If you're one of our regular visitors you will have been enjoying the Watershed experience with an increasingly diverse range of people. We're an open and diverse venue with a broad artistic programme that engages with cultures both locally and globally - everyone is welcome and we're proud to see you all come through our doors or visit us online.
We'd like to maintain the high quality of experience at Watershed for everyone and to achieve this we need your help.
The International Film Festival Berlin, also called the Berlinale, is one of the largest publicly attended events in the film world. Founded in 1951, the 2011 festival is the 61st instalment of this annual event, which shows around 400 films each year. The majority of these are European premieres, and vary in genre, length and format.
Everyone at Watershed is very proud of Managing Director Dick Penny who has been awarded an MBE for services to the Creative Industries in Bristol in the 2011 New Year's Honours List.
Dick is Managing Director of Watershed in Bristol, he works as a producer, a manager and a consultant in the creative sector. Watershed is a cross-artform producer, sharing, developing and showcasing exemplary cultural ideas and talent. Rooted in Bristol, Watershed places no boundaries on its collective imagination or desire to connect with artists and audiences in the wider world.
We just wanted to let you know that we have changed the way we book films. Unlike most cinemas we have always booked the programme in advance and published fixed dates for each film. The benefit was that you could look over the whole month and see what was on. The downside was that if a film was well received we couldn't keep it playing and if something last minute happened (eg. a director wanted to come and talk about the film) it would create havoc with our rigid scheduling.
In looking to the future we've had to review what it really means to be an open innovation hub, connecting ideas and individuals across a wide range of creative, cultural and commercial constituencies. And we've had to reflect on what we've learned in trying to build a cultural programme that showcases talent and rewards the curiosity of all our collaborators and audiences.