Working in collaboration with Northern Film & Media (NFM) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Channel 4 is to commission a minimum of 5 short films for its renowned Random Acts series. The commissions will represent the best of North East talent and give artists in the region a national platform for new work.
The Random Acts commissions are open to artists and film makers across disciplines and come after a string of successful collaborations between the partners including The Turner Prize 2011, the artist film talent development initiative The Artist's Cut and feature film scheme Film4Ward. Artists and filmmakers are now invited to make proposals and turn ambitions into reality.
Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4's commissioning editor for arts said the commission would tap into the North East's wealth of creative talent and help to increase the visibility of the region on Channel 4. "We've been consistently impressed with the creative talent that NFM and BALTIC have helped us connect with through various projects together," said Jackson. "I'm keen on bringing new voices to the screen to offer a fresh perspective and our partners will use their on-the-ground knowledge to strengthen our commitment to out of London commissioning."
Jackson will address a briefing organised by NFM and BALTIC on 13 March. The session will provide an opportunity for talent to discuss their ideas in person with the Channel 4 commissioner responsible for bringing arts programmes ranging from Grayson Perry's In the Best Possible Taste and to How Clubbing Changed the World to the channel.
John Tulip, Northern Film Media's managing director said the commissions will develop the skills and relationships of the region's brightest talent.
"Our partnership with BALTIC adds weight to our previous initiatives with Channel 4 and has helped us to positively engage with a new seam of creative talent. The commissions represent a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers and artists alike to enhance their skills by working with a key arts broadcaster and gain a valuable TV credit."
"Catching a Random Act can be an unexpected pleasure in a night of TV viewing. Channel 4's ongoing commitment to the series and commissioning artists to create new work is equally commendable,” added Godfrey Worsdale BALTIC’s director.
“I'm delighted for BALTIC to be working with Channel 4 and Northern Film & Media to give opportunities for artists and filmmakers to gain access to these sought after commissions and we look forward to seeing the results on screen later this year."
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