A free short film festival showcasing the work of young directors has been launched by Random Acts. Co-curated by the ICA, where the festival will also take place, ‘Playback Festival: in association with Random Acts’ will run from 9-12th March, and include 145 short films made by filmmakers aged 16-24, including animation, music, spoken word and dance. All of the films were made as part of Random Acts, a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4, which “aims to showcase bold expressions of creativity.” As well as being shown on a large projection screen, the films will be presented in interactive video jukeboxes. Following the festival, there will be a national tour of the short films, being shown in venues across the UK until spring 2018.
The festival will also include a programme of events, talks and workshops from partners including Dazed, Topsafe and Pulse Films. All of these will be free and open to the public, and are designed to develop filmmaking skills and to draw attention to opportunities for young creatives. These events include panel discussions, a pitching workshop, a tour of the exhibition with the filmmakers, and a discussion about how to get film work commissioned, among numerous others.