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; back for our second year after the roaring success of last year which saw Agnieszka Slisz' stunning film Julia take first place.

Filming Shakespeare is the world's first Shakespeare Film Festival. We are calling for short films that relate to William Shakespeare and his works, life and times. The ten finalists will have their films screened at the Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford upon Avon in November.

Submissions have opened again for this year's festival which will take place on the first week of November, 2014. We were blown away by the standard of last year's submissions and look forward to seeing the wealth of creativity that will undoubtedly be on display in this year's.

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 £1,000.

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.

  • 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 April 23, 2014 and will close on August 1, 2014.
    • 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.


November 5-6, 2014






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