Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. The festival is held in Hawick, a small rural town in the Scottish Borders. We screen features, medium-length films and shorts across two screening venues, and also exhibit moving-image installations and expanded cinema performances in unique spaces around town. The 2019 edition screened 147 films, including four features and ten installations, over a five-day programme.

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is organised each year by Alchemy Film & Arts, a registered Scottish Charity (SC042142), one of only 121 organisations to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland, and the only organisation to receive such funding in the Scottish Borders.

Alchemy Film & Arts also engages in year-round projects for experimental film and artists’ moving image, including exhibitions, residencies, commissions, touring programmes, and community filmmaking initiatives. In 2017, we curated Scotland's national entry to the Venice Biennale, with a major new film commission by the artist filmmaker Rachel Maclean.

We are proudly non-competitive in nature.

The tenth edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival will take place 30 April - 4 May 2020.

In submitting a film, you agree to the Terms of Entry listed below.


i. Once a film is submitted it may not be withdrawn.

ii. We welcome films of any subject matter by artists from any stage of their career.

iii. Although all submissions are considered, for the 2020 festival we favour films completed after 1 January 2019. We also favour films that have not been publicly shown before in Scotland.

i. All submissions must be received by us before the end of 15 December 2019.

ii. Submissions must be received in the form of a password-protected or private online preview (ie. Vimeo or equivalent) alongside any password needed for access. The link and password must remain valid until 6 May 2020.

iii. We no longer accept submissions in the form of physical media or previews via file transfer sites such as Dropbox, WeTransfer, YouSendIt etc. 


i. Entry fees via FilmFreeway are as follows:

Earlybird Fee (before 1 September 2019) = $8 per submission;
Regular Fee (from 1 September 2019) = $11 per submission.

ii. Alchemy Film & Arts is committed to making the festival submissions process as accessible and open to everyone as possible. If your personal circumstances prevent you from paying our submission fees, please contact us regarding a fee waiver, fully explaining your circumstances.

i. We pay a token fee of £20 per each selected short or medium-length film (up to 60 minutes) and £40 per each selected feature-length film (more than 60 minutes). All payments will be made via PayPal after the festival.

ii. If your submission is with a distributor we will require you to negotiate a screening fee waiver with them if your work is accepted. 

You will be notified of selection via email in early March 2020, if not before.

i. Final screening copies of selected works should be received by us four weeks from the notification date.

ii. We regret that we cannot cover inbound shipping costs of final screening copies. We can cover the return cost of 16mm prints. Hard drives and USBs cannot be returned unless they are received with an appropriate, pre-paid addressed envelope.

iii. In the case of digital screening copies, we prefer to receive final screening copies electronically.

i. All necessary permissions, releases and clearances will have been obtained by the submitting individual in advance for participation in the festival. The submitting individual bears full legal responsibility for ensuring permissions have been granted for the use of any and all copyrighted material in the submitted works for the purpose of the festival screening.

ii. Where the work has an existing distribution partner, sales agent or other third party with a legal or financial interest in the work, the submitting individual will have gained permission for inclusion in this festival on the basis of these terms and conditions prior to submission.

iii. The person submitting the form must possess the right to accept these terms and conditions.

iv. The information you submit will not be shared with any third party beyond the immediate staff and selection panel of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. We will never share any of your data with anyone else.

v. We may add your email address to our mailing list, and mail you details about the forthcoming festival, our events, residencies, future Alchemy calls for entries and other relevant opportunities from time to time. We will not share your information with anyone other than Alchemy Film & Arts, and you can unsubscribe at any time. You can view our full privacy policy here.

Overall Rating
  • We did not get the chance to attend this year but we're always thrilled to get a client to screen at this exquisite film festival. It was fantastic to see our client, HORROR VACUI, the opportunity to be a part of this brilliant programme. Thank you so much for being so professional and easy to communicate with.

    May 2019
  • Chris Paul Daniels

    An absolute joy to attend. This is so well programmed and doubles as a symposium, set of installations and performances, as well as a carefully considered set of shorts, features and special focus screenings. It comes highly highly recommended to any artists and filmmakers with an experimental take on film and the moving image. High quality of careful protection and attention to sticking to the times of the schedule really impressive too. Thank you Alchemy for a fantastic experience.

    May 2019
  • Pablo-Martín Córdoba

    Great festival, I was very happy to be part of the 2018 edition. Thank you very much!

    December 2018
  • Michael Lyons

    Alchemy has quickly become one of the most interesting events worldwide for experimental and art-oriented film. Very well organized festival with excellent production quality.

    May 2016