ShakeMeUp Guy Roberts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful day and hope to hear from you soon!
ShakeMeUp – International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival
An International Online Student Shakespeare Film Festival spearheaded by Prague Shakespeare Company in the Czech Republic.
Secondary students throughout the world (Year 7/Grade 6 – Year 13/Grade 12).
Film Festival will occur Online but Films can be shot anywhere and everywhere in Classrooms throughout the World.
Classrooms may submit films in either December 2016 and/or April 2017.
Students will work individually or in teams under the guidance of their teachers.
Because it’s fun and beneficial to students and teachers alike!
1. What sorts of short films may my students enter into the festival?
Anything related to Shakespeare will qualify. We anticipate a variety of submissions ranging from traditional to avant-garde and narrative to non-narrative.
2. What categories and criteria will be used for judging the films?
Essentially, the film festival will include two broad categories: Fiction & Non-Fiction. The chart below provides a glimpse into how films will be placed and assessed.
3. What will the judging process look like?
The judging process will consist of three rounds.
Your class will be paired with another secondary classroom and will do the following:
Network w/ other classroom
Create and submit films
View and judge films of Classroom B
Announce winner of Classroom B
Recognize/Celebrate 1st, 2nd & 3rd place films
Network w/ other classroom
Create and submit films
View and judge films of Classroom A
Announce winners of Classroom A
Recognize/Celebrate 1st, 2nd & 3rd place films
The above process will take no more than one week and will occur twice (December and April). Each teacher will determine which time of year best suits his or her curriculum.
Rounds 2 & 3
These rounds will include judges external to the participating schools. They will have extensive experience and (or) academic expertise in Shakespeare and filmmaking. Judges may include professional Shakespearean actors, university academics, filmmakers and university students.
Both Round 2 (regional/continental finalists) and Round 3 (world finalists) judging will occur immediately after the Spring Festival. Regional/continental and overall global winners will be announced in May 2017.
4. What if my Production Team’s submission does not achieve placement in Rounds 1, 2 or 3, does that mean we will not receive any award or special recognition?
Two answers. First, all participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Second, Prague Shakespeare Company will announce a variety of additional awards not mentioned in the judging process description. Categories may include “Most Novel”, “More with Less”, “Best Actor”, etc…
5. Will junior high/middle school students be competing with their senior high counterparts?
No, Year 7 (Grade 6) – Year 9 (Grade 8) students will compete separately from Year 10 (Grade 9) – Year 13 (Grade 12) students.
6. May my class (but different students) participate in both Tract 1 and 2 of Film Festival? Yes.
7. May a student work alone and not in a team? Yes.
8. My subject is not English or Drama. May I still enter my class? Yes.
9. May more than one teacher and class participate from one school? Yes
10. Will winners receive prizes? Yes, but has yet to be determined.
11. May my home-school child participate? Yes.
12. Does it matter how small or large my class is? No.
13. Will videos be made available to general public?
The student participants themselves (and their teachers) will determine whether or not the names of Production Team members be allowed in film credits or YouTube titles.
14. What if the festival encounters technical challenges during the film festival?
Of course, festival organizers will do everything necessary to ensure that all technical challenges are properly addressed in a timely manner. However, Prague Shakespeare Company and its representatives can assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries.
15. Could this festival be cancelled?
It is hard to imagine a scenario that would lead to the cancellation of this enterprise; however, Prague Shakespeare Company reserves the right to cancel, change or suspend the festival although we will try our best to ensure these outcomes are never realized.
16. What are the rules and guidelines?
• All films must represent original work by the members of each Production Team.
• All films must be 10 minutes or under. All others will be disqualified.
• All films must be produced entirely by current secondary students.
• All submissions must include a completed Master List Form and Image Release Form.
• All films not in English are suggested to include subtitles if at all possible.
• All films that utilize third-party music must clear this with the original owners/license holders.
• All films may include specific names of student production team members; however, all films must include the name of the responsible Production Team and School.
• No film can be more than 9 months old at time of submission.
• No submission can contain any third party work, INCLUDING ANY MUSICAL RECORDING OR COMPOSITION, unless (1) Production Team has a license to use such work in the submission from the owners/licensors; (2) such work is in the public domain.
• No submission may contain pornography or obscene content.
• No submission can infringe on any third party’s intellectual property or privacy rights.
• No team may spend more than $50 on their submitted film.
• Teachers must complete Registration Forms & submit Registration Fees.
• Teachers must ensure that all participating Production Teams (along with parents and guardians) complete required forms (Master List & Technical Report and Image Release).
17. What if a submission does not adhere to the rules and guidelines of this film festival?
If festival organizers are aware of a submission that has not adhered to the above stated rules and guidelines, that submission will be eliminated from the competition. However, if time allows and it appears that the violation was accidental, festival organizers will attempt to provide the Production Team an opportunity to resubmit their film. If any third-party action in relation to a submission arises, Prague Shakespeare Company and its representatives cannot be held responsible for any losses.
