Our ninth edition will be held Thurs 2 May to Mon 6th May 2019.

Submissions for 2019 are now open, submit through our website here.

Alchemy Film & 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 2018 festival screened 133 films from 30 countries over five days, with 36 world premieres, 18 European premieres, 24 UK premieres, 20 Scottish premieres and over fifty 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. Dr Richard Ashrowan, a Scottish Borders based moving image artist, has been the festival’s Creative Director since 2010.

Heart of Hawick is the central venue and festival hub, while the Creative Director coordinates the creative input of the festival partners.

Festival Team 2018:

Richard Ashrowan – Creative Director
Rachel Pronger – Producer
Kerry Jones – Print Traffic Coordinator, Youth Projects
Marc David Jacobs – Programme Assistant
Michael Pattison – Programme Assistant
Nazare Soares – Programme Assistant
Dorothy Alexander – Programme Assistant
Walt Holland – Installations Manager
James Maybury – Technical Manager
Jessie Growden – Marketing Coordinator, Programme Assistant
Dawn Berry – Sponsorship and Volunteer Coordinator
Donna Rose – Hospitality Assistant
James Coutts – PR

Festival Partners and Funders


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. Heart of Hawick is the central screening venue for Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival.





We are very grateful to acknowledge the support of our 2018 funders and supporters, without whom this festival could not take place.
See our list of sponsors here.

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)