Visionary Shorts

Our partners Random Acts Network Centre North have a fantastic opportunity for young people living or studying in the North East, Yorkshire, North West and Cumbria. Creatives aged 16-24 are invited to submit bold and challenging ideas to this year’s Random Acts North initiative. The programme welcomes proposals from individuals working in any discipline, including visual art, dance, performance, music and more.

No previous filmmaking experience is required, as successful participants will be invited to take part in a series of workshops with professionals from across the creative industries. The 24 applicants selected will then be mentored in the creation of their own short films with the support of a professional production company. Each film will run for a duration of 90 seconds to three minutes.

Established in 2011, Random Acts is a platform for short-form arts films made by artists, rather than programmes about them. Supported by Arts Council England and Channel Four, the network develops young talent through commissioning and producing short films by individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and art forms. Tyneside Cinema has been appointed as the lead organisation for the Random Acts Network Centre North, working in partnership with HOME and True North.

The short films of previous participants, including Nathan Glendinning’s Boneyard and Josh Hawkins’ The Blackest Day, have been broadcast on Channel Four in the latest televised series of Random Acts. All acquired films are also available to view on Channel Four’s online platform at

Random Acts Network Centre North will be running information sessions and ideas workshops for potential applicants from now until submissions close in April. For more information, visit Random Acts North at or email

Entries close at 12 noon on Monday 3 April.

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1. Zero Space by Paul Trickett.