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
  • About Us

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Misfit, Inc. present Filming Shakespeare; the first online Shakespeare short film competition in the world.

Submissions are now closed. The judges have been deliberating hard and have narrowed it down to a shortlist which will be announced shortly. Thank you to all who submitted, the quality was exceptionally high and the choice has been incredibly hard.

The winner will have their film screened at the Picturehouse cinema in Stratford upon Avon during the Shakespeare Film Festival and will receive a cash prize of £2,400.

Entry to Filming Shakespeare is absolutely free.

Winner Takes All

The winner will have their film screened in Stratford upon Avon at the Shakespeare Film Festival and will receive prize money of £2,400.

  • Photo of The Winner

World-Famous Judges

  • 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.

  • Jason Wingrove

    Jason Wingrove is an internationally awarded and recognized director
    of drama, talent, comedy and performance. He’s shot in Japan, London,
    Nepal, Fiji, Sumatra, New York, LA and New Zealand, winning many
    awards for doing just that.

    His work has garnered him international acclaim and respect as well as,
    Clio, Axis, MADC, ATV, A.W.A.R.D. and Cannes awards.

  • 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 open on December 1, 2012 and will close on July 1, 2013.
    • 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.


October, 2013






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 Finalists

  • Agnieszka Slisz

    Julia is a violinist from Lithuania living alone in Warsaw. The girl goes jogging everyday to release her suppressed emotions. Once, on her way back home, she is attacked by a gang of local hooligans. When Julia loses consciousness, one of the boys defends her. The action moves to the girl's apartment, where the self-proclaimed Romeo waits untill she wakes up..

  • Tom Bate

    Silent movie interpretation of Jaques' "seven ages of man" from AS YOU LIKE IT.

  • Robert Dukes

    At the end of Act One Scene Three, Iago weighs his options and sets about creating a plan to put him above everyone else.

  • Michael Merriam

    Queen Eleanor and King John ponder an unwelcome conflict with France over the crown. Suddenly, as if in answer to their plight, a mysterious stranger arrives, one who may be the bastard son of Richard the Lionhearted.

  • Daniel Holzberg

    The film tells the story of Iago, a banker who is infuriated by the fact that Othello, his superior, has passed him over to promote the handsome young Cassio to be his vice-president. Also, he suspects that the moor has slept with his wife Emilia. Iago vows revenge and attempts to manipulate his boss while posing as his friend. But the more his hatred for Othello grows, the more personal the consequences of his revenge become, and a conflict ensues from which no one shall emerge unscathed...

  • Robert Williams

    Two wives and two soldiers divided by war discuss the horror of the conflict.
    This heightened short form drama utilises poetic language to open dialogue with its audience concerning the transience of life and the consequences of a fictional war on British soil.

  • Damien Power

    10 actors, one day, one city, and the greatest monologue of all.

  • Joe Spray

    A young married couple have been awaiting the arrival of their first child…for two years. Paranoid, Bertram wants to disappear forever, and seeks the services of an agency to help fake his own death. His wife Helena has a gift for patience, but her delusions are soon challenged by her GP. A darkly comic, desperate pursuit of eternal bliss based on Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well.

    This film will be publicly available from April 2014.

  • Jordan McGibney

    Set in post-apocalyptic England, the story revolves around the memoirs found on Richard III’s dead body at the battlefield of Bosworth. It delves into his imagination, showing his fantasies, aspirations, insecurities, hopes, dreams and ill founded love for Lady Anne within a country entrenched in war and crisis.

    ‘Memoir Of A King’s Love’ is an exciting and original piece of work showing a prologue to Richard III’s childhood alongside the rise and fall of Richard III through animation and live action in a apocalyptic setting.

Submissions are now Closed