Alchemy Film & Arts is a Scottish arts charity based in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders. The organisation’s vision is to champion the development of the arts through film and moving image, our work has an ambitious national and international reach. Our main aim is to engage the people of Scotland, and the Scottish Borders in particular, its creative residents, young people, and visitors to the region in high quality film and arts experiences. This generates creative, cultural and economic benefit on both regional and national level.

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. Alchemy Film & Arts was founded in 2010 and has produced eight editions of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. The festival is produced in partnership with Heart of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The 2018 festival screened 133 films from 30 countries over five days, with 36 world premieres, 18 European premieres, 24 UK premieres, 20 Scottish premieres and over fifty filmmakers in attendance. Alchemy Film & Arts also engages in developmental projects for experimental film and artists’ moving image production in Scotland, including artists’ filmmaking residencies, a year-round exhibitions programme, filmmaking symposia, touring programmes and community filmmaking initiatives. In 2017, Alchemy Film & Arts curated Scotland’s national exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale, presenting a major new film commission by the artist filmmaker Rachel Maclean.

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