Random Acts

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Channel 4 introduced Random Acts in 2011 to show films by artists, rather than programmes about them. Since then it has broadcast over 500 short films covering art, dance, animation, music and opera by artists including Ai Weiwei and Kate Tempest

The Arts Council has been a partner and co-funder of Random Acts from the beginning. The next phase of the project will boost Random Acts’ role as a place where the latest generation of talent can find its voice. In 2016 Random Acts will relaunch with a new commitment to show films made by diverse young talent.

Between 2015 and 2018 Arts Council England will invest £3 million in five Random Acts Network Centres spread across England. Arts organisations, production companies and education partners will work together to find and nurture young artists and arts film-makers aged 16 to 24 to deliver new short films.

The Arts Council’s investment will help provide access to a notoriously difficult-to-get-into sector. By targeting support across the country, including in areas where access to film and TV has been limited it will help to increase the diversity of the new talent coming through.

The best films will feature on the Random Acts strand on television and online, alongside films by established artists commissioned directly by Channel 4. 

If you're aged 16 to 24 and want to know more about the Network Centre programme, contact the centre in your area. See the links below the quote for details of each centre.

We’re inviting artists to use TV as a canvas and let their imaginations run wild and create the work itself. It’s liberating for them – hardly anyone gives them the budget and then says ‘go away and make it’. The heart and soul of Random Acts lives across all our digital platforms to give artists more exposure than ever before

(Pegah Farahmand, Editor, Random Acts)

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Still from Mirrored by Ill Studio, produced in association with Random Acts. Photo © Ill Studio / It’s Nice That. 2. Confetti Crowd film, produced in collaboration with Random Acts. Photo © Screen South. 3. Still from Re-Code by Man Made Youth, part of Rural Media's Random Acts commissions. Photo © Dave Jones / Man Made Youth via Rural Media / Random Acts. 4. Behind the scenes photos from the making of 'Body Rites' by Naomi Berrio-Allen, part of ICA's contribution to Random Acts. Photo © Ian Davies / ICA. 5. Logo © Tyneside Cinema. 6. Random Acts logo © Channel 4