Submissions for the 2018 Alchemy Film Festival (3-7 May 2018) are open!

About Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

  • Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. Submissions of artists’ and experimental film from any part of the world are welcome – we celebrate a diverse range of works: the visually experimental, quietly poetic, formally radical, psycho-geographical, politically activist, culturally subversive, psycho-spiritual, the alchemically volatile, the underground and bizarre. Conventional or commercial-style narrative dramas, animations and  documentaries are less likely likely to be successful – unless they are truly original in form and content.
  • Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is working toward its eigth edition. It is a not for profit venture, run as a partnership between Alchemy Film & Arts and our main venue partner, Heart of Hawick. Alchemy Film & Arts is a registered Scottish charity (no. SC042142).
  • The next festival will take place over five days, 3-7 May 2018, in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders region of Scotland.
  • Our postal address is: Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, 39-41a High St, Hawick, Roxburghshire, TD9 9BU, Scotland, UK
  • To contact us by email go here or join our mailing list.

General Terms of submission

  • Once a work has been submitted, it may not be withdrawn at a later date.
  • Deadline for submissions: midnight 30th November 2017. You will be notified if successful no later than 1st March 2018.
  • Please read the full Terms of Entry before filling out the form below. We also accept submissions through FilmFreeway.
  • There is an earlybird entry fee of just £5 (approx $7 / €6) for each film submitted before 30th September 2017. For entries received after that date, the fee is £8 per entry.
  • You should see a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email straight after submitting the form.  If you do not see these then your entry has not been received and you should try re-submitting the form.


  • After submitting this form you will see a ‘Pay now’ link on the confirmation page. Alternatively, you can visit this link to make payment, but make sure you enter the Film Title and your Lastname in order that we can link your payment to your entry. The payment link will also be included in the confirmation email you receive. Your entry will not enter the review process until payment has been received.
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Please note that Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival specialises in screening Experimental Film and Artists' Moving Image. We do accept and review submissions of works in other genre's, but these are only likely to be accepted if they evidence strong visual originality or are clearly experimental in form and content.
Films produced within the last 3 years will stand a greater chance of success.
We welcome submissions from all countries.
Please tell us about any specific space, technical requirements or minimum financial support this project may require. We do like to support a range of these projects, but financial support for installations and expanded cinema performances is extremely limited.
If selected, this text will be used in our printed programme and website. Please give no more than 30 words.
You can add a longer description if you like - this may be referred to in reviewing your film.
Please provide a short biography of the Director / Artist. At least 30 words but no more than 100 words. If selected, this may be published on our website.
Please list any previous or forthcoming public screenings of this work including festivals and gallery installations.
Please select as many as you have available. We can screen all the above. Sadly, we can no longer screen 35mm. Please note that while we accept standard def DVDs for preview purposes, we do not usually use DVDs for actual screenings. We prefer to receive higher quality digital video files to be edited into our screening programme. We are especially delighted to screen film prints, though shipping costs can sometimes deter us from doing so if a print is not available in the UK.
Please tell us where we would get the print from - ie the name and address of the distributor/print holder and in which country. Please also tell us if the print is available free or whether screening fees would need to be paid. We can usually cover the costs of shipping for a limited number of film prints.
If Alchemy shows this film, would it be a premiere screening in either Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe or the World? We do prefer work that has not previously been seen in Scotland, though premiere status is certainly not a requirement.
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Please upload a still image from the submitted work, suitable for use on our website or printed publicity material should your film be accepted. Please make sure the image is 72dpi only - large images of 300dpi may cause your entry to be rejected.
We prefer password protected Vimeo links for preview purposes. We do not accept Dropbox or WeTransfer files sent to us for preview purposes.
Please provide a link to an online preview (ie. Vimeo or equivalent), plus any password needed for access. We prefer you do NOT use services like Dropbox, WeTransfer or YouSendIt for preview copies. A video streaming service like Vimeo makes it much easier for us to preview your film. Please make sure the link and password remain valid for at least 10 months from the date of submission.

Your contact details

Please include international dialling code if outside the UK.
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You can anything else you would like us to see here - CV, biography, filmography, press release or other promotional material.
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If your film is selected and you decide to visit the festival, we will need a passport photo for your festival pass. It helps us if you attach it here in advance.
If you have received a fee waiver, please enter your fee waiver code here. If you have been invited to submit, you can leave it blank.
Would you like your film to beincluded in future Alchemy touring programmes? Selecting 'Yes' means that if your film is selected and forms part of one of our 2015 festival programmes, we will subsequently be able to offer your film to other screening venues and festivals as part of an Alchemy touring programme. We will always notify you of any future screenings that happen in this way.
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The information you have entered on this form will be used for the purposes of reviewing your entry and will not be distributed to any third party.
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