BUDDING filmmakers from across the world will be focused on the Shakespeare on Film festival next week.
Organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), the annual film festival running from November 5 to 8 celebrates up and coming filmmakers with workshops, seminars and exclusive screenings from the Filming Shakespeare short film competition, which launched last year.
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, in partnership with entrepreneurial online group Misfit Inc, attracted 46 entries from six countries including the US, Italy, Poland, Romania, Iran and the UK.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday (November 5) with a special screening at the Stratford Picturehouse of the top 15 films, followed by a gala evening on November 6, where the works of seven finalists will be shown and the winner of the coveted Shakespeare Short Film Competition Awards announced.
Last year’s inaugural competition was won by young Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Slisz with her entry Julia, which was based on Romeo and Juliet, and told the story of a young lonely violinist from Lithuania who finds love, but tragically looses it.
SBT events officer Marion Morgan 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.”
New for this year is the 48-hour film challenge, where each contestant is invited to produce a short film during their time in Stratford and submit their piece 48 hours after arriving home.
Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for more information on the festival, including details of the screenings and seminars.
Agnieszka Slisz, winner of the first Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition winner with her boyfriend Filip Maskovic at teh Birthplace. (s)