ShakeMeUp Guy Roberts
It is Prague Shakespeare Company’s privilege and pleasure to invite you, your colleagues and most importantly, your valued students to participate in Season 2 of the world’s first and only annual online international student Shakespeare film festival: ShakeMeUp 2017 – 2018.
This special online film festival – which will occur next academic year – is being spearheaded by Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC) and welcomes the participation of all interested secondary classrooms throughout the world from Year 7 (Grade 6) through Year 13 (Grade 12).
Any secondary teacher, after-school club leader or homeschool parent interested in integrating Shakespeare and film into their present curriculum will most certainly find this an appealing opportunity to create a culminating capstone learning experience for their students.
ShakeMeUp is an incredibly unique student film festival for a number of reasons: a) All participants receive access to Artistic & Technical Mentors to advise students and teachers during the film production process (from September 15, 2017 – March 16, 2018); Festival can be integrated within most curriculums including the International Baccalaureate as well as British, American and other curriculums; Class-to-class collaborations between schools are facilitated by the festival and all participating teachers benefit from being a part of global educational network of kindred spirits; Everything is done online. There’s no physical event that’s integral to ShakeMeUp (although physical ShakeMeUp screenings and celebrations are certainly not out of the question); Most – if not all student films – are submitted within a structured academic environment and are an outcome of learning in the classroom.
The overall goal of the ShakeMeUp Film Festival is to use film to infuse a little more fun into Shakespeare and to provide teachers another platform to perk student interest in the Bard’s timeless works.
If we have peaked your appetite and you want to learn more about how your talented students can submit films and join in the fun next school year, please let ShakeMeUp Director Doug Hart know and he will answer your questions and provide you with the official festival materials. Reached him at email@example.com. Also check out www.facebook.com/ShakeMeUpShakespeare/.
ShakeMeUp – International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival
Prague Shakespeare Company’s 2016-17 inaugural ShakeMeUp Film Festival has concluded its first cycle and is now gearing up for the upcoming 2017-18 round. Supported by the Avast Foundation, ShakeMeUp, the world’s first and only international online student Shakespeare film competition, has sparked great interest throughout the globe. Since December 2016, a total of 328 films have been submitted from over 76 student production teams representing 54 schools on 3 continents.
Over the past 9 months, ShakeMeUp has been successfully integrated in a variety of year-groups, class subjects (Drama, Film, English, Design & Technology, etc…) and curriculums (International Baccalaureate Diploma, Middle Years, British Key Stage 3, International General Certificate of Secondary Education, and other state and private school programs). ShakeMeUp’s first round included classrooms from 22 countries and jurisdictions including…
Bahrain, Belarus, Czech Republic, Canada, China, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Mozambique, Norway, Rwanda, Sweden, Uganda, United States of America) and 17 American states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York City, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vermont).
ShakeMeUp Film Festival also thanks the following 25 judges who reviewed and assessed Round 2 and 3 student films:
If you have any questions about the upcoming 2017-18 ShakeMeUp Film Festival, contact Director Doug Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to the Avast Foundation for supporting the project and all the judges, teachers, mentors and students who participated!