The application period for STOP PLAY RECORD is now closed


Offering a range of opportunities for young people aged 16–24 across London, STOP PLAY RECORD forms part of a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4, which sees the Institute of Contemporary Arts lead a London Network, in partnership with the Chisenhale Gallery, Dazed Digital, Kingston University, New Contemporaries and SPACE to provide a range of activities across the capital.

The networks will offer 16–24 year olds a package of activity including education, training and production support. Between the four Network Centres in England, 120 high-quality short films per year will be produced for proposed inclusion as part of the series Random Acts on television and online. Random Acts is a partnership between Arts Council England and Channel 4.


To enter the STOP PLAY RECORD Open Call you must be aged 16–24 and you must have a valid London postcode.


In order to participate in STOP PLAY RECORD you will be asked to register your contact information and your short film details. These details are only to be shared with the STOP PLAY RECORD network and its partners. The network and its partners will ensure this information is NEVER used for anything other than direct contact from the programme and this data will NEVER be shared with anyone else.


Please ensure that your video link adheres to the specifications supplied. See application FAQS for further information.

All entries may be used for research and educational purposes. STOP PLAY RECORD will never use a film that permission has not been granted for.


Applicants may apply each year the scheme runs as long as they are between the ages of 16–24.


24 London-based participants will be selected through this annual open submission to conceive and produce a new short film between 90 seconds and 3 minutes, for potential inclusion in the Channel 4 Random Acts series.

Successful applicants will be notified by June 2017. Those applicants who have not been successful will also receive email notification at this time. Successful applicants will receive support and advice from professional artists, filmmakers and curators to produce their film.

Each film is allocated a modest budget which includes a fee. All films are viewed by more than one person to be given a non-subjective decision but after that ALL programming selections are at the discretion of the project team and their decision is FINAL.

Due to the large number of submissions that STOP PLAY RECORD receives we are unable to give comments on unsuccessful entries.


Please ensure all details, descriptions and information are fully accurate at the time of submission. Applicants will not have any further opportunity to amend their application after it has been submitted.

At the point of submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed.

These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.