Welcome! STOP PLAY RECORD is a programme of screenings, workshops and events open to anyone interested in filmmaking. The series introduces audiences to a range of professionals from different creative sectors who work with moving image.

Each year STOP PLAY RECORD supports the planning and production of 24 short films with young people aged 16–24 who are based in London.

Films commissioned 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.

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You’ll find our public programme of events and workshops on the main ICA website. 

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Applications for STOP PLAY RECORD are now closed. If you have a great idea for a short film, please look out for our open call in 2017!


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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 Chisenhale Gallery, DAZED, Kingston University, New Contemporaries and SPACE.

Thanks for applying. 

Thank you for your submission to STOP PLAY RECORD, the selection process will take place in April and successful applicants will be notified by May 2016.

If your application is unsuccessful this time don’t forget the STOP PLAY RECORD programme of public events is open to all. Another open call will take place in 2017 and we would like for you to apply again then.