Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition Winner Announced

And the winner is...

28 October 2013

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our first ever Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition is Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Slisz, with her 20 minute film Julia.   The film competition was launched in 2012 by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of our annual Shakespeare on Film Festival, and attracted over 40 entries from all over the world. Whether they used a smart phone or a full production studio, filmmakers of all ages were simply invited to create a short film based on or inspired by Shakespeare.

The resulting entries were judged by an expert panel including director Rupert Goold, actress Kate Fleetwood, filmmaker Jason Wingrove and organisers AJ and Melissa Leon of Misfit Inc. and Marion Morgan from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

After much deliberation, the creators of the top 3 shortlisted entries were invited to attend a special awards screening here in Stratford-upon-Avon last Friday, where theatre student Agnieszka Slisz was revealed as our winner and presented with her £2,400 prize. 

Slisz said “Winning the Shakespeare Shorts Film Competition is a dream come true. The film is part of a trilogy. Now, because of winning the competition, we can start work on the third and final film, Miranda based on the Tempest.”

Julia is based on Romeo and Juliet, and tells the tragic story of a lonely Lithuanian violinist who finds love on the dark and violent streets of Warsaw. 

The judges also commended the two other shortlisted entries; The Crackling Glade, directed and produced by Robert Williams and The Eternal Not by Joe Spray. Each of the films is available to watch online and can be found on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s facebook page.

Marion Morgan, Shakespeare on Film Festival organiser, said “It has been truly wonderful to see so many different treatments and responses to the work of Shakespeare. The feedback we have had from all the entrants is really positive – and some have already started work on their entries for next year’s competition.”

Details of next year’s Shakespeare on Film Festival – including competition dates – will be announced on our website soon.