About us

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Welcome to Watershed

Watershed champions engagement, imagination and ingenuity, working locally, nationally and globally from our home in Bristol, UK.

Our home has three cinemas, the Pervasive Media Studio and the Café & Bar.

Watershed is one of the most culturally upbeat and lively venues in the UK.
Mark Kermode, Journalist/Film Critic

What we do

We present a diverse programme of films, events, festivals, artist commissions, workshops and conferences with audiences and participation at its heart. Playfulness, relevance and care are key to our approach across all areas.

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Watershed is located on Bristol's historic harbourside in the city centre, with great transport links making it easy to get to.

Find out how to get here, opening hours, access details and about visiting as a family.

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Our mission & history

Black and white exterior photo of Watershed in 1980

Watershed Exterior circa 1980

Watershed opened its doors in 1982 and declared itself to be ‘Britain’s First Media Centre’ seeking to capture and contextualise the shift in media at the point when satellite TV and Channel 4 were starting up.

As the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West, we advance education, skills, appreciation and understanding of the arts with a particular focus on film, media and digital technologies.

Read more Our mission and history

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Jobs & opportunities

At Watershed's heart we are all about people.

We offer varied and challenging roles – from Chefs to General Assistants to Producers who join our creative team.

We also have a diverse range of other opportunities – such as professional development schemes, artist residencies, filmmaking competitions and activities for schools.

Current vacancies


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Dancing Shadows, as part of Layered Realities. Photo by Paul Blakemore.

Watershed employs the equivalent of around 100 full time staff across a range of activities from organising an artist’s residency or film screening to selling you a ticket or serving a meal.

Find out more about us, our roles and responsibilities. This should help you put a face to the name or a name to the face.

Meet the team

Further information


Downloadable publications, reports and articles about Watershed and its activity.

Our publications


Watershed policies detail the principles that underpin how we work with audiences, artists and staff.

Our policies

Contact us

If you have questions, comments or feedback then find out who to contact in this list of email and telephone contacts for different parts of Watershed.

Contact details