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    Shakespeare Republic #AllTheWebsAStage wins three more awards!

    It has been a rollercoaster ride for the latest season of Shakespeare Republic over the past six months. The new season, filmed entirely in lockdown in 2020 using a combination of internet technologies, smartphones and the innovation of our director, cast and crew has been having an amazing run on the international film festival circuit since November 2020, most recently winning three awards at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in the UK – Best Web Series (Special Mention), Best Actor in a Web Series (Mark McMinn) and Best Actress in a Web Series (Sally McLean). The season also received a Best Actor in a Web Series nomination for Frank Collison…

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    Three more awards for Shakespeare Republic & we screened at Cannes!

    June already?! This year is moving FAST! There are a few things that have been going on in the Republic camp that we’d like to share, including our recent French Premiere in Cannes, the amazing new trophies we get to add to our mantelpiece from London & Cannes and another official selection for the series on the international festival circuit! So let’s get on with it! OUR FRENCH PREMIERE! SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC SCREENED AS A FINALIST AT THE COTE D’AZUR WEBFEST IN CANNES! Shakespeare Republic (Season Two) had it’s French Premiere as a Finalist at the Côte d’Azur WebFest which took place during the 72nd Festival de Cannes as part of…

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    It takes a village – latest news from the Shakespeare Republic trenches and appreciation post for the web series community #Shakespeare #webseries #filmmaking

    Happy December! It’s been an extraordinary year and we’d like to thank everyone for continuing to support the Republic as beautifully as you have. Knowing such support is out there for the work keeps our energy levels up and the engines firing for the next leg of the project and we are very grateful to all of you. Today, we are in a rather reflective mood and filled to the brim with affection and appreciation for the community we are so proud to be a part of. We have so much news to share, that we’ve decided to do a series of updates this week to fill you all in…

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    Two more official selections for Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard! #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    So absolutely delighted to announce that Season Two has been officially selected for the Portugal International Film Festival in their Web Series Category! Huge thanks to Jose and the Jury for including us! The Bard now heads to Portugal in September! Dziękuję Portugalię! Niech żyje Bard! We are delighted to announce that Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) has also been officially selected for the 2017 International Online Web Fest! Long Live The Bard! And finally, we have released a taste of our behind the scenes footage from Season Two of Shakespeare Republic, soon to be released as a full documentary. Interviews with cast and crew will be shot in the coming months…

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    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard Season Two festival run has begun with a bang! #shakespeare #webseries

    In case you haven’t been following our social media profiles, we thought we should post here on the site that we are absolutely delighted to share with you the exciting news of these official film festival and webfest selections for Shakespeare Republic Season Two! To date, we have been selected for Austin WebFest, Sicily WebFest and Melbourne Web Fest, where we have also been nominated for Best Australian Drama!  We were also selected as part of the Academy Award Qualifying (for short film), festival – St Kilda Film Festival – as part of their “Australia’s Favourite Web Series” showcase, where we screened on May 21 alongside 9 other web series from…

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    Season Two filming complete and more festival official selections for Season One!

    What a month it has been! Exciting news is that we have finished filming for Season Two!!  After our initial 2 day shoot in August, we went on to complete a gruelling 8 day shoot in September, but it was totally worth it!  We have some amazing images from the shoot that we are so excited to share with you later this year and have a long list of people to thank for making the filming possible. First thank you goes to our amazing location sponsors – The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, Lord Somers Camp, Somers, St Catherines School, Toorak and Toorak College, Mt Eliza.  We cannot thank these generous…

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    Shakespeare Republic at @MelbWebFest! #screening #melbourne #shakespeare

    This week we are prepping to attend the upcoming Melbourne Web Fest (running from July 1-3), here in our fair city, but first we will be at the MWF “Spotlight on Melbourne” screening this Thursday, June 30th at Loop Bar to celebrate some of the fantastic creativity coming out of Melbourne onto the world wide web with a showcase of Melbourne web series – of which Shakespeare Republic is one! As you’ll see in the above video, Shakespeare Republic creator, Sally McLean, with Co-Producer, Billy Smedley attended the MWF Launch last month, to discover (much to their delight) that Shakespeare Republic had been selected to screen as part of the…

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    Shakespeare Republic – New Awards, Screenings & More #shakespeare #award

    What a month June has been!  So much has been going on within the Republic, much of it behind the scenes (more announcements on all that to come), but some events that we haven’t yet had time to share properly and wanted to put together in a digest here to celebrate with you all.  So here goes! NEW AWARDS FOR THE REPUBLIC We were absolutely delighted to get the notifications that over the past four weeks, we have won five more awards!  Amazing!  Here is the list for those who haven’t been following us on Instagram and Facebook: “Best Web/New Media” – Los Angeles Cinefest (March), USA “Best Picture (Web…

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    New Film Festival Announcements for Shakespeare Republic!

