Bell
Shakespeare
Shorts
Festival

Ready to retell Shakespeare on film? The Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival is back for 2022.

This year, schools and households may register to take part free of charge – simply sign up and start storytelling. The festival is open to students from primary and secondary schools across Australia, as well as household entrants who may want to work on a film individually.

Why not retell A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Australian outback, or reimagine the Hamlet quote "To thine own self be true," or even explore what would have happened to Juliet if she never met Romeo? The possibilities to reimagine Shakespeare are endless.

Participating schools and students will have access to a suite of video resources on filmmaking and performing Shakespeare, written worksheet resources, and teacher professional development workshops.

Students have the chance to win great prizes (see below) for themselves and their school and share their films with a national audience!

Films must be about, or inspired by, Shakespeare and follow these guidelines:

  • Films must be no more than 5 minutes in duration (secondary schools) and no more than 3 minutes (primary schools);
  • Films can be shot on a smartphone, tablet or camera;
  • Films must use Shakespeare’s original text, or be inspired by Shakespeare’s use of language, plays or characters in some way; and
  • Films must reflect your school and/or your unique community in some way.

Read about what participating in the festival meant to Chris Tan, whose short film All The School’s A Stage won both the Top Secondary Prize and the Community Spirit Prize in the 2020 Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival.

DATES

  • Submissions open: Tuesday 3 May 2022
  • Submissions close: Friday 23 September 2022
  • Winners announced & Online Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 19 October 2022

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Prizes

Community Spirit Prize

  • RODE Universal Vlogger Kit (valued at RRP $199)
  • $100 Officeworks voucher (thanks to Wesfarmers Arts/Officeworks)
  • A Bell Shakespeare Players in-school performance or workshop (valued at $1,000)

Creative Vision Prize

  • RODE Universal Vlogger Kit (valued at RRP $199)
  • A Bell Shakespeare workshop or masterclass, in person or live streamed (valued at $1,000)

Excellence in Storytelling

Excellence in Direction

Excellence in Performance

  • RODE Universal Vlogger Kit (valued at RRP $199)
  • A Bell Shakespeare Acting masterclass, in person or live streamed (valued at $1,000)

Top Primary Film

  • Copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare signed by Bell Shakespeare artists (valued at $100)
  • $50 Officeworks voucher (thanks to Wesfarmers Arts/Officeworks)

Top Secondary Film

  • Copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare signed by Bell Shakespeare artists (valued at $100)
  • $50 Officeworks voucher (thanks to Wesfarmers Arts/Officeworks)

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