In April 2014, the Arts Council announced a new phase of our partnership with Channel 4 with plans to re-launch the Random Acts strand with a more prominent television slot, enhanced online presence, increased funding and a more ambitious remit.
Random Acts is Channel 4's short-form arts strand which showcases ‘bold expressions of creativity’ through short films covering art, dance, animation, music and opera, ranging in duration from 90 seconds to 3 minutes. The Arts Council has invested in the programme since its launch in 2011.
A new network of support for young artists and arts film makers
The Arts Council plans to invest up to £3 million to fund five new Random Acts Network Centres over a 3-year period from 2015-18, to nurture new talent from those aged 16-24.
We are now looking for arts organisations to apply to form these brand new Random Acts Network Centres, and to create a ‘network’ comprising partnerships with other cultural, educational and creative media organisations. These centres will help to develop young talent, aged 16-24, and provide entry points for the arts and creative industries.
Each partnership will form a ‘network’ within each of the five Arts Council areas which will deliver a package of activity including education, training and production support to collectively facilitate the creation of around 120 high quality short films per year (approximately 24 films per network per year) designed for distribution on Channel 4 platforms. Films produced by the network centres will be played on the Random Acts strand on television and online. Channel 4 will continue to commission Random Acts directly from more established talent.
Up to £600,000 of National Lottery funding is available to each Network Centre (and its chosen partners) for work which should be undertaken between February 2015 and March 2018.
The Network Centre will be the designated lead organisation responsible for the administration, leadership and performance of the network and will enter into a funding agreement with the Arts Council on behalf of the network.
Developing your application
We have allowed a 12-week period for applications in order to support the necessary partnership discussions and development that will be needed to make a strong application. Partnerships can be new or between organisations with a track record of working together. The importance is in the combined offer being able to provide a workable structure that is low on administration, and high on delivering benefits to young people, as well as high-quality film outputs that could be distributed by Channel 4.
You are strongly advised, if not already familiar with Random Acts, to review and study some of the existing 500 films that are available on the Random Acts website to better understand the creative diversity and editorial vision for the strand.
The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 29 September 2014.
Read our Random Acts FAQs Word
The programme is one of the strategic funding programmes supporting our Creative media policy and Goal 5 of our 10-year strategy Great art and culture for everyone, which focuses on children and young people.