Books, Film & TV Thursday, February 23rd Words by: Lauren Rogers

Free film festival from Channel 4's Random Acts

Books, Film & TV Thursday, February 23rd

Free film festival from Channel 4's Random Acts

Random Acts – the Channel 4 film and animation initiative championed by Hereford’s Rural Media – is putting on a free festival.

Running March 9 -12 at the ICA in London, Playback Festival: in association with Random Acts will celebrate “bold expressions of creativity” and help young filmmakers find a foothold in an hard to access industry.

The 145 short films being screened – crossing animation, music, spoken word and dance – have been created by film makers aged 16-24, all of whom applied to Random Acts, a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4 that regularly broadcasts the shorts on C4.

Rural Media, the digital arts charity based in West Street, Hereford, is the Midlands base for Random Acts.

Along with Calling the Shots in Bristol, Screen South in Kent and Tyneside Cinema, it work with the young people to create the films, giving applicants access to a £5k budget.

Send Her Victorious, a Random Acts short about a drag queen with extreme Islamophobic views was nominated in the Best New Talent category of 2016 Royal Television Society Midlands Awards.

The ambitious narrative piece by Ben Norris challenged the preconception that sexual fluidity and liberalism go hand in hand.

Applications for the next round of Random Acts are open until March 21.

For more info, call Julie at Rural Media on 01432 344039.


Alongside short film screenings Playback Festival will feature talks and advice from festival partners including Dazed magazine and Pulse Films.

For details and tickets, head to

Following the festival run in March, Playback will go on a UK tour. Dates, details and venues tbc.

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