Thursday 20 October 2016 - 00:00 to Wednesday 30 November 2016 - 00:00

About Shakespeare Shorts competition 

The Shakespeare Shorts competition is a chance for you to showcase your cinematic talent to the world and take part in a global tribute to Shakespeare!

2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, and we're asking the globe to celebrate his enduring legacy by bringing him back to life through film. Using all things Shakespeare as a starting point – this could be anything from a whole play or sonnet, to your favourite character or theme – we want you to create a short film, and then ask the world to vote for it.

Your video can be anything less than 5 minutes, and so long as it’s inspired by Shakespeare in some way, and doesn’t contain adult content, pretty much anything goes.

Not sure how to go about making a film but inspired to have a go? British Council Film have prepared a handy roundup of some of the best free software, apps and more, which you might like to use to help make your film here.

Each month, the top scoring entry will be awarded 'video of the month'. At the end of the year, all the monthly winners will be entered into a super prize draw to be crowned 'video of the year' and win a prize worthy of Shakespeare himself.

If the language of your film is not English, please add English subtitles.


Shakespeare Lives is the British Council’s major cultural programme for 2016. It will be a global celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. 

Throughout 2016, the Shakespeare Lives programme will bring together all areas of the organisation to create a truly worldwide celebration of his works. Managed by the British Council, working with a broad range of partners, a year of events across the globe will aim to encourage people – who either have an existing knowledge and relationship with Shakespeare, or are discovering him for the first time - to actively participate, be creative and demonstrate a personal connection with Shakespeare and his works.

The Shakespeare Lives programme formally began on 5 January, 2016 (Twelfth Night) and will run until the end of December 2016.