8th Dec, 2016

Shakespeare on film in Stratford

Stratford Editorial 28th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BUDDING filmmakers from all over the world will be in Stratford battling it out for the Shakespeare on Film Festival on Saturday (October 31).

The annual film festival celebrates new film inspired by Shakespeare and is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Launched in 2013 with Sir Kenneth Branagh as patron, the competition invites people of all ages to produce a Shakespeare-related film using any form of technology – from a smart phone to the latest professional camera equipment.

This year’s competition attracted 47 entries from seven countries including the United States, Australia, Italy, Poland, Spain, Ireland and the UK.

A screening of 12 selected works will be held at the Shakespeare Centre before the winner of the Shakespeare Short Film Competition Awards is announced.

Marion Morgan, Shakespeare Film Festival organiser, said: “Shakespeare isn’t just for scholars or aficionados – we want people of all ages and backgrounds to make their own personal connection with Shakespeare.

“This competition offers filmmakers from around the world a platform to express their understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare’s works, life and times, utilising the power of film to present their vision in a fresh and creative way for the enjoyment of wider audiences.

“Once again we’ve had an amazing response to the competition, a true testament to the global appeal of William Shakespeare.”

The screenings start at 6.30pm. To reserve free tickets email marion.morgan@shakespeare.org.uk or visit www.filmingshakespeare.com for further information on the competition.