First Acts

A day of workshops and discussions for young artists, with Channel 4's Random Acts


13th November 2017

What time

9:30AM - 5:00PM



14-18 Broad Street,





Are you a young artist with an idea for a short arts film?

Random Acts are looking for young artists between the ages of 16-24 based in the East Midlands to develop creative ideas into professional 2-3 minute short films. 

From dance to visual art, animation to spoken word, music to drama, film to video art, all ideas are welcome, no matter how 'random' they are!

You can apply individually or as a group – whatever works for you.

You could get support (from the Rural Media Company) and up to £5k budget to get your film made – the films will then be submitted to Channel 4 for potential broadcast on their online platform and TV strand.

Getting the support you need to apply

This event is an exciting opportunity for 16 – 24 year old artists to take part in a day of workshops and discussions led by experts in artists’ and experimental moving image.

  • Prepare for your application to the next Random Acts commissions ahead of the 21st November submission deadline.
  • Learn about the experience of making Random Acts films from filmmakers who have been through the experience already.
  • Find out what makes a great application from production company Rural Media.

Our panel of experts leading the activity includes:

  • Emily Wilczek – Senior Lecturer, Lincoln University School of Film & Media and co-founder of Annexinema, a not-for-profit arts organisation which focuses on the screening and performance of visionary and experimental artists’ work in sound and moving image.
  • Erica Scourti – Artist and Near Now Fellow working across performance, video and text.
  • Antonio Roberts – New Media artist, Curator and Near Now Fellow.
  • Ben Norris, Leonie McQuillan, Jordan McGibney – C4 Random Acts Alumni.
  • Grant Black and Julie Colman - Rural Media Company

See for more details about the upcoming Random Acts commissions and application process.



  • Arrival
  • Grab a tea or coffee before we get started.


  • Welcome
  • An introduction to the day's activities.


  • Session 1: Exploring artists' and experimental film
  • Your chance to find out more about what's going on in the world of artists' and experimental film.
  • Panel discussion and film screenings with Emily Wilczek, Antonio Roberts, Erica Scourti and Random Acts Alumni.


  • Session 2: Creating film content as artists
  • Exploring the use of everyday technology, tools and techniques used by artists when making moving image-based work.
  • Interactive workshop with Erica Scourti and Antonio Roberts.


  • Lunch break
  • Complimentary buffet lunch.


  • Session 3: Creating film content as artists (cont'd)
  • Put your learnings from the day into practice in this practical workshop. With mentoring from our experts and Random Acts alumni, use everyday technology, tools and techniques to experiment with filmmaking and start bringing your ideas to life.


  • Break
  • A quick drink and snack break.


  • Rural Media: Applying and Pitching for Random Acts
  • Find out what makes a great application.
  • With Grant Black and Julie Colman from the Rural Media Company and previous Random Acts artist alumni.


  • Random Acts Premiere Screenings
  • See below for details.

Random Acts Screenings: 5:00PM-6:00PM

After the workshops, you are invited to stay for the premiere screening of nine new Random Acts short films from 5:00PM-6:00PM in Screen 2.

A chance to watch the artist-made short films before they are screened online or on television.

Followed by nibbles, drinks and chats in Broadway's Mezzanine Bar.

Reserve your place

Activities are free but spaces are very limited.

Please reserve your place by booking online via the link below.

Please note - you must be aged 16-24 to be eligible to take part in the workshops and to apply to Random Acts.

If you have any questions about the day, please get in touch at

Take a look at the Random Acts website to see of loads examples of previously commissioned films

“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 is TV by artists: bold expressions of creativity from the worlds of art, music, dance, animation, spoken word, performance, and every uncategorisable combination in between.”