18. What will serve as the web platform?
Actually, four web platforms will be working in tandem on this project. First, Prague Shakespeare Company’s site (http://www.pragueshakespeare.com) along with ShakeMeUp’s official Facebook page will serve as the primary locations for obtaining details and updates on the film festival. Second, the YouTube Channel (which will not be active until December 2016), will host all student submissions as well as the actual online film festival. Lastly, ShakeMeUp will provide an exclusive social networking & Shakespeare resource site for all participating teachers. This online space will not only provide ongoing interaction on the details of the film festival, but will also be rich socially and in all things Shakespeare.
19. Is there a registration fee or cost for submissions?
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $100 per school w/ no additional fees for submissions. If, however, a school feels that it cannot pay this fee, any relevant administrator or teacher may submit a letter of request to Prague Shakespeare Company and apply for either a fee reduction or a full waiver.
20. How and when does my school pay the ShakeMeUp Registration Fee?
The payment deadline for the December Round 1a (Track 1) is June 3, 2016. The payment deadline for the April Round 1b (Track 2) is October 14, 2016.
All payments to be made by either credit (or debit) card or bank transfer by participating school. On your bank transfer please indicate clearly the name of the school.
To Pay By Bank Transfer
Prague Shakespeare Company, z. ú.
Ovocný trh 579/6, Praha 1, 110 00
Bank account number: 107-9103180287
Bank code: 0100
Komerční banka, a.
Na Příkopě 33/969, Praha 1, 114 07
To Pay By Credit Card
5% Surcharge will be added
Please provide card number and type, expiration, security code, name on the card and card billing address .
For American Schools: PSC America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
21. How will teachers and students benefit from participation in the 2016-17 ShakeMeUp Film Festival?
Enjoyable & motivating experience
More nuanced insight into Shakespeare
Learn Shakespeare from co-learning peers
Receive platform for creative work
Develop filmmaking and performance skills
Opportunity to compete on a global stage
Possible trip to ShakeMeUp Prague Event
More connected with peers around world teaching Shakespeare as well as film & theater practitioners
Right to access ShakeMeUp’s new “Sharing Shakespeare” social networking web portal
Possible trip to ShakeMeUp Prague Event
Students more motivated to learn
Students more familiar with Shakespeare
Spring 2016 – Sign Up!
While there is only one film festival, there are two film submission entry points: Track 1 and Track 2. The first thing you need to do is determine which below track you would like to take.
Track 1: If you would like your students to participate in Round 1a in December 2016, your registration form and fee must be submitted to ShakeMeUp at email@example.com no later than June 3, 2016.
Track 2: If you would like your students to participate in Round 1b in April 2017, your registration form and fee must be submitted to ShakeMeUp at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 14, 2016.
* The above is not just either/or, you may enter students in both rounds if you would like.
Summer 2016 – Meet Up!
Track 1: In July, you will be introduced via email to your partner classroom teacher. If interested, you are free to develop a unique school-to-school social networking plan (not obligatory).
Autumn 2016 – Gear Up!
Track 1 (December Round 1a)
Your students will work on their Shakespeare film productions.
Track 2 (April Round 1b)
Submit registration form to ShakeMeUp at email@example.com no later than October 14, 2016.
In November, you will be introduced via email to your partner classroom teacher. If interested, you are free to develop a unique school-to-school social networking plan (not obligatory).
Winter 2016 (Track 1 Rounds 1a) – Films Up!
You must send web links for your films to firstname.lastname@example.org to be uploaded on the ShakeMeUp YouTube channel no later than December 2, 2016.
From December 5 – 9, 2016, your students will review and judge their partner classroom’s video productions. Of course, the same process will be occurring in your partner’s classroom as well.
Your students must announce the Round 1 ShakeMeUp winners on December 9, 2016. Your announcement will be communicated to festival organizers via email (more details will be provided later).
Spring 2017 – Films Up & Winners Announced
Track 2 Rounds 1b: You must send web links for your films to email@example.com to be uploaded on the ShakeMeUp YouTube channel no later than April 21, 2017.
From April 24 – 28 2017, your students will review and judge their partner classroom’s video productions. Of course, the same process will be occurring in your partner’s classroom as well.
Your students must announce the Round 1 ShakeMeUp winners on April 28, 2017. Your announcement will be communicated to ShakeMeUp organizers via email (more details will be provided later).
Culminating Events (Rounds 2 & 3): Winners Announced
Relevant to ALL participants in Tracks 1 & 2
Friday May 5, 2017: Announcement of all Round Two 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Friday May 19, 2017: Announcement of Overall Worldwide Winners.
MARK YOU CALANDER! June 16 – 17, 2017
THE SHAKEMEUP 2017 PRAGUE EVENT
Two Day Film Festival Extravaganza on June 16 & 17, 2017
Including Film & Theater Workshops, Viewings of Festival Films,
Touring Prague and Dancing the Night Away!
Details coming in September 2016