The next edition of the festival has been moved from autumn 2013 to a new date: 4th – 6th April 2014.

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. Our 2014 theme is ‘DreamLand’, focussing on film explorations of the natural world as a place of dreams, relating further to utopian dreams of a Scottish homeland – in Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, and the Scottish Referendum. The 3 day festival is held in the ex-industrial mill town of Hawick, in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland, from April 3-6th 2014. Building on the growing success of our first three editions, 2014 will be our fourth.

The 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 humankind’s relationship with nature. 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.

See the Archive sites for:
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2011
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2010

Heart of Hawick and Borders Arts Trust are again working together to create the 2014 festival. Heart of Hawick is the central venue and festival hub, while the Creative Director coordinates the creative input of the festival partners. Our funding partners for the 2014 festival will shortly be announced.

Please see our submissions page for current information on submitting to the festival. Submissions for 2014 are open from 1st September 2013 to November 2013.

Festival Partners and Supporters


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.

We are very grateful to acknowledge the support of our funders, without whom this festival could not take place:

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