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If you’re 16 – 25, live in the South West and want to learn about or work in film, we can support you. BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for 16 – 25 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries.

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Project Ended in July 2022

Developing young people’s digital skills, voice, confidence, experience and networks so they go into the creative sector and thrive. Rife focussed on young people’s voices and creativity to set the agenda in the sector, driving it forward so it continues to innovate and inspire.

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In this article Martin O'Leary, Watershed's Creative Technologist, talks about how Watershed's relationship to creative technology has changed, and how we plan to move forward in a way that reflects our values. This article is published on our Studio website.

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A place for early career creatives curious about film and/or creative technology practice.

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Watershed is excited to be a partner in MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol that will celebrate the West of England’s reputation as an international...

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Our work

Gathering Moss is a digital landscape, created in 2021, of artistic ideas made in response to the climate emergency. It presents ideas online, to provoke net-zero acts within the real world.

Soil Futures, Spring Residencies Showcase
Please note: This event took place in July 2021

Join us for a free and in-person Artists showcase event to experience the work in progress created by Watershed’s Spring Artists in Residence – Katy Connor and Lukus Robbins

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Project Ended in March 2020

Creative Producers International gathered together a dynamic network of creative producers from across the world. It aimed to enhance individual practices, raise ambitions and make real change across the world on a city scale.

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A five-year programme connecting the worlds of university research and creative business to develop a shared vision for tomorrow’s creative industries.

Welcome to the Pervasive Media Studio
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Want to be inspired, take a break, and learn more about brilliant projects and people working with creative technology? Maybe you want to know what creative technology even is exactly? Visit the Pervasive Media Studio and find out more!

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Project Ended in May 2018

MAYK, Unlimited and Watershed worked in partnership in May 2018 to deliver Unlimited Connects, a day-long celebration with Deaf and disabled artists.

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Project Ended in March 2018

An exploration of the potential of 5G through a series of experimental events - asking artists, researchers and creatives to produce bold new works in public space.

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The film and television industry in the UK is thriving but a skills shortage and lack of diversity within the sector threaten to undermine it's future. The BFI Film Academy identifies and nurtures young talent to help the sector continue to thrive.


Playable City puts people and play at the heart of the future city, re-using city infrastructure and re-appropriating smart city technologies to create connections – person to person, person to city.

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Watershed runs a thriving Event, Conference and Room Hire business with all income generated going to support our programme of cultural cinema, art & technology and work with young people.

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Watershed's annual funded Residency Programme supports practitioners to develop creative technology projects.

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Watershed is part of University of West of England's City Campus

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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.