Cultural Cinema

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.

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.

My Beautiful Laundrette
Article by Mark Cosgrove

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator, reflects on the changing nature of film exhibition and the value of cinema.

Europa Cinema Entrepreneur of the Year
Length: 2m 40s

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'.

Still from Man All Seasons
Posted on Mon 20 June 2016 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...