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This page contains information on tickets, access measures and other policies at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2024.

ATTENDING OUR CINEMA SCREENINGS

  • All cinema screenings and events, except for our Festival Ceilidh, are priced £5 / £7 / £9 on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis. No proof of your financial circumstances is required, though we do ask audiences to be honest so that our inclusive pricing model can be sustained.
  • Tickets to screenings are available from Heart of Hawick’s box office and website. Tickets are also linked to from each individual screening page.
  • The seat width in our partner cinema venue Heart of Hawick is 41cm.
  • Leg room in our cinema is 60cm.

DESCRIPTIVE SUBTITLES

  • All films in our cinema screenings have descriptive subtitles.

BSL INTERPRETATION

  • All Q&As and introductions to cinema screenings will have BSL interpretation.
  • You can view a BSL trailer for our Festival.

CONTENT WARNINGS

  • Content warnings for all programmes can be found at the top of each programme page and will be visible and read aloud before each cinema screening.

VISITING OUR EXHIBITIONS

  • Exhibitions are free to enter without a ticket, 10am – 5pm each day of the Festival.
  • All exhibitions have step-free access. Exhibition venues in Heart of Hawick and Borders Textile Towerhouse are accessible via lift.

ATTENDING OUR EVENTS

  • Our Festival Ceilidh in Hawick Town Hall on Friday 3 May is free to attend but ticketed – booking is essential. Please note you do not need to book if you have a delegate badge.
  • Entrance to our ‘Nightcap’ events on Thursday 2, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May is free with a ticket to any festival cinema screening. 
  • Booking is not required for our Film Quiz on Sunday 5 May. The quiz begins at 8pm and arriving by 7.30pm is recommended. 

DELEGATE TICKETS TO SCREENINGS AND EVENTS

  • A limited number of delegates’ tickets are available for each cinema screening and event; delegates should collect tickets from the information desk on the Heart of Hawick mezzanine (first floor) on the day of the screening or event.
  • Entry to our Festival Ceilidh and Nightcaps is permitted with your delegate pass.

BATHROOMS

  • There are all-gender bathrooms in Heart of Hawick and Unit 4 during the festival.
  • All Festival venues have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

QUIET SPACE

  • There is a designated quiet space located on Floor 2 of Heart of Hawick.

TEXT-ONLY BROCHURE

  • A text-only version of our print brochure will be available on our website soon.

PREMIERE POLICY

  • Since its 2021 edition, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival has not listed the premiere status of films in its programme. Alchemy Film & Arts believes premiere policies – whereby a film is disqualified from screening at one event because it was exhibited by another – actively produce competition, disparity and territorialism between artists, communities and curators.
  • In the spirit of working together and in solidarity with artists, we invite friends and peer organisations to challenge a global system that can only ever favour those already dictating its terms, and/or those able and inclined to travel long distances to enjoy and participate in art.

ENTRIES AND FEES

  • Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival’s line-up consists largely and proudly of newly commissioned work and films selected from an open call for entries. We offer a ‘pay what you can afford’ entry fees system, keeping each tier as low as possible, and also provide whole fee waivers – with no questions asked – to any artist in need of one.
  • Alchemy Film & Arts pays all artists selected as part of its screening and exhibitions programmes.

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