Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival was initiated as a collaborative project between Borders Arts Trust, Heart of Hawick and Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) in 2010.  The first Alchemy festival was held in September 2010. Richard Ashrowan, a Scottish Borders based moving image artist, is Creative Director of the festival.

The annual festival is themed each year, retaining a focus on screening work that in some way relates to the natural world, to landscape and to mankind’s relationship with natural forces. The festival has a focus on high quality artistic projects and experimental short film, but also aims to mix this with thematically related feature length screenings.

Heart of Hawick, Borders Arts Trust and CABN are again working together to create the 2011 festival. Heart of Hawick is the central venue and festival hub, while the Creative Director coordinates the creative input of the festival partners. Awards for All is a major funding partner for 2011.

Please see our submissions page for current information on submitting to the festival. Submissions for 2012 are expected to open early in 2012 with a deadline in June 2012.

Festival Partners and Supporters


Awards For All Scotland
Awards for All gives grants of between £500 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.

Deans Chartered Accountants
Deans are a Scottish Borders firm of chartered accountants and we are proud to have them as one of the commercial festival sponsors for 2011.

Border Arts Trust
Borders Arts Trust is a newly formed organisation with the aim of championing the development of independent arts projects in the Scottish Borders. It aims to advance the arts, by the practice, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of visual arts, music, literature, performance, film and crafts. Its role in Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is in fundraising and in the initiation of artist-led projects.

Heart of Hawick

Heart of Hawick – Tower Mill is a multi-award winning culture-led regeneration project, a multi-agency arts and heritage initiative designed to contribute to the social, cultural and economic regeneration of Hawick and the wider Borders. Tower Mill is the central screening venue for Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival.

Creative Arts Business Network
Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) is an informal network and information sharing project to support the creative arts sector in the Scottish Borders. CABN also delivers specialised training and support, and runs a grant scheme for Visual Artists and Craft Makers in partnership with Creative Scotland. CABN has funded three artist residencies for Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival and is funded by LEADER and Creative Scotland.

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