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.
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.Read more
Our mission & history
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.
Watershed employs over 100 members of 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.
Downloadable publications, reports and articles about Watershed and its activity.
Watershed policies detail the principles that underpin how we work with audiences, artists and staff.
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.