Random Acts North Open For Applications

Posted: 22nd March 2016

Random Acts North are looking for bold, daring and challenging short film ideas that will excite audiences and make them think differently about the world.

Random Acts was established in 2011 as Channel 4’s platform for short arts films with the aim of escaping the conventions of arts broadcasting and showing films made by artists, rather than programmes about them. Since then it has broadcast over 500 short films covering art, dance, animation, music, spoken word and opera, including work by Ai Weiwei, Tinie Tempah, Kate Tempest, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Marina Abramovic. The work created for the programme can be seen at Random Acts website.

Channel 4 are re-launching Random Acts in partnership with Arts Council England to increase the impact and prominence of the strand and extend its reach. The re-launch will see 12 half-hour TV shows, each featuring a curated group of the films and a new home on the web that will be better integrated with the rest of Channel 4’s digital estate, making it easier for viewers to find and to use. Distribution of films into 4oD will ensure that the fast-growing mobile audience can discover and enjoy Random Acts on their smartphones and tablets, at home or on the move. At least 60-80 Random Act films will continue to be commissioned directly by Channel 4 every year from artists, producers and independent production companies; but around 120 per year will be commissioned from 16-24 year olds by five new Random Acts Network Centres.

To apply, you must:

  • Have an idea for a short film that is 90 seconds to 3 minutes in duration
  • Be aged 16-24 at the time of application
  • Live or study in the North of England (Yorkshire, North West and North East)
  • Not have been commissioned to make a Random Act film before
  • Be available to attend workshops to develop your idea and to direct the film during production

Deadline: 4 April

To find out more about the scheme as well as all criteria and eligibility guidelines, please see the Random Acts North website.


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