ShakeMeUp: International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival

It is our personal privilege and pleasure to invite you, your colleagues and most importantly, your valued students to participate in the world’s First Annual Online International Student Shakespeare Film Festival: ShakeMeUp Fest 2016-17.

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 English and Drama classrooms throughout the world from Year 7 through Year 13. While this film festival will occur online, PSC will also host a physical ShakeMeUp celebration here in Prague in Spring 2017 to which all participating school Production Teams are invited. This event will not only include a screening of notable films submissions, but will also provide students and teachers a variety of special workshops relating to performing Shakespeare, stage sword fighting, stagecraft, acting, improvisation, show business, filming and editing. While attending the Prague Event is not mandatory, all are encouraged to come for the fun.

Any secondary teacher 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 within their classroom. The overall goal of this enterprise 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 some films and join in the fun next school year, please read the below Big Picture and Big Questions sections and review the the Timelines and Deadlines. If you have additional questions, please contact ShakeMeUp organizers at

Have a wonderful day and hope to hear from you soon!

Doug Hart
ShakeMeUp – International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival