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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 a 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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Visit

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

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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.

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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

People

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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

Publications

Downloadable publications, reports and articles about Watershed and its activity

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Frequently asked questions

Got questions about Watershed – what is it exactly, how we are funded, how we are structured?

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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