THE SHAKESPEARE Film Festival returns to Stratford later this month.
A series of outdoor screenings, film and animation workshops celebrating Shakespeare’s influence in film will take place from September 21 to 23 in the garden at Shakespeare’s New Place.
Organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), the festival first launched in 2013 as a short film competition attracting entries from across the globe.
As well as the viewings, budding film makers can also join a number of film making and animation workshops including input from animator Tim Allen who has worked on box office hits including The Corpse Bride and Fantastic Mr Fox.
With the theme of ‘crossing borders’, this year’s programme launches with a screening of Omkara – a Bollywood adaptation of Othello (with English subtitles) – followed by Disney’s The Lion King which is influenced by Hamlet.
And a special outdoor screening of the works of the finalists of this year’s competition will be shown and judged by patron, Sir Kenneth Branagh.
SBT’s Elizabeth Dollimore said: “Shakespeare’s work has not only changed the stage forever but has massively influenced film as well.
“The festival aims to use the power of film to reach new audiences in the appreciation for Shakespeare, as well as a platform for film makers to present their vision in a fresh and creative way.
“We’re delighted that the festival has grown from strength to strength and excited to be able to present these films in the historic grounds of Shakespeare’s New Place for the very first time.”
Film-goers are invited to bring along a picnic and suitable seating.
Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk/filmfestival for tickets and further details.