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


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Filming Shakespeare has moved!

Our exciting competition for fans of film and Shakespeare has had a bit of a makeover. The Shakespeare Shorts film competition returns for 2017 with the theme of 'Crossing Borders'.

Submit your entry before 31 August 2017 via


This year's competition prizes include:

  • 2 days in the Herbert Media recording studio with their in house engineer
  • 3 days of hire on lighting and grip equipment from Herbert Media
  • Opportunity to participate in the Random Acts Commissioning Project with Rural media and Channel 4
  • Behind the scenes tour from Yamination.

Find out more about our partners.

  • Photo of The Winner

2015 Judges Included

  • 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.

Guidelines 2017

  1. General Submissions

    • Submissions will ONLY be accepted via film freeway entrants must upload their short films on to Film Freeway.
    • The submission must be a finished product.
    • The submission must not contain any pornographic or obscene content
    • All submissions must be short films anything over the maximum time will not even be watched.
    • We have no policy restricting when the film was made. As long as you created it, your film will be accepted.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  2. Originality

    • 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
    • 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.
    • The submission must not infringe on any third party’s intellectual property or privacy rights
    • 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
    • You must be happy that we screen your film at a public screening
    • Films must not have exclusivity rights elsewhere.
  3. Festival Screenings

    • If you are selected as the winner, you must be able to provide us with a high resolution version of your film.
    • 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.
  4. Ownership and rights

    • Grant of Licence: As between you 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 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 Film Festival and the promotion of stated festival; (2) the promotion of future iterations of the Shakespeare Film Festival.
    • Where permitted by law, each Winner agrees to grant 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.


Sep 2017





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.

Submissions are now Closed