Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the flagship event of Alchemy Film & Arts, champions and platforms the highest quality in experimental film and artists' moving image, including cinema screenings, multi-channel installations and expanded cinema performances. The festival is one of the leading events of its kind, and the largest event of its kind in Scotland, taking place in the rural Scottish Borders town of Hawick.
In 2017, we curated the Scotland+Venice exhibition at the Venice Biennale, presenting a new film commission by Rachel Maclean. Alchemy operates year-round, bringing the best in experimental film and artists’ moving image to Hawick in the form of exhibitions, residencies, commissions, touring programmes, and community filmmaking initiatives.
We are proudly non-competitive in nature.
We accept shorts and feature-length films via FilmFreeway only. To submit an Installation or Expanded Cinema proposal, please visit our website: https://alchemyfilmandarts.org.uk/festival-2021-submit
DEADLINES AND FEES
Earlybird Deadline/Entry Fee – 4 September 2020/£5
Regular Deadline/Entry Fee – 4 December 2020/£8
For our 2021 edition, Installations and Expanded Cinema proposals are free to submit.
We are happy to offer fee waivers for any artist in need of one. Get in touch if you require a waiver – no questions asked!
We also waive fees for anyone who lives in the Scottish Borders. Get in touch if you are a Scottish Borders resident.
We have no restrictions on the premiere status of a film, though prefer not to screen work that has already been widely shown in Scotland. We will also favour work completed after 1 January 2020.
We have increased our screening fees for all work selected from submissions:
— £50 per short or medium-length film (less than 60 minutes)
— £100 per feature-length film (more than 60 minutes)
— Installations and performances are remunerated according to the specific needs and nature of the work
All payments will be made via PayPal after the Festival.
FORMATS AND CAPTIONS
We screen films from DCP and 16mm, and can accept most other common digital formats.
We are providing all films with captions/Subtitles for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) audiences, in the event captions/SDH are not already available.
SELECTION AND PRINT TRAFFIC
All notifications of selection will be sent out in early March 2021 if not before.
Final screening copies should be received by us within 4 weeks of notification.
In the case of digital files, we prefer to receive final screening copies electronically – i.e., via Dropbox, WeTranser or download link.