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What is Random Acts?

Random Acts are short films made by artists, not films about artists. They 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.

Anyone living or studying in the North of England (North East, North West, Yorkshire) should 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.

To get inspired why not check out some of the films at Channel 4’s Random Acts website: http://randomacts.channel4.com/


Who can apply?

You can apply to make a film with Random Acts North if:

  • You’re between the ages of 16 to 24 years old.
  • You’re living or studying in the North East, North West, or Yorkshire.
  • You can apply as an individual or as part of a group, however in some cases you will have to nominate a creative lead.
  • You don’t have to have any previous experience of film-making but must be able to demonstrate a commitment to making new work in any creative art form. This includes – but is not limited to – dance, theatre, visual arts, music, animation, spoken word literature and film. You’re eligible if you’re involved in making some kind of creative work.

Click here to apply now – or browse our FAQ for more information.