ShakeMeUp: International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival

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 doug@pragueshakespeare.org. Also check out www.facebook.com/ShakeMeUpShakespeare/.

Doug Hart
Director
ShakeMeUp – International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival