate Fleetwood is an English actress. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Chichester Festival Theatre's Macbeth which transferred to the West End and Broadway.

  • Rupert Goold

    Rupert Goold is Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre and an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Productions for Headlong include Decade, Earthquakes in London, ENRON (2009 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director), King Lear, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Rough Crossings, Faustus, Restoration and Paradise Lost.


  1. The Interesting Stuff

    • The film must be your own original work, meaning that you must have been one of the principal creators and have the right to submit it to this competition and authorise it to be screened to the general public
    • There are no categories and very few limits on what you can submit, our only request is that it relates to Shakespeare in a relevant way
    • All submissions must be short films (maximum running time - 20 minutes)
    • The submission must not contain any pornographic or obscene content
    • Applicants should submit by uploading a private url link to their short films on Vimeo.
    • There is no limit on the age of the film - ‘We have no policy restricting when the film was made. As long as you created it, your film will be accepted.
    • The submission must be a finished product.
    • Submissions will close on 31 July, 2015.
    • Animated films will be accepted
  2. The Boring But Necessary Stuff

    • If you are selected as the winner, you must be able to provide us with a high resolution version of your film.
    • The film can have originated in any country in the world, but if it is not in English we would request that it has subtitles, pretty please
    • Any use of third-party music must be cleared with the original owners/license holders
    • Films must not have exclusivity rights elsewhere.
    • The submission must not infringe on any third party’s intellectual property or privacy rights
    • The Submission must not contain any third party work, INCLUDING ANY MUSICAL RECORDING OR COMPOSITION, unless (1) you have a license to use such work in the Submission from the owners/licensors; (2) such work is in the public domain.
    • Where required by law, you must have obtained appropriate releases for every person who appears recognisably in your Submission
    • Your submission must not breach any contractual obligation
    • We cannot be held responsible for any losses arising from any third-party action against you in relation to your submission
    • No animals must be used in your film without the owner’s consent
    • You must be able to provide licenses, releases and permissions upon request
  3. The Legal Stuff


    As between you and Misfit Inc and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, you will own all intellectual property related to your Submission and shall retain ownership of such intellectual property.

    By submitting your entry, you grant Misfit Inc and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust a non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, publicly perform, display, reproduce, transmit, sublicense, and distribute in all media formats that exist now or in the future the Submission in connection with (1) the Shakespeare Online Film Festival and the promotion of stated festival; (2) the promotion of future iterations of the Shakespeare Online Film Festival.

    Where permitted by law, each Winner agrees to grant Misfit Inc and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the right to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the world wide web, at any time or times, his or her name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as news or information and for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without additional consideration, and without notification, review, or approval.

    We reserve the right to disqualify any individual we find to be tampering with the submission process, or to be acting in a manner that we deem to be not within the spirit of this festival.

    We assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries.

    We reserve the right to cancel, modify or suspend the festival although we will try our best to provide notice to all entrants.


30 Oct - 1 Nov 2015






Stratford upon Avon is easy to reach from London, the Midlands and the North and is close to the M40, M42 and M6 motorway networks. The town is a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40 and is well sign posted on all major routes from Coventry, Birmingham, Oxford, Banbury, Worcester and Evesham.


Regular, direct rail services operate from London (Chiltern Railways) and Birmingham (London Midland Railways) to Stratford-upon-Avon and the train station is a comfortable ten minute walk from the town centre.


Stratford-upon-Avon is 27 miles from Birmingham Airport and 60 miles from East Midlands Airport.  It is also convenient for Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to the south.

The 2014 Finalists

  • Robert Dukes: Shrew'd

    Based on The Taming of The Shrew, we tried to do a short adaptation of Kate and Petruchio's whole story arc, in 6 minutes. We join them as Kate is studying for her final exams and the cock-sure Petruchio comes to disturb her.

  • Yorgo Lykouria: Verona

    Lord Capulet is a sinister Russian Oligarch at war with his archival, Lord Montague, over Constellation Media. Their children, Romeo and Juliet, in defiance of their families enmity, discover a love for which they would sacrifice everything. This film captures the original story in contemporary London, embedding Shakespeare's timeless truth in the present day.

  • Babetta Kelly: Dante's Hamlet

    Spurred on by his English teacher's classroom discussions about Hamlet's inability to take revenge, Dante goes to confront the man who killed his brother.

  • Edward Dede: 'Shakespeare in Short - Much Ado'

    After a disastrous fancy dress party Beatrice and Benedick finally admit their true feelings for each other whilst trying to get home. This famous Shakespeare scene is played out in a modern setting, where bickering couples are often seen doing the same after being out on a Friday night. Will they catch their bus?

  • Natalie-Anne Downs: 'Shakespeare in Short - Hamlet'

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern pay a visit to their old friend Hamlet at his student digs to find out what's really wrong with the Prince of Denmark.

  • Tom van den Broek: 'The Dawn'

    The Dawn is a seven minute short film written loosely in Shakespearean language (loosely iambic), with an epilogue soliloquy written and performed tightly iambic and de.

  • Michael Lane: Some Questions, Like Ghosts Haunt

    Dr Anders is lecturing his students on' Hamlet'. As he goes along, he can't avoid thoughts about his own life. He identifies the mysterious nature of Hamlet as the unfathomable nature of our own existence. He tells the group 'There has been a death' but his reference is private. He, like Hamlet, is haunted by ghosts; only, they are the questions he keeps asking himself. The listening students are perplexed. Is Dr. Anders referring to the collapse of his marriage; the play or has he actually done something more sinister? All that is clear is the tragic sense of plans going wrong. The rest is silence.

Submissions are now Closed