STOP PLAY RECORD is open to you whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or have an ambition to make your first short film. If successful with your application you will work with either the ICA, Chisenhale Gallery, DAZED, Kingston University or SPACE who will help and advise you throughout each stage of production up to delivery of your film. Production will take place over an agreed period of time and you will be expected to work within an agreed budget and schedule.

The deadline to apply is noon, 17 April 2017

All films made by STOP PLAY RECORD have the chance to be included as part of the Channel 4 Random Acts series. Random Acts supports “bold, innovative expressions of creativity” and therefore there are no restrictions as to what type of film we are looking for. We’re looking for people with strong ideas and to offer you the chance to create a really distinctive short film.

If you are over 24 and deaf and/or disabled and interested in applying to STOP PLAY RECORD then please contact the team at


  • Can I apply if I live outside London?

    No, you must have a London postcode to apply for STOP PLAY RECORD. There are four other Network Centres across England which you may be able to apply to: for more information please visit the Arts Council website.

  • When can my birthday be if I want to apply for STOP PLAY RECORD?

    Your birthday must fall between 30 January 1992 and 17 April 2001 in order to apply for this round of STOP PLAY RECORD.

  • Can I apply if I turn 25 during the submission period?

    Yes, as long as your birthday falls after 30 January 1992 you can apply to STOP PLAY RECORD, right up until the deadline of 17 April 2017. If you are over 24 you can still attend all public sessions of the programme.

  • Can I apply if I will be 16 soon after the application deadline?

    No, you must be 16 on the date of the application submission deadline of 17 April 2017.

  • I’ve made a film for STOP PLAY RECORD or one of the four other Networks, can I apply again?

    You are able to apply to STOP PLAY RECORD if you’ve applied previously and not been successful with your application, but unfortunately you’re not able to apply again if you have previously made a film for STOP PLAY RECORD or one of the other four Network Centres.

  • Can I amend my application once it has been submitted?

    No, please check your application carefully before you submit. We would advise that you ask other people to read your idea before applying and write your description in Microsoft Word or an equivalent. You can then copy and paste it in to the application document.

  • Should the video links I provide in the application be to previous examples of work or a pitch for the film we intend to make?

    It is not necessary to provide any additional material to support the description of your film idea, but if you have made a film previously please provide a link to your work on YouTube or Vimeo in your application. You do not have to make a new film showing what you want to create as part of STOP PLAY RECORD.

  • Can I send files instead of video links for my application?

    No, you must send a video link so the selection panel can stream your work as an online preview. We recommend uploading to a free online video streaming service such as Vimeo or Youtube.

  • Can I apply as a team?

    Yes, we do accept applications from teams or pairs of filmmakers. Please only submit one application and explain why you want to work in a team or with another person in your application submission's film description.

  • Do I need to be an experienced filmmaker to apply?

    No. Regardless of your experience or background, if you have the ambition to make a film please apply and we will support you to make your film.

  • Do all the team or production crew need to be 24 or under?

    All lead applicants must be 24 or under and based in London. You are permitted to work with team members and production crew over 25.

  • What kind of resources will I have to make a film?

    Each film has a moderate budget allocated, which is for production costs. You will be expected to have some role in deciding how this budget will be best spent. Selected filmmakers will receive mentoring from their allocated STOP PLAY RECORD partner, as well as practical support. We will ensure that you are guided through budget management and all stages of the production.

  • How much time will I spend on the programme if I get accepted?

    We aim to inform all successful applicants by June 2017 and all films must be delivered as part of an agreed schedule and at the latest by the end of March 2018. We ask that all successful applicants are open to attending mentoring and development sessions with their allocated partner. There will also be a number of public events across all STOP PLAY RECORD partner venues each month that are open both to STOP PLAY RECORD filmmakers and the general public.

  • How long should my film be?

    We are looking for ideas for a short film that is between 90 seconds to 3 minutes in length.

  • I need support in completing my application form - can you help?

    Please contact the STOP PLAY RECORD team and they can offer support and advice in completing your application.


1500 character maximum, including spaces.
150 character maximum, including spaces.
1500 character maximum, including spaces.

Equal Opportunities Policy

STOP PLAY RECORD upholds and equal opportunities policy for its application processes, and programme of workshops and events in line with ICA’s Equal Opportunities Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no applicant or participant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic or national origins, political or religious belief. 

Selection criteria and procedures are kept under review to ensure that individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

In order to monitor this policy we require you to fill out the below form as part of the application process.

The following is a definition of disability issued under the Disability Discrimination Act 1996: “A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.

To ensure as many of London’s filmmakers are able to apply we will be hosting a number of events at the ICA and around London to answer your questions about the scheme and talk through your idea and the application process. All of these events will be advertised on the ICA website.

Please email if you have any issues with the application process; due to the volume of applications, we cannot guarantee a response, but we will do our best.

We would advise all applicants to carefully read through their applications before applying. After selecting the SUBMIT button below you will no longer be able to amend your application, so please ensure that you are satisfied with the information provided before you choose to submit.