    Happy #ShakespeareSunday everyone! What a week it’s been! A new Shakespeare First Folio has been discovered on the Isle of Bute (off Scotland), just in time for Shakespeare’s upcoming birthday celebrations – and we’re brimming with news from The Republic front too! So much has been going on here behind the scenes – particularly in the area of film festival selections.  Since the excitement of last week in the Republic office with the news that we’d won two awards on two different continents (still a little excited about that, if we’re honest), we were even more delighted to find out in the past few days that we’ve been Officially Selected for…

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    Two award wins for Shakespeare Republic on film festival circuit!!

    We are delighted to announce that Shakespeare Republic had a rather exciting weekend, just gone – winning two awards internationally! Firstly, we were thrilled to receive the inaugural Silver Gaddy Award for Best Mobisode or Web Short, the top honour for that category, presented by the Peak City International Film Festival in the USA!  Director, Sally McLean, accepted the award via video from Melbourne to a packed house at the awards gala, and here is a snippet of video filmed by one of the attendees on the night of the announcement: A video posted by Shakespeare Republic (@shakespearerepublic) on Apr 2, 2016 at 11:18pm PDT Thank you to Peak City International Film…

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    Shakespeare Republic officially selected for 12MFF in Romania!

    We are delighted to be officially selected for the 12 Months Film Festival in Romania! 12MFF is a wide-ranging festival that covers shorts, features, music videos, web series, trailers and commercials.  Each month films are submitted and if officially selected, go into the running to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.  These monthly awards are treated as elimination rounds for the full live screening festival, which takes place in April each year.  The first three placed projects in each category will qualify for the annual event screenings and competition.  To date, 12MFF has showcased and awarded filmmakers from six continents. We are so thrilled to be in the running…

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    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the 2016 Sydney World Film Festival

    We are delighted to announce that Sally McLean’s episode as “Billie” performing Sonnet #18 has been Officially Selected for the 2016 Sydney World Film festival in the “Australian Cinema Now” category. We would like to thank the judges and organizers at SWFF for selecting Shakespeare Republic to screen at the festival in this category among some extraordinary Australian short films – and would like to congratulate the winner of the “Australian Cinema Now” category – Sydney Film School & UCLA graduate, Anges Baginska for her short film “Milkmaid”, which has previously won the David Lynch Award (which gave her a scholarship to study an MA in Film under David’s tutelage in…

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    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the 2016 Peak City International Film Festival

    We are delighted to have been officially selected for the 2016 Peak City International Film Festival (PCIFF), which will be taking place in Apex, North Carolina from April 2, 2016. Sally McLean’s episode as “Billie” performing Sonnet #18 will be leading the charge for the series. We would like to thank the judges and organizers at PCIFF for selecting Shakespeare Republic to screen at the festival – which also marks our first official screening in the USA!  The final awards ceremony will be screened live via Periscope from the Halle Cultural Center and we will let you know the details when we have them. More news to come from The Republic…

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    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival

    We are delighted to announce that Ben Steel’s episode of Shakespeare Republic as “Jules” (“Juliet”) has been Officially Selected to screen at the 2016 Melbourne Queer Film Festival on April 5th as part of their “Web Shorts” program! We are especially delighted to be accepted into MQFF, as the screening is happening at the hub of all things cinema, ACMI at Federation Square, right here in our home town of Melbourne! We are so thrilled to be a part of such an iconic festival and have the chance to see the episode on the big screen, in a cinema, with an audience – alongside such a great international line-up of content. The…

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    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the International Online Web Fest

    In much happier 2016 news, Shakespeare Republic started this New Year with the notification that we had been accepted into the Digitalmation Awards, which brought us up to five festivals in which we have been officially selected including: The Garden City International Film Festival, ROMA CinemaDoc, Near Nazareth Film Festival, Underground Film Fest. And the official selections have continued!  We are delighted to announce that we have been officially selected for the International Online Web Fest!  With a jury of talented and accomplished filmmakers assessing each entry from the UK and Europe, we are truly thrilled to have Season One accepted in this year’s line-up. We are also continuing to work on our…

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    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for the Near Nazareth Festival in Israel

    We are thrilled to have made Official Selection for the 2016 Near Nazareth Festival in their Web/New Media category! Episode 6: Sally McLean as “Billie” (Sonnet 18) has been selected by the festival to represent Season One and we are very much looking forward to the festival taking place in Israel next May! We have also had the pleasure of already connecting with some of the other filmmakers selected from Canada, the USA and the UK over the past week and are truly enjoying the connection across the water that we are experiencing with this dive into film festival world! There are some truly generous filmmakers out there, some of…

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    Shakespeare Republic Officially Selected for Garden City International Film Festival and Roma CinemaDOC

    We are delighted to have made Official Selection status with the 2015 Garden City International Film Festival and October 2015 Roma CinemaDOC in their Web Series/New Media and International Web Series categories, respectively! Episode 6: Sally McLean as “Billie” (Sonnnet 18) was chosen by Garden City International Film Festival as the representative episode to compete for the series and Episode 5: Michala Banas as “Phebe” was chosen by Roma CinemaDOC as representative of Season One. We are so thrilled to have been given these nominations and thank both festivals for including us among such a high standard of web series from around the world. More news on our film festival campaign…

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