Group of students
Mark Cosgrove

August Podcast

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In this month's podcast our Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove reflects on his recent visit to Bologna, Italy, for the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival, which focuses on restored and archive films.



Dear White People

Now screening

The diversification of an all-black residence hall forces a group of African-American university students to take a stand in this funny, inventive and provocatively tongue-in-cheek social satire of racial politics.

Jon Aitken

Did you know...

Our Young Journalists at Rife are engaging Turner Prize-winning artists on Twitter?

24-year-old journalist Jon Aitken received some fascinating tweets about his article on Why Young People Aren’t Going to Art Galleries and even got a direct response from controversial artist Jake Chapman himself, who then followed Rife on Twitter.

A DJ at the decks


Now screening

The exhilarating latest from Mia Hansen-Love traces the rise of the 'French touch' generation of house music - one that spawned superstars like Daft Punk and Cassius - from the 1990s to the present day.

Song of the Sea seals

Summer Animated Adventures

Fri 17 July - Thu 3 Sept

It's fun for all the family this summer with a special season of animated adventures that will see you travel to Japan, Ireland, far-flung flying cities and back again. Next up is the absolutely gorgeous Song of the Sea.

Young people playing games

Game on!

£4.50 tickets for anyone aged 24 and under

If you're a young person aged 24 or under you can see any film here, at any time, on any day, and still have change from a fiver.

Amy Winehouse


Now screening

Fresh from Cannes and a triumphant critical reception, Amy reunites the team behind the award-winning Senna to tell the incredible story of the glorious rise and heartbreaking fall of Amy Winehouse.

Urbanimals Rabbit

The winner is...


The winner of this year's Playable City Award is Urbanimals - curious, interactive creatures that appear in unexpected areas of the city. They'll be springing up in Bristol later in the year for you to play with!


Salt of the Earth

Now screening

Wim Wenders takes a look back at the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in this stunning visual odyssey.


Cyclescreen: Bristol Bike Film Festival

Thu 20- Sun 23 Aug

In celebration of Bristol’s affection for the bicycle, Cyclescreen returns to Watershed with an exciting programme of documentaries and talks featuring some of the leading filmmakers and authors from cycling culture.


Bristol Festival of Puppetry

Thu 27 - Mon 31 Aug

With over 100 artists performing, 50 live performances including world premieres and a heap of free events and activities, the Festival of Puppetry is a key event in Bristol's cultural diary, now visiting Watershed for the very first time.

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30 Jul, 2015
Cyclescreen returns to Watershed this August

Hot on the heels of the thrilling climax of the Tour de France and spectacular win for Chris Froome, plus Bradley Wiggins’ new World Hour Record, Watershed proudly presents the return of Cyclescreen, Bristol’s very own dedicated bike film festival from Thu 20 – Sun 23 Aug.