Short film competition invites entries inspired by women in Shakespeare - The Leamington Observer

Short film competition invites entries inspired by women in Shakespeare

Leamington Editorial 8th Dec, 2023   0

BUDDING filmmakers are invited to enter a short film competition inspired by women in Shakespeare.

Run by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition is inspired by SBT’s new multi-year theme – The Women Who Made Shakespeare.

And 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.

Launched by the SBT with Sir Kenneth Branagh as its patron, Shakespeare Shorts is an annual short film competition, celebrating the continued impact of William Shakespeare’s work and championing emerging cinematic talents.

This year’s theme explores the sometimes hidden, often less-explored, and unfortunately, erased and forgotten stories of the women who both influenced Shakespeare during his lifetime and the female-identifying people who have contributed to his legacy.

SBT spokesperson Jennifer Shufflebotham said: ‘’Since 2013, we have ignited the imagination of aspiring filmmakers worldwide, while inviting new audiences to engage with Shakespeare in a creative way. We’re delighted to bring Shakespeare Shorts back and welcome entries from people of any age, any nationality and at any stage in their cinematic career.

‘’With the launch of ‘The Women Who Made Shakespeare’, 2024 is already an exciting year for the Trust. From animations to a documentary style short, we can’t wait to see how filmmakers creatively engage with this theme, and we’re especially excited to be shining a spotlight on female voices.’’

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

New for this year is the ‘Shakespeare Shorter Shorts’ category, where judges are inviting filmmakers to submit short form content up to three minutes long for Tik Tok and Instagram Reels.

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