“Alchemy puts Hawick on the map as Scotland’s Film Town” 
        ⁠— Southern Reporter, June 2018

Film Town is Alchemy Film & Arts’ community filmmaking initiative encompassing workshops and partnerships in Hawick town centre.

Launched in summer 2019, Film Town aims to work to the benefit of Hawick and its unique communities by widening accessibility and inclusion for audiences, participants and partners, and by challenging social, physical and communication barriers. Film Town events aim to create positive and supportive working environments, while contributing to Hawick’s economic regeneration through an investment in its cultural identity.

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Wooplash, a new film exploring sound, friendship and the outdoors made by Borders Additional Needs Group’s Branching Out Youth Group, will receive its world premiere at this year’s Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, where it will precede Karel Doing’s new feature In Vivo. Wooplash was shot in Wooplaw Community Woodlands in Galashiels, Scottish Borders.

Young people engaged in Film Town projects as part of Hawick Congregational Community Church, Jedburgh Scout Group, Hawick Cubs, and Interest Link during 2020 were recently honoured with a prize at the Inspire Awards held by Scottish Borders Youth Voice, Volunteer Centre Borders, Borders Youth, and Scottish Borders Council.

The Polar Bear, a short film made as part of Film Town with Hawick Cubs, wins Best Animation in the ’12 and Under’ category at the Scottish Youth Film Festival. More details can be found here.

Film Town was a finalist at the 2020 Scottish Charity Awards, nominated in both the Demonstrating Digital and People’s Choice categories. More details can be found here.



Serving lunch with Reaching Out, the community project of Hawick Congregational Community Church.


Darae Baek leads a cyanotype workshop with students from Borders College.


Six films by Hawick Cubs, Jedburgh Scouts and Interest Link.


Demelza Kooij leads a group film walk in Hawick to explore place, environment and habitat.


Artist in residence Karel Doing explores plant-based filmmaking with local gardeners.

Film Town is a project committed to meaningful, reciprocal and enjoyable participation. All Film Town practitioners have appropriate training and experience to deliver such participatory projects.

Alchemy asks for a few details from Film Town participants attending workshops, in order for us to provide the best service possible for the duration of each project and so that we can share contributions in the manner agreed.

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