Our eighth edition will be held 2-7 May 2018.

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. Alchemy Film & Arts was founded in 2010 and has produced seven editions of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. The festival is produced in partnership with Heart of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The 2017 festival screened 139 films from 21 countries over five days, with 46 world premieres, 14 European premieres, 39 Scottish premieres and over eighty filmmakers in attendance. Alchemy Film & Arts also engages in developmental projects for experimental film and artists’ moving image production in Scotland, including artists’ filmmaking residencies, a year-round exhibitions programme, filmmaking symposia, touring programmes and community filmmaking initiatives. In 2017, Alchemy Film & Arts curated Scotland’s national exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale, presenting a major new film commission by the artist filmmaker Rachel Maclean.

The Festival was initiated in 2010 as a collaborative project between Alchemy Film & Arts (a registered Scottish charity), Heart of Hawick (a venue and cultural regeneration initiative run by Scottish Borders Council) and Creative Arts Business Network (CABN). It is now run as a partnership project between Alchemy Film & Arts and Heart of Hawick. Richard Ashrowan, a Scottish Borders based moving image artist, has been the festival’s Creative Director since 2010.

Heart of Hawick and Alchemy Film & Arts are again working together to create the eighth edition 2018 festival. Heart of Hawick is the central venue and festival hub, while the Creative Director coordinates the creative input of the festival partners.

Submissions for the 2018 Alchemy Film Festival are now closed.

Festival Team 2017:

Richard Ashrowan – Creative Director
Harriet Warman – Producer
Laura McIntyre – Community Engagement Coordinator
Kerry Jones – Programme Assistant, Print Traffic Coordinator
Marc David Jacobs – Programme Assistant
Michael Pattison – Programme Assistant
Walt Holland – Installations Manager
James Maybury – Technical Manager
Marta Berto – Marketing Coordinator
Emily Charlton – Hospitality Assistant
Jessie Growden – Administrator
James Coutts – PR
Karen Shaw – Scotland + Venice Project Manager

Festival Partners and Supporters


Alchemy Film & Arts
Alchemy Film & Arts exists to champion the development of independent arts and film related projects in the Scottish Borders region and Scotland as a whole. It aims to advance the arts, by the practice, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of visual arts and film.


Heart of Hawick

Heart of Hawick 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 2017 funders and supporters, without whom this festival could not take place.

See the Archives for:

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2017
View the Alchemy 2017 Gallery
Download the Alchemy 2017 Programme (PDF)

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2016
View the Alchemy 2016 Gallery

Download the Alchemy 2015 Programme (PDF)

Download the Alchemy 2014 Programme (PDF)

Alchemy Film And Moving Image Festival 2012
Download the Alchemy 2012 Programme (PDF)

View the Alchemy 2011 Highlights
Download the Alchemy 2011 Programme (PDF)

Download the Alchemy 2010 Programme (PDF)