STOP PLAY RECORD was a project led by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in partnership with Chisenhale Gallery, DAZED, Kingston University, New Contemporaries and SPACE, formed as part of a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4. STOP PLAY RECORD ran from 2015 to 2018 and supported the development and production of 72 short films with young people aged 16–24 who lived in London, selected from three annual open calls, as well as providing a programme of activity across the capital for anyone interested in filmmaking.
Free monthly filmmaking workshops, talks and masterclasses took place at the ICA and across all STOP PLAY RECORD partner locations, ultimately being attended by over 3000 young people. These free opportunities offered emerging filmmakers the chance to work closely with industry professionals, focusing on all aspects of film production.
All completed films had the chance to be featured as part of the Channel 4 Random Acts series on TV or online. Of the 72 short films produced, 98% were selected for broadcast on Channel 4 or published on the Random Acts official website, as well as showing at festivals globally including the London Short Film Festival, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the New York Film Festival. Many of the filmmakers went on to win awards including the BFI Patron's New Talent Award, gained fellowships as part of the Sundance Film Festival and found new careers within the industry.
All of the films produced as part of STOP PLAY RECORD featured in the national PLAYBACK exhibition, also coordinated by the ICA, which toured 18 exhibition venues. In addition, the films were screened at multiple cinemas before main features as part of a national cinema programme coordinated by Tyneside Cinema.
In recognition of the success of the programme, STOP PLAY RECORD was able to provide additional support to twenty filmmakers. These opportunities included new commissions from the ICA, Pulse Films, Nowness and Topsafe TV, as well as professional placements within each organisation.
STOP PLAY RECORD would like to thank all the filmmakers for their hard work in producing amazing short films and the mentors who helped support them, the young people who attended our programme of events and all of the industry professionals who took part.