Random Acts Brief

Random Acts is Channel 4's short film strand dedicated to the arts, founded in 2011 to escape the conventions of arts broadcasting and to expand its possibilities.

The world is full of TV about artists; Random Acts should instead be TV by artists. We want to encourage creative practitioners of all kinds to use the screen as a canvas. The brief is deliberately broad: we're after "bold expressions of creativity" and those could come from art, music, dance, animation, spoken word, performance, or some uncategorisable combination of the above. 

We are not specifically looking for short docs or profile films, and we rarely commission short scripted dramas - but we will consider anything that feels innovative and exciting in form. We want to be forward-thinking and saying new things about the world. We ask that the films be 3-5 minutes in length. But in exceptional circumstances we will consider films that are a bit longer .

Please only pitch having first familiarised yourself with the kind of work that we commission:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWwZGGoPLUfZmhm5zwKGHbg

Random Acts should push boundaries, provoke thought and play with form. The strand showcases work from as diverse a range of creative people as we can find from across the UK and beyond - giving breaks to new talents and premiering work by established ones.

To date, the strand has featured Riz Ahmed, Zawe Ashton, Shia La Beouf, Gemma Chan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ai Weiwei, Tinie Tempah, Kate Tempest, Gillian Wearing, Marina Abramovic, Asa Butterfield, Noel Fielding and many more. 

To submit an idea for 2020, please  email snahal@channel4.co.uk and nrose@channel4.co.uk by March 13th 2020 with one paragraph outlining your idea and one paragraph outlining the talent involved in the film.

We do not require detailed treatments, shot lists or scripts at this stage, just a clear, concise idea of what the concept is and a coherent description of what we are going to see.

Please include links to previous work from the filmmakers and producer.