What is Random Acts


Random Acts are bold, daring and challenging expressions of creativity delivered in short film form. Between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long, they come in many flavours; live action, animation, serious, cheeky and outrageous; made by dancers, poets, visual artists, musicians, writers, comedians, filmmakers.

There are five organisations across England each making 24 films a year between 2015 and 2018. Each film is directed by a young artist or filmmaker between the age of 16 and 24 and completed films have the chance to be showcased on Channel 4’s online and broadcast platforms.

Browse the list of current Random Acts North Year 1 and Year 2 artists

Watch a playlist of Random Acts North films below:


Random Acts Presents

Throughout 2017-18, short films from all five Random Acts Network Centres are being screened in cinemas across England as part of Random Acts Presents.  From animation and comedy, to dance and spoken word – these bold and creative short films reflect the mosaic of contemporary life in England through the lens of its young artists.

Over 120 Random Acts short films are now available to screen in your cinema, either as one screening or as individual shorts to screen before feature-length films. Find out more.


Talent Development

Thanks to additional investment from Arts Council England, we have extended our programme to include further professional development opportunities for alumni of Random Acts Network Centre North to better prepare them for a life in the creative industries. Find out more


Random Acts in the North of England

Anyone living or studying in the North of England (North East, North West, Yorkshire) has been able to apply to Random Acts Network Centre North – a partnership between Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), HOME (Manchester), and True North Productions (Leeds). Random Acts is a partnership between Arts Council England and Channel 4.

Applications to Random Acts Network Centre North are currently closed.

Click here to browse a playlist of completed films from the first year of Random Acts North applications.

The films from our Year 2 filmmakers are currently being finalised and Channel 4 are releasing a new film every week – check out the latest films here.

We are currently shortlisting our Year 3 applicants who will start making their short films later in 2017.