As Alchemy’s year-round programme expands, its volunteer programme continues to thrive. Taking pride in its warmth and inclusivity, Alchemy invites a wide range of people to help support the delivery of high quality events in Hawick, Scotland’s film town.
ALCHEMY FILM AND MOVING FESTIVAL 2020
This year marks ten years of Alchemy Film & Arts and the tenth Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Our Film Town Team consists of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, from those with technical expertise to students building up experience, from those looking for new challenges to those wanting to meet new folk.
Depending on the role, volunteers will receive access to film screenings, free meals, training and – in the case of volunteer drivers – a year’s membership with Teviot Electric Car Club.
Read through Alchemy’s various volunteer roles below.
We’re also hosting a volunteer social event for those who want to meet the team and find out more about this year’s festival. More information here.
FILM TOWN TEAM
Transport guests to and from Hawick
Help set up AV events around town
Assist with the festival Welcome Desk
Take tickets and assist with screenings
Welcome and inform exhibition visitors
Assist with our food and drinks events
Capture the festival buzz – video, sound, photography
Gather insights and evaluation from visitors
Spare room? Host one of our special guests!
If you love driving, talking away the miles and hearing stories from a range of fascinating people, volunteering at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival could be for you. We are looking for people with good driving and conversation skills to collect festival guests from surrounding train stations and airports, then deliver them safely to Hawick.
This year, Alchemy Film & Arts have formed a dynamic partnership with the Teviot Electric Car Club in pursuit of environmental goals. As a result, volunteer drivers at this year’s Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival can collect filmmaker guests from their arrival points in a brand-new electric car. You will receive a free membership for Teviot Electric Car Club, worth £25, which you will be able to use for a full year.
As well as using a quarter of the energy per mile compared to a diesel or petrol engine, electric vehicles are free from omissions and offer a quiet, comfortable and responsive driving experience. Discover what it’s like to drive an electric vehicle, how to charge them and meet a few international filmmakers along the way.
We will provide you with some tasty meals and 45p per mile if you would prefer to use your own car.
If you love being at the centre of the action and making people happy, volunteering at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is a great way to socialise. We are looking for friendly people who can offer our guests a warm welcome and help them gain the most from their time in Hawick. This is a chance to take part in an exciting international event with lots of opportunity to smile.
Would you like the chance to go to the cinema and watch a unique collection of innovative and thought-provoking films, for free? As a volunteer usher at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, that is exactly what we can offer you. In exchange for some of your time supporting our screenings, you will have access to a diverse range of films produced by renowned and emerging national and international artists.
Do you have a talent for making people feel welcome? We’re looking for friendly volunteers to help audience members engage with art installations at venues throughout Hawick. It is a fun opportunity to help showcase film from around the world, and to welcome visitors to enjoy these unique experiences.
We’re looking for a special team of volunteers to help host our festival catering events and keep the dining spaces in tiptop shape. In return, we promise to keep you refuelled with plenty of tasty grub.
Do you love chatting to new people and finding out more about them? We’re looking for good communicators to help capture visitor feedback. It’s the small things that matter: making sure people have a pen to fill out evaluation forms or enjoying a chat over festival experiences are important volunteer roles.
We’re looking for lively volunteers who can assist wherever they are needed at the drop of a hat. You’ll need to be like a chameleon and quickly blend into a variety of surroundings. It’s a super cool role where you will be helping to ensure the festival runs like clockwork.
If you love taking photos, and are rather nifty with a camera, volunteer as part of our festival media team. These roles are limited, and you must have experience. In return, you’ll gain access to all areas while capturing the buzz of the festival.
Some artists need help installing their artwork before the festival kicks off. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who loves being hands-on. You’ll be volunteering alongside an international selection of artists to install work of the highest quality. Jobs like painting, cleaning, building and venue dressing will keep you busy.
HOST AN ARTIST
We’re on the lookout for Hawick residents who might have a room to spare for one of our visiting artists.
All they’ll need is a comfortable place to stay – most meals during the festival are organised in advance by the team. The duration of artist stays at the festival are variable, with some attending for a couple of nights, some for the full 30 April – 4 May festival and some attending earlier on the week of 27 April.
If you have a spare room, and would like to host an artist please let us know details of your spare room and availability.