Colourful animation
Shadowing with dog


What will your shadow get up to?

Shadowing, the winner of our second Playable City Award, has arrived on Bristol's streets. As streetlights come on across the city, traces of those who have passed by will be played back as shadows. So keep your eyes peeled - who knows where you'll encounter someone's shadow?



Encounters Festival

Tue 16 - Sun 21 Sept

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival returns to Bristol for its 20th edition, offering a chance to catch the best and brightest emerging talent from around the world.


Aged 16 – 19? Passionate about film?

BFI Film Academy - apply now

Participants will get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work in film from writing scripts to getting movies to the cinema screen. Apply now!

Sigourney Weaver in Alien

Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Register your interest now!

This winter we are taking a giant leap into the world of Sci Fi with a huge season dedicated to the world's most popular film genre. Get a sense of the shape of the season here, and sign up for updates...


September Podcast

Our Creative Director Clare Reddington discusses the positive aspects of play and how we can use the infrastructures of cities to make people think about where they live and how they can connect with each other.

Snow scene

In Order of Disappearance

Now screening

Cold, hard revenge has never been so brutally hilarious (Fargo meets Death Wish) - this terrific Scandinavian film stars Stellan Skarsgaard as a snowplough driver on the warpath to avenge his son's death.

A gateway

At Berkeley

Opens Mon 22 Sept

Frederick Wiseman (Basic Training), one of America's greatest living documentarians, brings us his 38th documentary since 1967, this time examining another of America's great institutions, the University of California at Berkeley.

A man

Maps to the Stars

Opens Fri 26 Sept

David Cronenberg makes a stunning return to take a tour into the darkly comic heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another, and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

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Food & Drink

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We are committed to projecting passion, care and pride in the whole Watershed experience. Our food is now as organic, seasonal, locally sourced and ethically produced as we can possibly make it. Sample our menu, get some drinks in or just come for a coffee before or after a film – the choice is up to you.

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Conference Hire

At Watershed we have a passion for innovation and creativity: we take pride in making your event stand out from the rest.

We offer imaginative choices to meet your conference needs, delivered in the inspirational surroundings of this independent organisation with its intimate and vibrant atmosphere. With customers at the heart of our organisation Watershed delivers a diverse programme of films, events, festivals and conferences.

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16 Sep, 2014
Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

This October and November Watershed is taking a giant leap into the world of Sci Fi with a huge season of film, music, events and workshops dedicated to the world's most popular film genre.