Calling The Shots: Random Acts

Create a short film and turn your creative ideas into a reality

When can I apply?

From Tue 23 August Until Thu 9 November

What does it involve?


Calling the Shots are looking for young people with brilliant ideas to produce a short films for Arts Council England and for potential inclusion in Random Acts, the arts series broadcast on Channel 4. There are quarterly closing dates throughout the year for each found, but if you miss the submission for this round you can just apply again in a few months.

If you’re aged 16-24 and currently live or study in the South West (check your region), you are eligible to apply and have a chance to become one of 72 successful young people whose ideas will go into production over the next three years.

You do not have to have any filmmaking experience or be a filmmaker – you just need to have a great idea and a clear creative vision. Your idea can be based on absolutely anything – it could be a spoken word piece, an artwork, a music video, a dance, or a wild animation… You could be an artist, a dancer, a writer or a poet – there are no limits or definitions as to who we want to apply. We want you to confront, surprise and challenge us with your short film idea. Completed films will need to be between 90 seconds and three minutes long, so bear this in mind when applying.

All successful applicants will be partnered with an industry mentor who will guide them through the filmmaking process and provide the equipment, training and crew that they need to create a broadcast-quality short film. It’s an amazing opportunity to get experience and insight into the industry and to make new connections.

How do I apply?

How to apply

Download an application and read more about the scheme:

If you have any further questions about the application process, contact