Alchemy Film & Arts' flagship event is dedicated to experimental film and artists’ moving image. We screen experimental shorts and feature-length works in cinemas and other spaces in Hawick, and host a diverse range of expanded cinema performances, discussion events, multi-channel installations, walks and other group activities.

We are proud of the warmth, hospitality and professionalism with which we host artists and filmmakers in Hawick, a Scottish Borders town of 14,000 people, and of the high technical standards with which we screen their work in an inclusive, intimate setting. Ours is the biggest event of its kind in Scotland.

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival has received praise for its curation, care, and critical contributions to the field of experimental film and artists’ moving image in international publications including Art Monthly, ArtReview, MAP Magazine, Sight & Sound, and the Skinny.

We are proudly non-competitive in nature. All selected artists are paid.

— Earlybird Deadline/Entry Fee – 24 September 2021/£5
— Regular Deadline/Entry Fee – 26 November 2021/£10

— We are happy to offer fee waivers to any artist in need of one. Get in touch here – no questions asked!
— We also waive fees for anyone who lives in the Scottish Borders. Get in touch here 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 2021.

We have increased our screening fees for all work selected from submissions:
— £100 per short or medium-length film (less than 60 minutes)
— £200 per feature-length film (more than 60 minutes)
— All payments will be made via PayPal after the Festival.

— We screen films from DCP and 16mm, and can accept most other common digital formats.
— We are providing all films with captions/Subtitles for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences (SDH), in the event captions/SDH are not already available.

— All notifications of selection will be sent out in early March 2022 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, WeTransfer or download link.
— We hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to communication and the screening of your work; we test all digital files and work closely with our partners and screening venues to ensure your work is shown in the highest standard possible. For this reason we ask that all selected films are transferred to us in advance of test screenings. So as not to impact other selected filmmakers, failure to meet these deadlines may result in your film being withdrawn from our programme.
— We take a great deal of care each year to curate a meaningful and critically engaging programme. Once a film is selected and invitation is accepted, a filmmaker may not withdraw their film from the programme.

Overall Rating
  • Alchemy's programming is top notch and they value accessibility. I hope to attend in person one day!

    May 2022
  • Enam Gbewonyo

    A fantastic experience from beginning to end! The festival is set in a beautiful part of the world and with so much care taken to ensure both filmmakers and enthusiasts are well looked after! Such great attention to detail and a brilliant roster of films to boot. Looking forward to taking part again in the future!

    May 2022
  • Bryam Kinkela

    A very good festival, thank you again for choosing my film !

    May 2022
  • Filmes do Gajo

    Awesome festival with a very very good curation. Definitely recommend to any experimental or more artistic driven "moving image" author.
    Looking forward to have another selection in this festival!!!

    May 2021
  • Moojin Brothers

    Alchemy was a great curation and wonderful festival. We are very pleased to be part of this year's festival. Thank you so much, particularly for the good communication!!

    May 2021