Still from Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

Still from Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

The screening of a film connects audiences to a wider dialogue about ideas, creativity, diversity and the world around us.

We are both an internationally renowned cultural cinema and the home of BFI Film Audience Network Hub for the South West, developing film culture across the region. We celebrate and screen new films and filmmakers, that would otherwise not be given exposure. 

With audiences and participation at our heart, we produce an inclusive programme of talent development, cinema exhibition, events and festivals.

 Bristol UNESCO City of Film 

Photo of people sat on the ground watching g a cinema screening in Bristol harbourside
Watershed is proud to be part of the strong film and television culture in the city that saw Bristol become a City of Film.

 Film Culture in the era of Netflix 

My Beautiful Laundrette
Article by Mark Cosgrove
In this Netflix dominated era, with more films bypassing cinema releases to go straight to streaming on demand, are we in danger of missing opportunities to promote, profile and discover the next generation of great films and filmmakers? What is the role of cinemas like ours in championing film culture? Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator, reflects on the changing nature of film exhibition and the value of cinema.

Cinema Rediscovered 2018

Cinema Rediscovered 2018
Please note: This event took place in July 2018
Join us for the third edition of Cinema Rediscovered - a chance to discover some of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe where they were meant to be experienced - on the big screen.

 Curate, collaborate and connect 

Still from The Florida Project by Sean Baker
Article by Mark Cosgrove
Watershed's approach to cinema – when everything about it is changing

Film Hub South West

Film Hub South West logo
Developing a thriving and inclusive film sector
Watershed is the regional Hub Lead Organisation for the BFI’s Film Audience Network initiative to develop audiences for a broader range of film. We work with cinemas, film exhibitors and distributors across the South West to promote great British and international independent cinema.


Still from Parasomnia by Steph Dalley
International short film competition
Depict, Watershed’s short filmmaking competition, has been challenging filmmakers since 1998 to make 90-second mini movie masterpieces.

Europa Cinema Entrepreneur of the Year

Europa Cinema Entrepreneur of the Year
In November 2010 Watershed, selected from among 1000 cinemas across 500 European cities, was awarded a major international prize by Europa Cinemas naming Watershed as 'Entrepreneur of the Year'.

 The Future of Cinema is its Past 

Still from Man All Seasons
Article by Mark Cosgrove
What is the future for the cinema? And what future for films, being shown in the cinema to appreciative audiences? Introducing Cinema Rediscovered...