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 for themselves and their school and share their films with a national audience!

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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.


  • Submissions open: Tuesday 26 April 2022
  • Submissions close: Friday 23 September 2022
  • Winners announced & Online Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 19 October 2022

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