Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival announces its full programme
- The Scottish gathering, unspooling from 29 April-3 May, will showcase 171 works encompassing experimental film, artists’ moving image and animation, split into live screenings and on-demand programmes
Scotland’s Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival will run for the 11th time from 29 April-3 May. The event, co-directed by Rachael Disbury and Michael Pattison, will showcase 171 works encompassing experimental film, artists’ moving image and animation, split into live screenings and on-demand programmes.
The entire programme will be available worldwide, for free. In addition, all 171 films will be captioned for d/Deaf audiences, and a selection of audio-described programmes can also be enjoyed by blind and partially sighted audiences. Discussion events and Q&As will also be live-captioned.
This year’s iteration includes two keynote speeches by historian Vijay Prashad, a live performance by Natasha Ruwona, an expanded talk by Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, and programmes guest-curated by Greg de Cuir Jr and the “New Programmers”, a group of young people in the Scottish Borders mentored by Alchemy Film & Arts. A new feature by previous Alchemy artist in residence Karel Doing, entitled In Vivo, will be preceded by the world premiere of a new experimental short made by Borders Additional Needs Group’s Branching Out, as part of Film Town, a year-round community filmmaking project.
The live schedule is complemented by an on-demand programme that includes looped installations, programmes dedicated to artists Baff Akoto, Dagie Brundert, Richard Fung, Emily Jacir, Jason Moyes and belit sağ, and recent work made by artists in the Scottish Borders and the South of Scotland. Alchemy has also commissioned six new artworks – being presented for the first time – by Ania Bas, Jamie Crewe, Harry Josephine Giles, Jade Montserrat, Cinzia Mutigli and Kaiya Waerea.
The festival will officially kick off on Thursday 29 April with "A = A", an afternoon-long discussion event delivered in partnership with the Stuart Croft Foundation, at which artists Panteha Abareshi, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Jennifer Martin and Hogan Seidel will work through questions of repetition, duration and the loop.
Commenting on this year’s programme, Alchemy’s co-director Michael Pattison told Cineuropa: “We’re excited and energised to embrace the possibilities of connecting once again with international communities, and of maintaining the high standards we set last year in curating and delivering an event with proper engagement. The conceptual conversations demanded by an online event are also ethical conversations, and they’ve allowed us to fully think through the terms on which we deliver a film festival. What kind of film festival do we want to be? What kind of film festival can we be? All 171 films in Alchemy 11 are captioned, some are available with audio description for blind and partially sighted audiences, and the whole thing is entirely free. We’re especially proud to integrate our year-round work making films with local communities into an international programme that’ll be delivered to the world from Hawick, our home in the Scottish Borders.”
For further information, you can access the full festival programme here.
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