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Shakespeare 450th Birthday 45-second Film Festival Contest

Brush up your Shakespeare and start filming him now.

In a few weeks -- April 23 -- Bill the Bard will have a milestone birthday, 450 years since his birth in 1564.

To mark the event, the Pioneer Press is sponsoring the Shakespeare 450th Birthday 45-second Film Festival Contest.

Forsooth? Only 45 seconds to honor 450 years of the greatest poet and playwright in the English language? Plenty of time.

As Shakespeare himself put it, brevity is the soul of wit and if it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.

We'll consider anything, no matter how wondrous strange. Want to do a hip-hop version of Sonnet 18? A highly condensed version of Romeo and Juliet with an all-cat cast? Henry V’s band of brothers speech in Klingon? Lay on, Macduff.

Here’s what you need to do: Make a video of 45 seconds or shorter with some sort of Shakespearean theme. Upload your production here by noon April 21.

You can enter as many videos as you want.

Entries will be available for viewing here for the duration of the contest. We’ll name a winner on the big day, April 23.

The winner will get a pair of tickets to a performance of Hamlet at the Guthrie Theater. So screw your courage to the sticking place, don’t let “I dare not” wait upon “I would,” and fire up the video camera.

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