Scottish films get big screen debut at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

Ettrick by Jacques Perconte

Over a dozen films made by Scottish artists, including Su Grierson and Kyra Clegg’s five-screen installation No Place Like; Jason Moyes’ Red Cap, Emma Dove and Mark Lyken’s The Terrestrial Sea, Roger Simian and Sarah Jane Swan’s video-art installation Alfonso’s Jaw and multi-media artist Kerry Jones’ End of Film will premiere at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in the Scottish Borders which begins today, Thursday 14 April, 2016.

Featuring 124 films from 26 countries, the international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image is run in partnership by Alchemy Film & Arts and Heart of Hawick and is this year marking its sixth edition.

Fife and Perth-based artists Su Grierson and Kyra Clegg said: “We are delighted to have our work included in this year’s Alchemy Film festival, this time as an installation. Alchemy is one of the few events in Scotland that specifically supports Artists Video, a genre of work that lacks clarity and definition at the moment.  There needs to be a better understanding of how Artists video fits generally into the contemporary arts arena, as well as its relationship to the world of short film, and having this profile at Alchemy is a very important move towards that. It offers us a very specific audience for our work.”

Sarah Jane Swan said: “We love watching as much as we can of the main film programme, which is always beautifully programmed and eclectic, but we can't think of any other festival which offers a wide selection of cutting edge artists from around the World the opportunity to create in spaces throughout a town. The fact that these are free to view helps bring in many local visitors who are curious about the festival in amongst an international cast of film makers and culture hounds.”

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Open Project Funding.

Rosie Crerar, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is a unique international film festival with experimentation at its core. Making a significant contribution to the Scottish artist moving image landscape, Alchemy showcases an international programme of experimental film and artists’ moving image in the BORDERS town of Hawick. The programme features innovative national and international film, alongside community filmmaking initiatives. Creative Scotland is proud to have supported the festival through its evolution and we look forward to the 2016 edition.”

Alchemy runs until Sunday, with this year’s programme including 124 films from 26 countries, 13 Scottish productions, several international feature premieres, experimental shorts, video art, and live cinema performances.

The festival will launch with an Artist’s Filmmaking Symposium with discussion from industry experts including Helen de Witt, Head of Cinemas at BFI, Steven Bode, Director at Film and Video Umbrella, the commissioning agency for artist’s film and Brian Konefsky, Artistic Director of Experiments in Cinema.

The theme of this year’s festival is Altered State, Alchemy Artistic Director, Richard Ashrowan explains, “The Altered State is the positing of a set of alternative possibilities, both vivid and subtle, for living, thinking and feeling. We hope the festival might stimulate discussion around these themes, encouraging shifts, transitions in thinking and being.” Read more in our interview with Richard Ashrowan. 

Screening Information

Ettrick by Jacques Perconte

Sunday 17 April 4.45-6pm

Main auditorium, Heart of Hawick- Tower Mill

Moving Image Makers Collective Screening- 7 Scottish films

Sunday 19 April 2.40pm-4.10pm

Main auditorium, Heart of Hawick- Tower Mill

Short Film Programme:

Red Cap by Jason Moyes

Sunday School  by Dorothy Alexander

100 Seconds by Julie Witford

Ripple by Jane Houston Green

Kedem by Narda Azaria Dalgleish

Snow by Patrick Rafferty

End of Film by Kerry Jones


Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 10am-6pm

The Terrestrial Sea by Mark Lyken and Emma Dove

Alfonso’s Jaw by Sarah Jane Swan and Roger Simian

No Place Like by Kyra Clegg and Su Grierson

Uchronia…Fluffed up in order to be blended by Kerry Jones

Screening Room

Screening Room Programme

Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 10am- 6pm

En Coulisse by Ethel Maude

Trickster by Tessa Power

The Hidden Castle by Sean Martin

Altered State 2

Short Film Programme

Saturday 16 2.45-4.15pm

Koan III by Sean Martin