Calling the Shots are looking for young people with brilliant ideas to produce a series of short films for Arts Council England and for potential inclusion in Random Acts, the arts series broadcast on Channel 4.
The closing date for this round of applications is Friday October 20th 2017 at 12PM Midday.
If you’re aged 16-24 and currently live or study in the South West, you are eligible to apply.
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… There are no limits or definitions as to whom we want to apply- you could be an artist, dancer, writer or a poet. Confront, surprise and challenge us with your short film idea. Completed films will 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.
Before applying, we recommend that you take a look at existing Random Acts films and think about ways in which you can be bold and creative in the short film format.
The application process simply asks that you share your idea with us: send a plan for your film and let us in on your influences and experiences.
Application forms can be downloaded via our website. Please read the information form first before applying and send all filled in applications to
If you have any further questions about the application process, send us an email via
We can’t wait to see your ideas. Good Luck!