ALCHEMY FILM AND MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL 2024: CALL FOR ENTRIES CLOSED
“Something special is happening in Hawick…”
The fourteenth edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the UK’s festival of experimental film and the flagship event of Alchemy Film & Arts, will take place 2 – 5 May 2024 in Hawick, Scotland.
Our call for entries is now closed.
Across an international programme of cinema screenings, live performances, moving-image exhibitions and a Festival Ceilidh in venues around town, the festival is known for the openness, solidarity, humour and non-competitive nature with which it is delivered.
In delivering our flagship event we are committed to the following:
We strongly advise you read our Terms & Conditions, included below, before entering your work for consideration.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DEADLINES AND ENTRY FEES
We offer two deadlines, an earlybird deadline for discounted entries and a regular deadline:
We ask that filmmakers submit their work on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis. We do not ask for proof of circumstances, but ask that you are honest to allow us to keep fees as low as possible.
If you are submitting a multi-channel installation, please give as much detail as possible, including documentation (if available) and essential needs in terms of space and tech. Alchemy will provide dedicated technical support during install and de-install.
We have no restrictions on the premiere status of a film, though prefer not to screen work that has already been widely shown in Scotland. We will also favour work completed after 1 January 2022.
FORMATS AND CAPTIONS
SELECTION AND PRINT TRAFFIC
HOW TO SUBMIT
All entries must be received via our FilmFreeway portal. We cannot accept entries sent to our team directly and/or over email.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US
A film festival unlike any other in Scotland, with a distinctive focus on unusual, experimental filmmaking that blurs the boundary between cinema and visual arts.
With their focus on community, education and inclusivity and their year-round events and programmes, Alchemy are showing how film festivals can be more than transitory parties for cinephiles and industry types. They’re building a lasting legacy for their community.
Experimentation is no more than a style if it doesn’t change the structures we participate in… If the current film industry specialises in the extraction and exploitation of human resources, then Alchemy is an exercise in radical imagination… A space of mutual aid, solidarity, a care network for both the people and the land…
It was really inspiring how you held the festival, the care and attention, and to see the way that relations are building in and around Alchemy in Hawick. I am already looking forward to next year!
Alchemy is a true flagship for inclusion.
Really had a wonderful time screening with Alchemy! The communication was impeccable and it is clear they love filmmakers.
Wonderful curation, beautiful festival, a dream for experimental filmmakers!
A truly wonderful film festival, run by people who are professional and passionate about experimental film. Both of these traits shine consistently through every step of the process.
One of the best festivals out there.
It is clearly impacting the community and nurturing creativity for all kinds of people be they from Hawick or international. I really can’t understate how brilliant a weekend it was.
Film festivals can sometimes feel airdropped into their surroundings. No such charge could be laid at the feet of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. With every edition, it feels more integrated with its community.
Something special is happening in Hawick, and these four joyous days were only the tip of the iceberg.
Photos: Sanne Gault