Random Acts is a brand new short-form arts strand airing five nights a week on Channel 4. Over the course of a year it will showcase 260 specially commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and original expressions of creativity.
Television as art, rather than about art, Random Acts will enable a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces, unmediated by presenters and unfettered by the conventions of conservative arts television. The short films will disrupt the schedule with content including, but not restricted to, spoken word, dance, animation, video art and music. The films will also exist as part of a new online gallery on Channel4.com.
In its first few months Random Acts will include films arising from our partnerships with The Saatchi Gallery, Frieze, Film London and the Jarman Awards, all of which were designed to find and support the most imaginative and talented young artists in the UK.
To ensure a diverse, surprising and consistently excellent supply of talent, Channel 4 Arts will be working with a group of creatives including Tate Media; youth media brand, Vice; cutting-edge dance company, Ballet Boyz, FACT, and some of the country's most imaginative production companies from around the country.
The short films are part of Channel 4's on-going commitment to risk-taking and innovation in its arts coverage and to supporting and providing a platform for artistic talent.
Commissioning Editor: Tabitha Jackson
Acting Editor: Ravi Amaratunga
Multiplatform Commissioner: Kate Quilton