Alchemy film festival to premiere Ettrick offering

Jacques Perconte - Ettrick
Jacques Perconte - Ettrick

Hawick’s fifth Alchemy and Moving Image Festival runs for four days, from April 16-19, and premieres the film Ettrick, which explores the Borders’ woollen mill industry.

French director Jacques Perconte’s film, blending the landscapes and fabrics of Selkirkshire, is just one of many of the experimental film festival’s world premieres.

Other firsts are the Scottish premiere of Field of Dogs by Polish film-maker Lech Majewski, Light Matters by Dutch artist Joost Rekveld, and Francois Miron’s new documentary about American experimental film-maker Paul Sharits.

The aim of the experimental festival is to raise the profile of Scotland in the world of film-making and provide a high-quality programme for local residents.

There will also be special screenings of films made locally through Alchemy’s community film-making initiative, and a touring programme of short films called Luminous Latitude, celebrating the best of Scottish artists’ film-making.

Also featured will be 10 UK and Venezuelan artists’ moving image installations within empty shops, ex-industrial and empty office spaces around Hawick.

Festival director Richard Ashrowan and producer Sabrina Durling-Jones explained: “Since the first edition in 2010, the festival has grown enormously every year, attracting 730 international film submissions in 2015.

“We have a strong international profile, and more than 50 film-makers from around the world will visit in 
2015, including several world premiere screenings and around 100 short films and features.”

As well as attracting international film-makers, Alchemy also aims to support local talent.

The programme was released online on Monday, March 16. See www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk.