Launching Channel 4’s partnership with Northern Film & Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on a slate of at least five North-East focused commissions for Random Acts, Tabitha Jackson, Channel 4's commissioning editor for arts, delivered a briefing on the strand for a full house of artists, filmmakers and digital content creators at BALTIC in Gateshead.
With the 04 April deadline for applications fast approaching, Jackson clarified her priorities for Random Acts commissions – above all the importance of having a strong idea. Inviting work rich in surprise, beauty, relevance and accessibility she advised applicants to aim for as wide an audience as possible, adding that “too often, arts on TV exist in a polite way; I want Random Acts to be gritty and less constrained – the creative expression of our lives now.” Jackson was also keen to emphasise that those with strong proposals but a lack of filmmaking experience or contacts should not be inhibited from applying as this kind of support can be provided by Channel 4, NFM and BALTIC. For more on the Briefing follow the ‘Click to Play' link above, right.
The aim of the commissions is to produce at least five fresh, strong films which represent the best of North East talent and give creative practitioners in the region a national platform for new work. Noted for their ‘television as art’, rather than about art approach, Random Acts is a short-form, daily arts strand which showcases bold newly-commissioned expressions of creativity – from luminaries such as Rankin and emerging talent alike – short films which aim to disrupt the schedule with content including, but not limited to, spoken word, dance, animation, visual art and music.
The deadline for applications is 04 April 2013 at 12pm (midday). For more on the application process click here.