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‘A small film with a big heart’ – Esther May Campbell’s first feature opens at Watershed

Tue 20 Sep, 2016

Light Years opens at Watershed with a special preview screening at Encounters Short Film Festival and is the first feature from Bristol-based Esther May Campbell, starring singer-songwriter Beth Orton. A lyrical drama about family relationships wilting in the late summer heat, Light Years is Beth Orton’s big screen acting debut.

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New Talent Residencies

Tue 6 Sep, 2016

Playable prints, curious playgrounds and a treasure hunt of Britain's steel towns... these are the brilliant ideas from the recipients of Watershed's New Talent Residencies. We thought we’d find out how they are getting on so far…

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DepicT! '16 Shortlist is live!

Fri 2 Sep, 2016

With this year’s DepicT! film entries numbering a record breaking 700 films from 63 different countries, we had an especially exciting and diverse pool of mini movies to whittle down to our shortlist of just fifteen films: the shortlist is now live on and awaiting your votes and comments.

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Unfixed 2.0 - Challenging Perceptions of Disability

Thu 1 Sep, 2016

Unfixed is a creative research project bringing together UK and Australian disabled artists to explore notions of the 'fixed' and 'unfixed' body through the lens of art and technology. If disabled people are able to access ways of being in the world that the ‘able-bodied’ are not, who exactly is disabled?

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Making Watershed accessible for everyone

Wed 24 Aug, 2016

We have a whole host of events in September that are accessible for Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people, including a robotics showcase, a creative workshop exploring 'feeling' sound, Deaf Conversations About Cinema, shorts programmes and more...

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Introducing our newest Artist in Residence

Wed 24 Aug, 2016

‘Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut' is a completely new immersive experience exploring identity and mythology. It is the latest brilliant idea commissioned through Watershed’s Artist in Residence programme.

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Watershed shortlisted for UK Cinema of the Year 2016

Thu 18 Aug, 2016

Watershed has been shortlisted for UK Cinema of the Year 2016 at the prestigious Screen Awards, which recognises excellence in film distribution, exhibition and marketing in the UK film industry.

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Encounters Festival returns with local heroes

Wed 17 Aug, 2016

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival returns from Tue 20 - Sun 25 Sept. This year audiences, filmmakers and industry players can expect five days of the best short films from more than 40 countries alongside a series of special big screen events, a comprehensive industry programme and Q&As with leading filmmakers.

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Introducing Watershed Jukebox by Stand + Stare

Wed 10 Aug, 2016

You may have noticed a new arrival in the Café/Bar – the Watershed Jukebox, a brand new arcade-style story booth which celebrates and showcases the people and stories of Watershed – from the bits you may know (like the cinema) – to those you may have not have experienced (yet!).

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Director Phillipa Lowthorpe visits for Swallows & Amazons preview

Mon 1 Aug, 2016

Join us for an audience with Bristol-based and BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call the Midwife, Jamaica Inn) as she visits Watershed for a Q&A after a special preview screening on Sun 7 Aug at 15:00.

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